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bloodlines BY LESLI GROVES More famous now as the stallion Playgun’s mother, she was a celebrity in her own right, earning more than $500,000. white-haired cowboy gives his teenage son a yearling fi lly for Christmas. It conjures up a scene from an old-timey Leanin’ Tree card. Except this is South Texas. Prickly pear replaces spruce, and the gun-metal grey fi lly doesn’t have a wreath around her neck. Miss Silver Pistol ultimately earned more than $500,000, shown by Wes Shahan (pictured here in 1985), Joe Blaylock and Tom Lyons. Her biggest win, the Gold & Silver Stakes, worth $230,000+, by itself puts her at the top of Doc Hickory’s winners. Wes followed Blaylock’s advice, giving the mare lots of slow riding, much more trotting than loping. She appeared to like Wes more than most humans, but remained wary and on high alert throughout her life. Thirty years after she retired, she still ranks #27 on NCHA’s All-Time Leading Money Earners List. DANNY W. HUEY Instead of “Merry Christmas,” Dad opens the stall door and says, “Be careful.” “She was wild,” Wes Shahan said, remembering Miss Silver Pistol in 1983. “Not trusting. Not forgiving. Not a ‘people-horse’. She was trying to climb out of that stall. But I remember Dad saying, ‘She’ll be the best one I ever give you.’” The Shahans lived on a ranch in Pleasanton, Texas, south of San Antonio, owned by the San Jose Cattle Company, and Wes’s dad, Art, was the 108 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


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