Waspy Leo is regretfully being offered for sale or lease.
In 2010, after his first year in the show ring he unfortunately stepped through a pasture bridge. Although no damage (x-rays) was found, he has never completely recovered and is only suitable for light riding or as a breeding stallion. I am open to offers or suggestions for this stallion as he has been my dream and my best friend. I am not set up for breeding and would like to see the Equine world enhanced with what this beautiful stallion has to offer, his rare color and his marvelous disposition and pedigree.
If you are interested to market his rare silver N/Z semen or are interested in multiple live covers, please let me know.
I am open to suggestions, his safety and care come first!
$7500.Serious inquiries only please.
please e-mail me @ ingasmith22@yahoo,com
Waspy Leo 2006 Silver Bay Stallion
"The Quarter Horse "Silver (Z) Gene"
The Silver Gene "exposed"
- some of the Saddle Up article March 2013
A Quarter horse with a beautiful silver frosted mane and tail? There is something very unique about this gene. An unusual color....an unusual gene, especially when it is the result produced from both chestnut colored Dam and Sire!
The Silver (Z) Gene was unrecognized for many years in the A.Q.H.A because it is only visible (expressed) on black base colored coats, which it dilutes or lightens. According to University of California, Davis (Veterinary Genetics Laboratory) the Silver 'dilution' gene "dilutes black pigment, but has no effect on red pigment". Chestnut/red colored horses that carry the Silver gene do not visually express the silver color (because the Silver gene does not affect red pigment), making them hidden carriers of the silver gene. "Black, Brown, Bay, Buckskin, Grulla and Bay Duns are examples of black color based coats and the Silver gene will express and be visible on the black areas of these coat color patterns (when the Silver (Z) gene is present in the DNA.) Before the Silver gene was recognized many horses that carried and expressed the silver gene were mis-registered as being Chestnut for instance, instead of Silver Bay or as Liver Chestnut with Flaxen mane and tail, when it was really a Silver Black. However unusual, the silver gene is a dominant gene and a horse carrying even only one copy of the Silver gene has a 50 percent chance of passing the Silver (Z) gene to its offspring.
The Silver gene has a most unusual effect on black based coat colors. On a Black horse carrying the Silver gene, the coat may become a chocolate brown or taffy color, with a contrasting silver / gray colored mane and tail. When the Silver gene is added to Bay you get "Silver Bay" (like Waspy Leo) a coat color which can range from light taupe, to a deep mahogany red color with the lighter Silver / grey mane and tail. The usually black (Bay) lower legs are often diluted to pewter/ light brown and often have some dappling.The leg hairs usually grow lighter towards the hooves, which are often striped.
The usual "black" legs of a Bay are multi colored, frosted with silver.
The Silver (Z) Gene was not recognized by AQHA until 2005, when a DNA test revealed the Silver (Z) gene was present in a mis-described “chestnut with flaxen mane and tail” colored stallion 'Bar U Champ Binder'. "Champ" was purchased by Leroy Vossler in 1982 from the famed Bar U Ranch in Alberta, Canada, now, a national historic site. For years he produced intriguing foal coat colors, and after some persuasion the Vosslers' sent in a hair sample to UC Davis for DNA testing. The results proved him to be the first confirmed "Silver (Z) gene" carrier recognized by the AQHA. At the age of 24, Bar U Champ Binder’s registration papers were officially changed from Chestnut to "Bay" and a notation added stating he was a "silver dilution gene carrier". Now deceased, the stallion Bar U Champ Binder sired 35 registered foals, of which 7 were confirmed silver carriers.
Debbie Black, with the AQHA stated in 2009 that there were very few registered Quarter Horses known to carry the silver gene at that time and the majority of those registered go back to Bar U Champ Binder. There may have been others, but until 2002 there was no way to test for the Silver (Z) gene. To my Knowledge there are only 3 (including Waspy Leo) registered stallions (Silver Gene carriers) recorded in Canada.They are all full Brothers (Half Way Leo x Champs Waspy Cat)
Write up on the History of the Silver Dapple Gene :
WESTERN HORSEMAN MAGAZINE: JULY 2009, page 2
http://www.zinio.com/pages/WesternHorseReview/Jul-09/416087336/pg-2 (to magnify print click on issue picture)
Article about me ( Inga Smith) and the purchase of Waspy Leo:
Article about Waspy Leo and his full Silver Gene brothers:
Silver on Bay - Waspy Leo Possibilities
Waspy Leos' agouti tested as EE and his extension AA, so he will throw bay base foals regardless of mare color. This means that even if a sorrel or chestnut is bred to Leo, the result will be a bay point foal (black legs/mane/tail)
If the foal gets the Z gene, any black pigment will be diluted to a chocolate-brown, ranging in shade from taupe or "dead grass" color through mocha-brown to deep chocolate or reddish brown, often with a bluish cast. The main body color will range from light gold to various shades of brown (with darker legs/mane tail) with a 50% chance of the bay points ( mane and tail) being silver.
When the Silver gene is acting on a bay base color, the red pigment on the body is unaffected, while the black on the legs is slightly diluted and the black of the mane/tail is more strongly diluted. This gives the appearance of a horse that is not quite bay, and not quite chestnut either. The mane and tail can vary from a platinum blonde, to a flaxen color, to just slightly diluted. Usually the legs are the main clue that the horse is not a chestnut -- they will be much darker than a chestnut, ranging from near-black to chocolate-brown, generally with lighter hair close to the hooves. They often show hints of sooty areas on the lower legs where black stockings would have appeared without the influence of the silver modifier.
Silvers often have a distinct "face mask" of darker hair which is helpful in identifying them. This "mask" generally covers the forehead, around the eyes, and down the front of the nose. They also tend to have lighter hair on the lower legs, lightest close to the hooves. Foals often have hooves with a very strong and distinct striping pattern, and white eyelashes. These traits are helpful for identifying Silver in foals, but are gradually outgrown.
As Waspy Leo's DNA test reveals:
He is a carrier of the z silver dapple dilution gene.
Leo has also been tested for color genetics and he is (EE agouti and AA extension)
This means Leo will reproduce bay point foals (regardless of mare color) with a 50 % chance the silver gene being passed on.
* one Dun and two SILVERS so far!
Buckskin (Dun) filly Satin N Sable 2010
2011 Silver Filly (not for sale)
Started as a 3 yr old by Mike Dodd, breeder and trainer.
Leo was started in 2009 by Mike Dodd
Our first show NVIHA in Courtenay April 25
M.A.Q.H.A Open and Amateur Stallion winner!
MY HORSE IS A DREAM
by Inga Smith
In the summer of 2007 I went to visit my brother Frank on his ranch in Fort St John. After chasing his cattle around for days, he knew he'd better try to save my sanity and introduce me to some 'horsey' people. We headed a few hectors over to his closest neighbors Mike and Gloria Dodd who bred and raised Quarter horses while managing the cattle duties on a big ranch. After bumping across a cattle guard and through a gate, we came upon a rainbow of different color horses ambling along side the dusty driveway, grasping at any blades of green grass the sun had missed. There were buckskins, bays, sorrels, palominos ...every color imaginable but my eyes drew like a magnet to one in particular. I gasped in awe as he approached me. He was a gorgeous dark bay with 2 white back socks and a pretty white snip down one nostril. His mane and tail started black and then frosted with silver. Hanging like icicles, the silver dripped off his mane and splashed against his dark glistening coat. I soaked up his image like the warm sun as I had never seen such a beautiful horse before. He came right up to me and nuzzled me as if I were an old friend .That was my first encounter with the “silver dream horse” Waspy Leo.
After meeting all the horses and touring the farm, we headed up for a coffee. I sat and listened intently about this rare silver gene and how it had been only been discovered in 2002 when a a silver bay was found to be the offspring of 2 chestnuts. AQHA said it was not possible and demanded DNA testing and the dilute silver dapple gene was exposed. The silver gene was found to affect only black pigment , not red pigment (although red horses could still be carriers, as in this case) and therefore could only physically be seen on a dark horse. Leo was tested to be a N/Z silver gene carrier and he and his full brother are the only registered Quarter horse/silver gene stallions in Canada! Fascinated with this new silver gene horse, I called over my shoulder as we left (those famous last words) ” If you ever decide to sell that horse, make sure to let me know!” I sped back to my brothers computer where I could share my new discovery and sent pictures and explanations of this 'silver stallion' to my friends and family.
About a year and a half later, out of the corner of my eye I saw a post on Face Book that Mike and Gloria were taking a couple of their horses to the Breeders Select Sale in Edmonton. Gloria had been badly injured under a heap of heavy fence panels and had been unable to work that past year. They were forced to relocate with their herd of colorful horses and could only find a suitable training facility in Alberta. My heart raced and my fingers quickly typed out the message “your not selling the silver stallion I fell in love with are you?” and breathlessly I waited for the answer. To my astonishment they had regretfully decided to part with their 'best' horse to make a dent in the mountain of expenses they incurred to relocate. Back at the computer I shared on face book my sadness and a final picture of my dream horse. My partner, in the mean time, was visiting with his sister when Leos' picture and my disappointment appeared before him on her computer screen. When he called me later, I babbled on and on about this beautiful horse. Then I heard a slight pause and the words I hadn't even considered “why don't you just buy him?” My heart stopped, I almost dropped the phone. It was surely a voice from God.
I talked to Mike on the phone several times, Gloria was already underway with the two horses to the Select Sale....there was no turning back. I had called the Alberta Breeders Group to arrange a way to bid on him over the phone but as I could hardly hear my options through the crackles of bad reception, I knew I had to be there. I booked a flight and was on a plane for Edmonton the next day!
I arrived at the hotel around midnight that night. The Friday night bar music vibrated the hotel walls and shook the floors but that was not what kept me from sleeping. My mind raced with hopes and fears, each battling the other for their place in reality. I closed my eyes....
“Soon I shall go to sleep, in hopes of seeing him again. His intelligent soft eyes, his elegant head. His soft heart, and his four legs. For my horse is a dream, a dream of the making.” ~Lindsay Turcotte
I had never been to an auction or sale before and didn't know what to expect. I know I should have just laid low, nonchalant, but the excitement and adrenaline had me asking a million questions and soon it was apparent to everyone that I intended to buy this horse. I spent all day with him, I think most of the people there assumed I was the seller, not the intended buyer! The Alberta Breeders Group and Mike and Gloria steered me in all the right directions and I could feel their energy teaming up with mine in hopes that Leo and I would somehow be destined to be together.
When the first horse entered the ring, my heart started to pound. By the time Leo came up (number 9) my hands were shaking and my body numb....this was it. I stood tall, not to be missed, as a blur of words and numbers pulsed through my ears. They kept pointing, I kept nodding, not sure what exact price we were at or if I was the only one left bidding. Then, after what seemed an eternity (only minutes) it was all over. I heard the boom of congratulations from the auctioneer as he proudly announced the new owner “Number 5, Inga Smith who flew in all the way from Coombs, Vancouver Island B.C”. He was the highest selling horse and we were instant celebrities but all I could focus on was that the two of us were now together. “For my horse is a dream, a dream of the making.” and I knew my dream was meant to be ♥