Tulare was a horse with heart.
The bay son of Reminic who sired a National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Open Bridle World Champion died in July at a veterinary clinic from what was suspected to be a reoccurrence of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM), a neurological condition he had previously suffered as a young horse.
Co-owner Marilyn Bowling, of Oasis Ranch, said the 1999 stallion’s heart and try made him stand out from the crowd. Bowling, who owned the stallion out of the $829,046-producing mare Clays Little Peppy (by Peppy San Badger) with her husband, Pete, rode the horse during his short show career.
“I knew I could count on him no matter what I asked him to do,” she said. “I knew I could count on him. He had that try that not all horses have.”
Bowling said Tulare’s show career was cut short due to illness, first by EPM while he was pointed toward the futurities and later due to enteroliths, mineral accumulations in his intestines that had to be surgically removed.
The lone start on his Equi-Stat record is a West Coast Reining Horse Association Show, where he and Bowling won a hackamore snaffle bit class. He also earned his American Quarter Horse Association Open Performance Register of Merit, and was a point earner in the association in reining, junior reining and senior reining.
Tulare’s Leading Earners
Though Tulare won money in reining, both of his top earners shined in the sport of reined cow horse.
His top earner, Earthly Riches, was the 2018 NRCHA Open Bridle World Champion with trainer Daniel Sanchez. A son of the mare Cmon Tell Us (by King Fritz Two), Earthly Riches has a lifetime Equi-Stat record of $43,178.
Second-leading earner, Tulare Dawn, was the Two-Rein Non-Pro Reserve World Champion at the 2020 NRCHA Celebration of Champions with owner Wendi Lund. The 7-year-old mare out of Yeller Jeans (by Yellow Roan of Texas) has earnings of $7,586.
Both horses were bred by Oasis Ranch.
In all, Tulare has an Equi-Stat sire record of $58,546 in earnings from nine money-winning performers. Bowling said the stallion was able to breed a few mares this year before his health declined, so there should be one more small crop in 2021.
She also has several Tulare daughters that will carry on his legacy in the broodmare herd, as well as a son that might someday take his place as a stallion at Oasis Ranch.