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Appaloosa model
(photo from Appaloosa Horse Club's web site
AQHA model
(photo from American Quarter Horse Association's web site

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In "The Mixer Horse," from the January/February 2000 issue of America's Horse magazine, Leslie Groves tells about a 1967 AQHA committee resolving to commission a portrait of an "ideal" Quarter Horse for promotional purposes. In June 1968, Orren Mixer presented his painting for the committee's inspection. While many questions have been posed as to the model for his painting, Mixer said that he didn't use any particular horse for a model, "This one came out of my imagination."

According to the magazine article, in the late 1990s, an AQHA subcommitte met to refine the standards for judging halter classes. After some discussion, they agreed that the "Mixer Horse" was what they were looking for.

Many changes were taking place within the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) when, in _____, a decision was made to replace the "Phippen Model" with a more "modern" or "up-to-date" look. Orren Mixer was commissioned to paint

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