The Real Blackie of Tiburon

This horse spent 28 years on the Tiburon pasture that now bears his name.
The Real Blackie


THE LATE GEORGE GEPPERT took this rare color photo of a horse named Blackie sometime in the late 1950s. Geppert and his wife were 50-year residents on nearby Paradise Drive; their daughters, like many children of the era, frequently visited Blackie to feed him apples, carrots, and sugar cubes. And Blackie, while more than a bit swaybacked, was no ordinary horse. He was born in Kansas in 1926 and brought to California to be a rodeo cutting horse. Following that career, he was acquired by the U.S. Calvary and reportedly saw duty in Yosemite Valley. Then, in 1938, Blackie was “adopted” by a Tiburon resident named Anthony Connell who cared for him in his pasture where, several times a day, Blackie would experience a train passing by (that’s the Tiburon Trestle in the background). However, Blackie may not have seen the trains: reliable sources say that once he found a comfortable spot, Blackie stood there, day after day, looking in the same direction, until he passed away on February 26, 1966. Now Blackie’s gravesite is close to where he stood. A bronze life-size statue of him, placed there by the Tiburon Peninsula Foundation, attracts young children, and the surrounding land is known as Blackie’s Pasture.

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