On September 23rd, Tiany Schuster lost her phenomenal stallion, Perks Master, due to complications following colic surgery. Foaled March 10, 1997, Perks Master was sired by the leading sire Dash For Perks and out of the great proven mare, Masters Lady Jet. Perks Master was bred by legendary breeder, Marvin Barnes.
Perks Master was listed in the Leading Sires list, being a young sire (11 years old) with very limited foals to run. His latest standout is Perks Bar Master and Kent Manor, winning Reserve 1-D Champion at the 2008 Youth All American in Jackson, Mississippi. Perks Bar Master is constantly in the winner circle with Kent’s father, Kevin Manor. Kevin has a couple other young Perks foals coming right up and shutting the clock off as well. Perks Advantage and Jana Beam are the winningest pair, running the 2nd fastest time at the Fort Smith Futurity, multiple AQHA World Show Finalist/Qualifier and still winning all over at the toughest competition today. Perks Panita and Laurie Cooper are hot on the rodeo trail and won big with the Future Fortunes last year at the BFA Oklahoma City Futurity Championships. Other saddle and money winners are Remastered, I’ll Boogie For Cash, Perks Masterbug, Tianys Lil Master, PerksMster PanamaJet, Kelleys Masterpeice and Just Cuz Ima Perk.
Perks Master was something. If you ever had the opportunity to see him run, chances are you witnessed some of the fastest first barrels ever. That is where he made his signature move and what people came to see. From the alley and around the first. Blistering fast as any horse ever, ears pinned, teeth bared, all were always in awe, when he would drop down and spin it, bolting out of the first like being propelled from a grenade launcher. It is always said, your first barrel is your money barrel. It must be true. Perks Master has won over $125,000, graced the cover of two barrel magazines, and has been on TV, featured in the second season of “The Extreme Cowboy Race”. To barrel race, was to know Perks Master.
(Below is a quote by Tiany)
Perks Master was not just my horse and friend, but he was the peoples horse, the horses horse and everyone’s friend. He was known as P’ster. P’ster was the one that would help the most fragile of horses in the gate at a show or rodeo. Strange horses he didn’t know or even his best friend, Talent For Schar. Everyone loved him and he loved them all back. I cannot begin to tell you how many times he made a little girl or even a beginner riders day. I would always ask the help of his fans at shows in warming him up. To see the look on their faces when they would sit on him, it was like P’ster was part of a “make a wish” team. He was a rock star. P’ster even signed an autograph once and taking pictures was a regular occurrence! And several people had the chance to run him at youth functions. He made it back to the 1-D finals or short go at every event, with everyone. Riders such as Jody Nelson, Dusty Gilder, Blake Worland, Raegan Lee, and Whitney Wells. People used to tell me that I was crazy for letting everyone ride him, but that was him. I loved to share what he gave to me. EVERYTHING. And the thrill that one of a kind.
P’ster had a heart bigger that anyone can imagine. He was made of steel. He was the only stallion in recent times to run every year and be a winning 1-D horse. No other stallion recently has done what he did. From 2001 in his first out that was or should have been a career ending injury to 2008 today, he was winning just days before going into surgery. As I always said, he is and always will be a Past, Present and Future Champion.
Perks Master gave it his all every time. Even right up to the very end. And he did it all for me, gave it all for me, even his last moments, he was there, waiting for me.
For those interested in learning more about Perks Master, please visit his website, www.perksmaster.com and click on the “STORY” link. For it is a real story of a what dreams are made of, obstacles overcome, and how a great horse always found a way to win.