Robert "Bob" Pulse Passes Away

Posted by Press Release on 05/28/2019

YAKIMA, WA—MAY 24,2019—Horseman Robert “Bob” F. Pulse of Yakima, Washington, died May 7, 2019, a day before his 93rd birthday. 

Born May 8, 1926, in Ekalaka, Montana, he was raised with his seven siblings. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 

Bob and Phyllis were married on August 17, 1961. In 1971 Bob moved his family to Yakima, where for many years their Pulse Ranch offered a full-service breeding and training facility. 

Pulse was a leading Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse breeder. He registered his first American Quarter Horse in 1955. 

He would own American Quarter Horses that in his own name earned more than $185,000 on the racetrack, led by Chicks Starlite ($50,777). He also trained Quarter Horses on a limited basis, saddling horses who earned more than $20,000 at Washington racetracks Sun Downs and Playfair Race Course. 


Robert Pulse with the Thoroughbred stallion Meritable, sire of such Quarter Horse stakes winners as Finely Tuned, Mr Bold Merit, etc. ca. 1980 / Yakima, Wa.

The horseman bred more than 270 foals that made more than $2 million on the racetrack, and included 18 stakes winners. 

His foundation mare Starbright produced hisy first registered Quarter Horse foal, the 1955 mare Star Twist. 

This mare produced, among others, the stakes winner Star’s Apollo. He would breed from this family the likes of two-time distance champion Snowbound Superstar ($283,870), Grade 1 winner Finely Tuned ($283,399) and Superior Race Horses AR Star ($163,707) and Mr Deep Pockets ($109,718). In 1999, he purchased the Thoroughbred stallion Snowbound (TB) and began guiding the horse’s career as a Quarter Horse sire of earners of more than $3 million before he sold the stallion in 2006. 

He bred the mare Apollo Snowbound, the dam of Grade 1 winners BH Lisas Boy ($757,662) and Yin Your Eyes ($147,818). 

Pulse also bred horses that earned 139 points in AQHA competition, including AQHA champion Destiny Win; and Shawne Sarah, the dam of reserve world champion Heza Shawnee Bayou and horses that earned 690 points in AQHA competition. 

He was also was recognized as a top Breeder by the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association (WTBOA); bringing stallions such as Experteaser (TB), Meritable (TB) andthe aforementioned Snowbound to Washington State. Pulse Ranches produced many stakes winners with performances across the nation. 

In retirement, Robert and his wife Phyllis re-located their ranch to a picturesque farm in Tampico and still today, Robert is receiving honors as one of the top Horse Racing Breeders in Washington State. 

Known as a great storyteller, Bob highly cherished the time spent with his family, which included attending many of his grandchildren’s baseball and soccer games, and of course, birthdays.

He leaves his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Tanna Elder; sons, Todd, Lon and Bob; and grandchildren, Ashleigh Pulse, Jakob Pulse, Branson Barnecut, Taylor Barnecut, Lisa Bailey and Cody Pulse.

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