Roger Ott, 1943–2007

Roger Ott of Bakersfield, California, passed away March 13, 2007. A long-time Appaloosa contributor, Roger was a part of the Appaloosa show world since the early 1960’s. He was a trainer, judge and recently inducted into the Cal-Western Appaloosa Hall of Fame for his contributions to the California Appaloosa industry. He was an original promoter of the working cow horse and had much to do with the development and promotion of working cow horse competitions in California and the world as a whole. He also spoke at Color Breed Council seminars on the working cow horse class. He judged the National Show, and led groundbreaking changes that allowed judges with handicaps to judge after he had suffered a stroke about eight years ago. Also, he and his wife, Toni, established the Golden Empire Regional Club, which is still operating and putting on shows in the Bakersfield area. His wife Toni and his two daughters survive him.


  1. Dan Gilbert Said,

    March 29, 2007 @ 10:39 pm

    I’m the current President of the Golden Empire Appaloosa Horse Club. I got involved with the G.E.A.H.C. about two our three yeas ago and Roger was there to welcome the new members. He was glad that we were there and if we need anything to come by and see him. I’m glad that our lives crossed paths and I wish that I could have learned more from him. I want ot say as with everyone you know learn as much as you can from those that have been around the barn alot longer because they have so much to teach. Thank you Roger for the time I had.

  2. Peter Serbian Said,

    February 17, 2009 @ 11:33 am

    I used to work for him as a stableboy in the mid-80’s I just googled his name to see what would come up, I’ll miss him.

  3. Tayci Smith Said,

    March 15, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    I used to train over there and will miss him.

  4. Lynn Lesousky Said,

    October 17, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    Just googled Roger. Wanted to talk to him. Haden’t seen him shice the late 80’s when I was visiting in CA. Was a wonderful person, and new the history of the appaloosa horses. I am saddened by his passing.

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