When I was a kid there was a girl named Charlene that had an awesome little appy that could jump the moon. I was wondering if this pic was going to be a pic of her. I wish I could remember the name of that little guy. He was only about 15.2 and had almost no tail.
I have never known an Appaloosa that could not jump. The picture below shows an Appaloosa I found years ago in someone's back yard who'd done nothing but trail ride. This photo was about 3 months later.
And my best show horse EVER was a 15.1 hand Appaloosa that showed in the Mini Prix and Gambler's Choice classes in Houston and was only beaten ONCE.
From the same era, don't forget the stallion, Sutter's Showboy (and "admire" Poncho Frankel's unorthodox style! OMG) Strangely, she rode hunters beautifully - like an eq rider, but for some reason she did THIS over jumper fences:
I'm told a son of Showboy, Sutter's Showboat, was very influential in British Spotted Horse/Appaloosa bloodlines.
I couldn't find a picture of him, but Twinkie also briefly rode a relative of Croc, named Kojak, who was purchased from the Nissens by Lloyd Mason, who won a puissance class at the Monterey Horse Show on Kojack. Kojak lived in my neighborhood and was trail ridden by Carol Mason until he was into his 30s. Kojack was about 16 hands. Crock was 17.3!!
FWIW, my experience with Apps jumping has been it's all or nothing. They're either great, or not interested! I've had two Appy eventers/jumpers (through Prelim/intermediate), and one that preferred doing his eight hunter jumps in an arena. My present horse's grandsire is from the same bloodlines as Sutter's Showboy.
I remember seeing Crocodile at either the Washington International or the Baltimore Jumping Classic back in the early 80s! According to Pedigreequery, he was a 1964 model, so he must have been approaching 20 when I saw him!
I remember him because I was already an Appy fan then, and to see one doing the big jumper classes (Puissance, probably) was like a dream come true for me!