A few years ago I spent a weekend watching a reining competition and noting the bloodlines I liked, common mistakes of rookies and doing my best to score the patterns. I also noticed the usual assortment of colors, fake manes and tails, glittery show clothing and all that bling bling but after a while it all started to blend together... sure every so often a really eye catching palomino or buckskin would step in to the arena and stand out from the rest.... or a grulla, black or paint would pop out and say "look at me" but after a while it would take a special individual to pique my interest. In fact, there was just one such horse who walked in to the arena that night and made such an impression that I still remember him to this day....he truly was a stand out as his color just popped right out from everything around him... he was a color rarely seen in the show pen...he was a cremello.
From that day on I've had a special fondness for cremellos and perlinos. Sure I love them because of their double dilute gene (meaning no matter what color they are crossed on they will always produce a buckskin, palomino, smokey black....)
(Half Arabian Buckskin colt by Hollywood White)
....but I've come to appreciate their unique and mythical charm.
Some people really dont like the look of cremellos and I understand why...sometimes and in some light they can be pretty freaky with their pink skin and blue eyes...(some breeders also think that they are more prone towards skin cancers and blindness. They also can have trouble with sunburns.) But I especially like the way that cream colored coat stood out against the browns of the dirt arena... or maybe I'm still dreaming of the "white unicorn" of my childhood. Either way, I'd love for my next horse to be a cremello (and yes, I just might have a specific one in mind.)
Do you like the look of a cremello?
In this post are pictures of one of my favorite stallions Hollywood White who stands at Forgotten Lane Farm. He is an own son of Hollywood Jac 86 and a World Champion reining horse. He was primarily used as a sire for half Arabian reining horses...
(Half Arabian reiner by Hollywood White)
but has recently been bred on more AQHA mares. He also caries the dun gene! Check out his video to see what I mean about that cremello/perlino color standing out in the show ring