Both photos by Sheila Miller
AQHA Dun Stallion, Big Jimeny Jumpup, by Suzi Romine
By Suzi Romine. This AQHA shows the extremely rare "varnish
roan" pattern, a part of the leopard-complex of genes,
which are responsible for "appy" coloration in the
Appaloosa and other spotted breeds. Leopard-complex genes
in the Quarter Horse are extremely rare due to the color restrictions
of the AQHA. Spotting has never been acceptable, but the one
"appy" pattern that mimics roan is Varnish, and
thus has remained in the breed even today. It's often confused
with roan, a color pattern common in the quarter horse, however
it is genetically very different. Roan produces white hairs
over the body but leaves the legs and face unaltered. Varnish,
as seen here, sprinkles white hairs on the legs and face,
often in the soft areas of the body, while leaving the bony
Bay dun AQHA mare, by Teresa Rogers.
Hunter Bay Creek, AQHA Foundation stallion, by Melody.
AQHA "Cropout", a palomino sabino Quarter Horse.
True cropouts do not exist, as a true croput would be the
result of two solid parents having a pinto foal. Pinto genes
are dominant, and that means that when Quarter horses produce
a cropout, one of them, too, is a pinto, just minimally marked.
There have been many pinto Quarter Horses that are registered
AQHA. Because sabino, frame, and splashed white genes can
be mimnimally expressed, the gene can be passed on through
horses that adhere to the "White Line Rule" of the
AQHA and still carry pinto genes. Many foundation quarter
horses, such as Old Fred and Joe Reed, carried pinto genes.
Sunny D Light, by Holly Charland
HR Jumpin Stuff by Suzi Romine