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Impressive
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Halter
Sire Lucky Bar
Grandsire Three Bars (TB)
Dam Glamour Bars
Maternal grandsire Lightning Bar
Sex Stallion
Foaled April 15, 1969
Country United States
Color Sorrel
Breeder Perry Cotton
Owner Dean Landers
Fennel Brown
Other awards
1974 AQHA World Champion Open Aged Halter stallion
Last updated on: January 13, 2008.
This article is about the American Quarter Horse. For other uses, see Impressive.

Impressive (April 15, 1969 – March 20, 1995) was born an Appendix American Quarter Horse, who earned his full AQHA registration in 1971. He was the 1974 World Champion Open Aged halter stallion, the first such World Champion in his breed, despite carrying only 48 halter points in total. He is famous for his highly successful progeny, having sired 2,250 foals. Nearly thirty of his offspring went on to be World Champions themselves.

Impressive is also notorious as the primary source of the widespread genetic disease known as hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP).

In his showing days, Impressive changed hands a number of times, perhaps his most famous owner being Dean Landers, who also owned the famous halter stallions Two Eyed Jack, Coy's Bonanza, and Sonny Dee Bar. Although Impressive raced for a short time after Landers sold him to Fennel Brown, he was quickly excluded from any performance discipline due to pedal osteitis, leaving halter as his only choice. His groundbreaking 1974 World Championship soon cemented his role in that discipline. Each time Impressive was resold, his price rose quickly; at one point, an offer of $300,000 for him was refused by Brown, who said "ain't nobody in this world got enough money to buy this horse."

Impressive was highly sought after for breeding, despite at one time carrying the outrageously high stud fee of $25,000. He sired a total of 2,250 foals, and as of 2003, was estimated to have in excess of 55,000 living descendants. He was bred for his muscular and refined form, which was passed on to his get often enough to make him at least the #5 all-time leading Quarter Horse sire when ranked by AQHA points earned by all progeny combined. Perhaps his greatest foal is Noble Tradition, a four-time World Champion stallion in halter, who has gone on to be a highly successful sire himself.

Although Impressive was not known to have exhibited any symptoms of the disease himself,[citation needed] gradually it became evident that many horses tracing to Impressive were afflicted with the painful, alarming, and often fatal disease hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP). Further, it has never been observed in horses not descendants of his line. HYPP is a dominant gene, and as such, all animals with even one copy of the gene, identified as "N/H", will exhibits some symptoms of the disease. Horses with two copies, identified as "H/H." will always pass on the condition, and research suggests that H/H horses may have more severe symptoms than N/H horses.

After a number of years of debate, effective since January 1, 2007, the AQHA amended rule 205(c)(3) and rule Rule 227(e) to require all descendants of Impressive to be tested prior to being registered, and ban from registration all horses born after January 1, 2007 with HYPP genetics confirmed by DNA testing to be homozygous for the condition (H/H).

However, other breed registries that accept animals with Quarter Horse bloodlines, including the American Paint Horse Association and the Appaloosa Horse Club, have yet to bar such animals. There is currently a widespread effort among many breeders to eliminate the disease by selective breeding, but there are those who continue to breed without regard for it, seeking the muscular enhancement correlated with it, and in doing so perpetuate the disease's existence.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Impressive
Sire
Lucky Bar (TB)
Three Bars (TB) Percentage (TB) Midway
Gossip Avenue
Myrtle Dee (TB) Luke McLuke
Civil Maid
Fulfilment (TB) Karimkhan Dastur
Teresina
Flying Bimy Bimelech
Thirty Knots
Dam
Glamour Bars
Lightning Bar Three Bars (TB) Percentage (TB)
Myrtle Dee (TB)
Della P Doc Horn (TB)
mare by Old DJ
Tonkawa Bar Sugar Bars Three Bars (TB)
Frontera Sugar
Bucket Baby Leo
Black Dahlia Bucket


External links[edit]


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212 news items

Horse Racing Nation

The Courier-Journal
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:28:53 -0800

“I loved to see him have that win on the dirt,” said Pletcher, who has John Velazquez booked to ride. “He's a very impressive horse to watch train. He's continued to do that and has shown his versatility. He's a nice horse.” For trainer Dale Romans ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:10:55 -0800

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Palm Beach Post
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:07:30 -0800

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Horsetalk

Horsetalk
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:23:46 -0700

Impressive was not merely his name, but his genetic legacy. He was the Arnold Schwarzenegger of quarter horses, a muscle-bound show stallion from Oklahoma whose foals boasted his extraordinary heftiness. But what appeared desirable could kill.

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:29:03 -0700

But Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth was back at work on Monday, showing off his impressive horse riding skills on the UK set of The Huntsman. The 31-year-old actor cut a dashing figure as he was snapped in full leather attire riding on the back of a ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:59:19 -0700

Kaley Cuoco is more than just a successful actress and comedian - she is also an avid horseback rider. On Friday, Kaley indulged that love by taking her own horse, Thor, for a ride at an equestrian centre in Moorpark, California. The Big Bang Theory ...

New York Magazine

New York Magazine
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:32:08 -0800

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Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun
Sat, 16 May 2015 19:10:36 -0700

Pons said Mr. Z "just got beat by a better horse today," and he called American Pharaoh "the most impressive horse I've seen since Secretariat," referring to the 1973 Triple Crown winner. "We're glad all the horses came back safe, and we're looking ...
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