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A tribute to Bandole' QC
April 2004 - August 2009
Bando was a shooting star--riveting in his presence, delightfully funny and entertaining, a loud, brash and dramatic show-off who personified the Spanish term "escandaloso". All who had the privilege of his friendship were touched by the gently affectionate, and deeply kind soul that dwelled beneath his flamboyant exterior. He was a very, very special horse.
Sadly, we lost Bando after a brave and valiant fight
against complications from salmonella. Our last days with him
were truly a gift that will endure in our hearts forever.
Bando's first ride (ridden by Jesus Piris' 15 year old son Jesus Jr.)
Even as a youngster Bando was strikingly beautiful
Bando (Ziljan x Lady Pepsi Pop) was a beautiful DNA-tested true black (homozygous) five-year old Azteca. Like his sire Ziljan, he was extremely intelligent and willing. His trainer Jesús Piris was thrilled with his work ethic and his extraordinary natural athleticism and balance. Like all of us, he had great hopes for is future.
Bando lived with his two year old half-brother, the stud colt Novelero. He seemed to have inherited his sire Ziljan's caretaker personality, as he watched over Novelero and took care of him, grooming him and making sure he had enough to eat (he would actually herd him toward the choicest hay and stand back while he ate!)
Obviously he learned that from his daddy, Ziljan--
Here is a picture of Ziljan with Bando as a yearling.
Ziljan is licking a stitched wound that Bando had on his lip:
Every time he had a chance, Z licked and licked Bando's wound!
A young Bando and proud daddy Ziljan
Bando was very much loved and is sorely missed. His short life was very full, and loaded with mischief and great fun. At the "Fun at Quinta Cordova" link there are pictures of him frolicking with his foalhood friend Tovenaar and swimming at the beach, something he especially loved. He excelled in many police obstacle clinics from a young age, brave and playful soul that he was. One of his favorite things in the whole world was his giant red ball which he'd chase and throw around the arena, galloping and "herding" it and kneeling on top of it with glee. Bando had quite a zest for life and we feel he made the most of the few years he was given on this earth.