Saturday, June 21, 2008

Orren Mixer

Last week when I was looking through my sister's June issue of The Paint Horse Journal I read that painter Orren Mixer passed away on April 29th at the age of 87. I had not heard this and was saddened by the news. I remember Orren's work as a young pony-tailed horse crazy kid. I would write every breed association and ask them to send me brochures and information. They sent me a nice manila envelope padded with brochures, registration and membership forms, and breeder names. And almost every one of them featured a small print of the breed standard by Orren Mixer. Which quickly went on my wall. Mixer was commissioned by many associations to paint a horse that represented the ideal standard for many breeds, including Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, Paints, Palominos, Buckskins, Pintos, and P.O.A's.

I love the Appaloosa in Orren's above painting because it depicts one of my favorite Appaloosa coat colors and patterns, and, reminds me a little of photos of My Boy when he was a yearling. He was a shiny copper sorrel with a blanket and spots. Now, he roans out, especially in the summer. One of the joys of owning an Appaloosa is watching their color change as they age.
Here is a more detailed obituary from the A.Q.H.A, as well as another link from Western Horseman magazine. I always thought he looked like such a friendly cowboy, too.
We went to the trail challenge today. I will have some photos and insight to share when I get back into town and at my own computer next week!


  1. Oh, that is so sad. I also grew up with Orren Mixer "breed standards" on my walls and loved his other work too. He was always an artist I would liked to have met and got to visit with. One article in particular that I always remembered was where he talked about his passion for his longhorns. The horns on the ones pictured were impressive. Thanks for passing on the news.

  2. What a sad day to hear about Orren Mixer. We have had some great legends in the cowboy world! He left a legacy to be proud of!
    Can't wait to see pics!

  3. Oh my gosh!!! I used to do the same silly things! I had his posters all over my walls. Ahhhh...the memories. I will have to follow your links about him.


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