our Arieana Notebook:
Amazon of Pico was bred by Mr. and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst Jr.
and lived all her life with them at their ranch on Pico Creek in San Simeon, California.
True to the Hearst tradition that all mares be proven in
performance before entering their broodmare band, Amazon of Pico was
shown by Nicki McGinnis to Reserve Champion Halter Mare, seven-times Class
A Show Champion Jumper, and then culminating Amazon of Pico's Class A show
career with the title of 1979 U.S. Top Ten Jumper.
To this day, people here in the Southland still remember
this big (15.3 hands), bold, jumping grey mare sailing over those fences,
for she was absolutely breath-taking in her color, form, and style.
We at Arieana
Arabians feel so fortunate that the Amazon of Pico influence
carries on in the foals sired for us by her son, Blitzen
of Pico, with that very same elegance, beauty, form to function conformation, and pure athleticism.
To read more about Austine Hearst's love of fox-hunting, along with more information on
her cherished Amazon of Pico and other horses of the Hearst
breeding program, please
go to Kat Walden's article: The Hearst Hunters.