Paint & Color Breeds
Paints are as versatile in their talents as they are in their coat colors, so it’s no surprise that the 2015 Six PAC Top Five winner competes in a wide variety of events. Feel The Sting, a 2005 bay tovero mare by Sting N Color and out of Ciaras Doc Smoker, earned 765 qualifying PAC credits last year to top the 2015 Six PAC Top Five year-end standings.
Owned and bred by Fayra and Thomas Staas of Marysville, California, “Sting” competes in gymkhana, a sport composed of various speed events.
“I want a horse that has the speed of a racehorse, the cow sense of a cutter, roper, team penner or sorter, and the stop of a reining horse. I also want a horse who is gorgeous to look at, who is smart and willing to work, yet also calm and gentle,” Fayra said. “That’s what I strive for, and that’s what I feel I have in Sting. I was elated the day she was born, and I knew she’d be in the Journal someday.”
Though taking home the Six PAC Top Five No. 1 title checks a big goal off the Staas family’s list, they’re sure to keep saddling up their Paints for fast times and good memories for years to come.
“We have taken as many as seven horses to compete, and all the work and fun of riding, competing and camping are memories our family will cherish forever,” Fayra said.
The May 2016 Paint Horse Journal recognized Sting and our other Six PAC Top Five and Six PAC Top Five Youth winners, along with our 2015 PAC division champs. Order your commemorative copy here or subscribe to the Journal for great Paint news and articles all year long. Subscribe, renew or extend your PHJ subscription now through November 13, and you’ll be entered to win great prizes in our quarterly thank-you drawings, in honor of our 50th anniversary.
To learn more about the Paint Alternative Competition program or to enroll in this fun program that allows your Paint to earn an APHA performance record, personal recognition and even great year-end awards, check out apha.com/programs/pac.
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