Skip to content

El Matrero Passes Away

El Matrero was humanely put down Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 after being unable to fight an infection in his hock.

Kelly Hulse rode the powerful gelding to the 2010 Ladies Five-Gaited Gelding World’s Championship for owner Scott Pisarik. They followed up their Louisville victory with the Ladies Five-Gaited Championship win at Saint Louis National in 2010 then headed for a good show at the UPHA/American Royal National Championship. They claimed the 2011 win at UPHA Chapter 5 in the Ladies Five-Gaited Championship.

Bred by Carol Coffman the chestnut, eight-year-old gelding was sired by CH El Cortez and out of the mare Rosetown (a daughter of Callaway’s Blue Norther).

His first show ring victory came in the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited class at UPHA Chapter 5 with J.D. (Alfredo) Chavez in 2006. He went on to win with Zach Duffy at the Missouri State Fair that same year for owner Gail Lampe. For the remainder of his career he was owned by Scott Pisarik and shown by Kelly Hulse to victories around the country.

More Stories

  • **Updated Event Cancellations

    Saddle Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse events. Read More
  • Latest Issue 9 21 20

    Read More
  • From the Desk of Marty Schaffel: Change Is Not Easy

    Robert Samuelson is a well-respected columnist on topics of economics and human behavior. He has been writing since the early ’70s.  He wrote his farewell column this week, and I excerpted the above quotation from him... Read More
  • CH Fiasco Succumbs to Heart Failure

    CH Fiasco, the first ever Western Country Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions died of heart failure September 13th at Michael Craghead Stables in Fresno, California. The big, beautiful bay gelding set the standard for the Western country pleasure division with Doug Glick. Read More
  • UPHA Update

    COVID-19 has caused many changes in our world and has had a significant impact on our sport. We have all learned to wear our face coverings, practice social distancing and elbow bump instead of shaking hands or giving hugs. It has been a steep learning curve, but our equine industry has risen to the challenge and prevailed when many other sports have faltered. Read More
  • UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show Update

    With concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our guests, community members, volunteers, and our employees is our top priority. We are working to make sure our operations will run smoothly and safely for all our attendees at the 2020 UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show in November.  Read More
  • Osteen Captures the All American Action

    Rick Osteen, official photographer at the All American Horse Classic, has proofs available online at and despite not being able to set up his viewing table he and wife Joni are fulfilling orders as quickly as possible. Read More
  • Rock Creek Cancelled

    The Board of Directors of the Rock Creek Riding Club regret to announce that they have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show.  We had high hopes that rescheduling the traditional June show for October would allow us to do justice to the Rock Creek tradition even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More
  • American Saddlebred Museum Accepting Consignments

    The American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to accept consignments for the next Equine Art, Antique, and Rare Book Auction taking place in July 2021. To prepare for this much loved event, the Museum is accepting consignments until February 1, 2021. Read More
  • Latest Issue 9 14 20 Insert

    Read More