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Appaloosa Stallion

Registration:  ApHC #101754
Foaled:  May 18, 1967
Color:  Red roan

Three Suns
Three Suns
continuing the Sundance legacy
(photo courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Wayne F. Manis)

THREE SUNS:  a legacy to the future.

Three Suns was considered to be one of the most balanced, large (near 16.1 hands, weighing 1300 pounds), yet refined Sundance-bred stallions in the nation. He also possessed respected Quarter Horse and Colorado Ranger Horse breeding.

The sire of leopards, few-spot leopards, blankets and roan foals, his get won first and fourth in the South Carolina Weanling Colt Futurity and third and fourth in the Filly Futurity in 1975. The 1974 North Carolina Reserve Champion 1971 mare and 1974 South Carolina Reserve Champion 1973 colt were also by Three Suns. A daughter stood first twice in the Sundance High Point Competition and placed the third year of this competition.

From The Complete Book of the Appaloosa, by Jan Haddle: Three Suns' photo heads Chapter 10, entitled, "Leopard Spots." Page 237 reads,

"A 1967 model son (of Sunspot Revel), a halo-spotted leopard named Three Suns, has carried on the Sundance name in the Carolinas. He represents a successful cross of Sunspot Revel on a Miller-Ding Bob-bred mare named Blue 67, who also carries crosses to Peppy and the King Ranch "Old Sorrel" Quarter Horse. In his show career, he has never placed less than third in any show. His foals have been leopard, blanket, and snowflake from all types of mares."
From Page 289,
"A host of track and show winners owe their greatness to their Miller "67" branded dams. Several of the Miller 67 mares figure prominently in the dams' pedigrees of such notables as Three Suns, Joker's Monte, Leo Bar Caro, Cherry Leo, Han D Echo, and Dutch Bob, all of which are influential sires of the Appaloosa breed. As a broodmare line this bloodline is unequaled by any."

Three Suns
Three Suns
(photo courtesy of
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne F. Manis)

Three Suns was shown extensively through the Southeast from 1969 to 1973 and early 1977 (after a four-year retirement) in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Alabama. He was shown over 60 times and was campaigned in Halter, Western Pleasure and Reining. He also competed in several Endurance Rides. In addition to numerous first place wins, he had many Grand and Reserve Grand Championships. Three Suns never placed lower than third in the above mentioned show career.

{In addition to Jan Haddle's book, "The Complete Book of the Appaloosa," additional information and the photographs came from Mr. & Mrs. Wayne F. Manis, owners of Three Suns when I met them in the early 1980s.}

Joe Daniels
March 2000

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