Born 1972 | Coloured Mare
Born in late 1972, bred by Colony Stud, Colonial Sweet Sioux was welcomed to the world by breeder Sam Horden. Her Sire was the imported Appaloosa “Dutchman’s Treat” and her mother, an athletic thoroughbred, Colony China.
Purchased as a foal by Mr. Ted Hodges, Sioux started her younger years at Willow Park Stud. Here she began her show career. Sioux was a great filly and funnily enough was quickly repurchased by Sam at Colony Stud, where her show career continued. During this time she was an Appaloosa National Halter Champion in 1975, 1976 and 1977.
In late 1981, Colonial Sweet Sioux was purchased by Pam and Lindsay Pyne at Pynewood Stud on the Central Coast of NSW where she would find herself moving from the halter scene to a performance horse.
Sioux was started under saddle; she was a trainable and versatile mare, who excelled in cattle events. She was certainly afavourite turn back horse when Lindsay and Pam went on the road to cutting shows in the early 1980s, however she was never shown under saddle at this point.
Her first performance success came in 1985, when Sioux won the Australian Cow Horse Championships at Pine Lodge in Brisbane, Queensland. It was judged by USA’s NRHA Hall of Famer, Ronnie Richards. It was such an unbelievable achievement for Sioux, especially when at the time she was almost 6 months in foal with Peggy Sioux. The Pyne’s always thought Peggy was going to be born with spur marks!
Sioux took some time off in the paddock to foal, but after quite a bad fall, which caused Pam to lose her horse riding confidence, Lindsay hadthe idea to bring Sioux back in work for Pam to poke around on and regain that lost confidence. Quite a special bond was formed between the two.
The pair went on to perform in Western Pleasure, Bridle Path Hack, Trail, Dressage, Cutting & Working Cowhorse where many regional and state awards were won. Again, she excelled at a National and open breed level in cattle events. She even did her small part as a child’s horse and was shown to become a National Champion in Leadline with the Pyne’s son.
Sioux produced 7 registered Appaloosa foals. Sioux’s grandchildren can still be seen in today’s show ring. Her progeny and their successes speak for themselves and include:
AAA Ltd Champion gelding, Sanford Vale Subaroo, born in 1983
Sanford Vale Peggy Siouxwas born in 1986. Peggy is the Dam of WJ Perfectly Picked, who is the dam of RP Perfect Night’s Dream and RP Intimidation, both of which are National, State and Futurity Champion Appaloosa Stallions.
Sanford Vale Colonial Dusty, a stallion born in 1988. He has AAA ROMs in Pleasure and recognition awards across general performance events. He sired Colonial Park Hot and Handsome who was Australia’s first Appaloosa to be recognised at Grand Prix level in Dressage.
Sioux was willing and able in everything she did. Her speed down the fence was incomparable to many and her versatility to change from dressage to trail to cow horse is a testament to the versatility of the Appaloosa breed.
Pam and Lindsay knew they had something special in Sioux and she will always have a special place in their hearts.