OTTB Spotlight: Arctic Bright View

Over past two years, Arctic Bright View, a pure, white son of Panoramic, has experienced an exciting adventure to Tinsel Town and back, and he lives to tell the tale. 

Out of the Airdrie Apache mare Arcticanna, Arctic Bright View just emerged from training in Hollywood, Calif., where he was leased by Disney to portray Silver in "The Lone Ranger."

Several other horses were also trained to portray Silver in "The Lone Ranger," including another Thoroughbred, Cloud Ten of Blazing Colours Farm in Canada. Click here to view him.

Arctic Bright View

Owned by Paul Megson, 4-year-old Arctic Bright View is fulfilling other duties now that his Hollywood work is done: making appearances at various horse shows and servicing mares at Ed Crothers' Cedar Brook Farm near West Union, Ohio.

Arctic Bright View made his first public appearance at the Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio, an exposition that offers a variety of clinics, demonstrations, and seminars for horse enthusiasts of all breeds and disciplines.

During the event, Crothers dressed as the Lone Ranger and posed for photos for hours with Arctic Bright View. The reception was overwhelming, Megson said. "The older folks all wanted to get their picture taken with him because they knew the Lone Ranger and the younger folks wanted to get their picture taken with him just because he was a white horse," he explained with a laugh.

"The response has been tremendous...the horse looks fantastic," added Megson. "He's also got an attitude that's unbelievable for a breeding stallion. There would be times where there would be 10-12 kids in his stall with him, but he just pricks his ears and loves the attention. Most horses that were bothered that much during the day would go to the back of the stall and hang their head and go to sleep to get away from everybody, but as soon as somebody comes up to (Arctic Bright View's) stall, he goes over there and sticks his head up against the bars to get petted."

Added Crothers, who said between five and 10 people still stop by the farm daily to visit Arctic Bright View: "He's got a huge personality and intelligence. You only have to show him once and he'll do it. And he's a big ham...he's real cool, personable, and has the Thoroughbred elegance on top of being white. Everybody freaks out when they see him."

Megson was subsequently contacted by the American Paint Horse Association to have Arctic Bright View appear at the organization's Youth World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas, which runs from June 29-July 6, as well as its Open Amateur World Championship Show in November.

Since the shows will take place before and after The Lone Ranger's opening July 3, Megson felt they would provide a good opportunity to promote Arctic Bright View as a stallion.

Although unraced, Arctic Bright's coloring and energetic personality make him a rare jewel. He is both a registered Thoroughbred and a registered Paint Horse, which means he can be bred to Thoroughbreds, Paint horses, or Quarter Horses and still get a registered foal. 

"With the movie coming out, hopefully everybody wants a little Silver running inside their mare," said Crothers, who breaks around 300-400 horses a year at Cedar Brook. Crothers was able to detect many of the skills Arctic Bright View learned while on the Lone Ranger movie set by working with him at the farm upon his return from filming. Click here to view a news video featuring Crothers and Arctic Bright.

Megson said the majority of horsemen interested in breeding mares Arctic Bright View are looking to add some color and size into their eventing horses. "The main attraction to the horse is the way he's built--he's a really tall, high withered, uphill kind of a horse," said Megson of the horse, who carries the dominant white sabino gene. "His disposition is such that I think a lot of people will be breeding to him to get event and show horses."

But Megson feels the horse's bloodlines carry the potential of throwing a good racehorse as well. A descendant of several black-type winners in his female family, Arctic Bright View's maternal grandsire, Airdrie Apache, is a son of the white mare Not Quite White and is also double registered as a Paint. Airdrie Apache is the sire of another horse owned by Megson, the 2-year-old colt Wear the Mask, who is expected to make his first start soon for trainer Ivan Vasquez.

"Ivan believes (Wear the Mask) is the best 2-year-old they've got in the barn there," said Megson of the colt, a registered white horse with a few brown spots.

Arctic Bright View was bred in Oregon by Darlene Knight, owner of Painted Desert Farm near Redmond. Known for breeding and raising a variety of colorful Thoroughbreds and Paint Horses, Knight recently retired from the business and sold all of her 20 white Thoroughbred mares to Megson, who keeps them at his breeding farm near Calvert City, Ky. Megson reported several of the former Painted Desert mares are in foal to Arctic Bright View for 2014.

Megson's farm is one of very few around the country that breed white Thoroughbreds. One of the other most well-known operations to produce horses of this color is Patchen Wilkes near Lexington. In addition to its rare-colored Thoroughbreds, Patchen Wilkes is also home to 2012 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Lisa Danielle, the dam of 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan.

Patchen Wilkes, which registered the first white Thoroughbred in North America with The Jockey Club in 1963, has a remarkable-looking new arrival this year.

A son of Thunder Gulch and the white mare Spot of Beauty, as you can see, the colt has a band of chestnut on his ears, similar to that of a "medicine hat" Paint horse.

According to Native American legend, some tribes believed medicine hat horses possessed supernatural protective powers and were considered so special that only tribal chiefs, medicine men, and great warriors were allowed to ride them.

Do you plan on seeing "The Lone Ranger?" Are you as fascinated by these rare white Thoroughbreds as I am? Aside from anything else, they are sure bringing some more interest to our sport! 


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"While at least three other horses were also trained to portray Silver in "The Lone Ranger," Arctic Bright View was the only white stallion in the group--the rest were geldings and mares--a true testament to the horse's rarity."

Actually, this is untrue. There is also at least one other stallion that was purchased to play a role in The Lone Ranger, Cloud Ten of Blazing Colours Farm here in Canada.

26 Jun 2013 3:13 PM
Esther Marr

Anglachel, I was not aware of Cloud Ten...did he star as one of the horses that played Silver? I was just going by what the owner told me.

26 Jun 2013 3:51 PM
Terry M.

The Paulick Report did a story aboutr the two white horses from Canada. You can read it here.

26 Jun 2013 5:07 PM
Kim Leavitt

Awesome article!  Airdrie Apache resides in Nevada at Desert Oasis Sporthorses.  While he is no longer servicing outside mares, we breed him to a select number of our mares and have a few Airdrie line horses for sale; one of which is a 1/2 sister to Arctic Bright View!

26 Jun 2013 5:24 PM
Jean in Chicago

Ever since the ads started appearing for 'The Lone Ranger' I wondered if Arctic Bright View was involved.  Glad to see he seems to be doing fine in his new career!

26 Jun 2013 8:28 PM

It is true, Cloud Ten is a stallion also. If it is going to be published sources must be checked...word of mouth is not good enough. Not to lessen the importance of Arctic Bright View. I can't wait to see the movie! I was familiar with 3 of the horses prior to the movie so it should be exciting!

26 Jun 2013 8:55 PM

I looked up Arctic Bright View's pedigree and spotted something amiss.  His dam, Arcticanna, is shown as a 2001 white filly by Airdrie Apache(ch) out of Tropicana Anna(ch).  The (ch) stands for Chestnut.  That has to be a typo as 2 Chestnuts cannot have anything but a Chestnut. Even though Airdrie Apache's dam is a white mare, he is Chestnut.  If he is bred to another Chestnut, the mare can only have a Chestnut.  I submitted a correction to Equineline, but as of this writing, no changes.  This colt has a nice pedigree and it won't surprise me if he sires some nice racehorses.

27 Jun 2013 12:44 PM

Southbendfarm - this article explains that the white gene is a mutation.  Therefore it could theoretically occur with any color parents.

27 Jun 2013 4:31 PM
Terry M.

Airdrie Apache is chestnut and white to look at, but he could be dominant white or sabino or a combination of both. I don't know if he has been tested. The stallion Sato is a Palomino and white pinto in appearance, but he has been genetically tested as dominant white despite his looks.

27 Jun 2013 7:02 PM
Fran Loszynski

What a great way to remind us baby boomers the Saturday mornings we sat and hailed "Hi Oh Silver and Away!" Artic  Bright View was born to be Silver he is so beautiful

27 Jun 2013 10:48 PM
p funchess

I've got an Airdrie Apache grandson who is dual-registered APHA and Jockey Club.  These horses are Sabino.  There are few white horses registered with the Jockey Club - to be a white, the horse cannot have another color present. Therefore, these whites are maximum expressed Sabinos.

If only mostly white, then the horse is registered as his minor color, such as chestnut or bay (like mine).

So two chestnuts CAN have an all-white horse - the horse is a chestnut maximum-expressed Sabino so is registered white.

28 Jun 2013 9:06 AM

He is beautiful!  But I am wondering how he could be registered as a Paint and a Thoroughbred since only PURE Thoroughbreds are permitted to be registered with the Jockey Club..?

28 Jun 2013 11:16 AM
Terry M.

A clarification regarding Cloud Ten. He was purchased while still a stallion, and his owner has stored semen saved from him for future use, but she said he was gelded before leaving her farm to become a movie horse.

28 Jun 2013 11:14 PM

I had a white thoroughbred filly born this season. Her dam Red Maple is chestnut and her sire Wise River is a dark bay. I was at a loss for words when I saw a white foal emerge. She has a few chestnut spots on her rump but lost the majority of her medecine hat. It has been said white thoroughbreds don't run because they are bred for color not pedigree.. I hope we dispel that myth with her in 2015.

28 Jun 2013 11:43 PM

I had a white thoroughbred filly born this spring. Her dam was a chestnut and her sire was a dark bay. Anything can happen. I just hope she dispels the myth that white horses can't run come 2015.

29 Jun 2013 7:05 AM
Jean in Chicago

Racingfan,  he is a full blooded thoroughbred (with some pretty famous relatives in his pedigree).  Jockey Club registration is based on pedigree (and these days DNA typing).  Amer. Paint Horse Assn. registration is based on color.  I don't know the rules for AQHA registration, but a lot of racing quarter horses have a registered thoroughbred parent.

30 Jun 2013 4:13 PM

A Chestnut and a Bay can have a white foal if bred together.  However, Chestnut is a recessive coat color.  When two Chestnuts are bred together, they can only have a Chestnut foal.  Two recessive colors cannot through a Dominate coat color.  If the sire of the dam is known for throwing white foals when bred to bay or brown or dark bay mares, those are dominate colors.  Recessive + Recessive ='s Recessive.  Airdrie APache is a Chestnut stallion with alot of white on him, but he is still a chestnut.  His daughters carry the white gene and can through white foals.  IF they are chestnut daughters, and are bred to a chestnut stallion, even it that stallion carries the white gene, they will still throw a chestnut foal.  One parent has to be a dominate color in order to throw a white foal.  

01 Jul 2013 12:46 PM
Lise from Maine


Arctic Bright View is so cute and so happy that another career was found for him.

God love him, the owners, and his trainers.

Thank you!

Lise from Maine

04 Jul 2013 10:48 AM

I saw my first white TB at Beulah Park this year. Her name is White Artic Lily & she is a daughter of The White Fox. So far, not much of a race horse, but absolutely stunning.

10 Jul 2013 5:08 PM
Terry M.

Southbendfarm said, "His (Airdrie Apache's)daughters carry the white gene and can through (throw) white foals. If they are chestnut daughters, and are bred to a chestnut stallion, even it that stallion carries the white gene, they will still throw a chestnut foal.  One parent has to be a dominate color in order to throw a white foal." Not necessarily. It depends on what genes caused the white. A white foal can result from extreme sabino, in which case the base colour (chestnut, bay, etc.) is immaterial. It all depends on whether the white colour is due to dominant white or extreme sabino pinto. Both kinds of white are present in Thoroughbreds. Genetic testing is the only way to know what causes the white coat colour in an individual horse.

12 Jul 2013 12:01 AM
Kim Leavitt

Southbend, two chestnuts can, and do, produce all white.  Point in fact is Indy La Riva.  She is JC registered white.  Her sire is Count Me In and her dam is Painted La Riva, both of which are chestnuts.  Airdrie Apache's genetics for color have not yet been isolated.  There are numerous variations of the dominant white gene that have been found, but this particular gene has remained elusive.

14 Jul 2013 8:51 AM

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