A to Z horses - Amazing Attalissa

Daughter to horse trainer Tracy Porter’s popular Casadero Sin Par (the painted Paso Fino stallion known as Caz), Attalissa is a 12-year-old Paso Fino mare with a heart of gold and a willingness to work long hours.

Born a sabino chestnut to Tracy’s mare Ikea, the filly was named after a town in Southeastern Iowa. Incidentally, the population of Attalissa, Iowa, was 283 in 2000, the year Attalissa hit the ground in Wisconsin.

Apparently, Tracy and her husband, Aussie cowboy/horse trainer T.J. Clibborn, rolled past I-80’s Attalissa exit on their way through Iowa’s Muscatine County.

Most likely, they were returning home to The Farm in Milton, Wisconsin after one of their whirlwind tours. 

Maybe they were heading back to the Badger State after picking up new equine training projects for a Mustang Challenge.

Either way, the Attalissa sign caught Tracy's eye.

The name stuck.

The little mare, fondly nicknamed "Atty,"  grew into an excellent endurance partner, and became a favorite mount of Tracy’s mom, Shirley May.

The two have paraded through Wisconsin towns and taken many 25- and 35-mile limited-distance rides, completing more than 650 total miles together.

“Attalissa gives it as much ooph as she can,” Tracy said.

“Incidentally, my mom will be 76 this year,” she added.

(Readers: That's Shirley May in all the Attalissa photos on this page.)

A is for awesome!

You go, Shirley May!

By the way, Attalissa’s half-sisters, Pieta and Twinkle are also prized distance horses.

And take a look at Caz, Attalissa's sweet sire. 

Maybe you've seen him at equestrian expositions, horse training demonstrations or flashy horse performances.

But Caz has been known to visit local elementary schools, where he actually enters the facilities and stands quietly for youngsters' attention, measurements, grooming and other child-friendly interactions.

Caz also seems to enjoy assisting with holiday bell-ringing duties in small-town Wisconsin.

Of course, Caz can be best recognized when Tracy is standing on her head upon his back. And, yes, Caz will jump through fire for Tracy.

That's some stallion.

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  1. Hello, Fellow Challenger, from #424-Rockin'Chair Reflections! Now, I'm missing my three. Great photos and loved the story. Looking forward to more postings...

  2. Attalissa looks wonderful and its great that her mom still rides her even when she's getting older a bit. I'm much smaller than Attalissa. Our vet said once that if he can't think of what he should do with a guinea pig he sort of scales down a horse. Mummy likes horses too.
    love from Victor

  3. Beautiful horses! My childhood dream was to grow up and live on a farm and have a horse. Never did but I still love horses.

    I'm here to say hi and welcome you to the Challenge!


  4. What an interesting blog, certainly unique in the A-Z challenge that I've come across so far!

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan



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