Top paint stallion dies

September 15, 2006

Sacred Indian
Sacred Indian, the famous Medicine Hat Paint stallion, owned by the Banister family of White Harvest Farms in Colorado, was euthanised on August 31. The 22-year-old stallion, an APHA Leading Sire, had become severely arthritic as the result of an old injury.

The homozygous stallion, sired by Cherokee Indian and out of Sweet Spirit, had 475 lifetime performance points and passed on his tremendous courage and spirit to 312 sons and daughters, many of which have become outstanding performance horses in their own right.

Of his progeny, 95 have show records, seven have race records and 182 have been enrolled in APHA's Breeders Trust program. Sacred Indian, whose barn name was "Hatter," was also a 1998 Breyer Horse Model.

According to Karen Banister, "Hatter did everything well, whether it was jumping, Western pleasure, roping or racing. Not because we made him do it, but because we asked him to do it. He was simply an outstanding athlete."