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Appaloosa Impresses Judges, Crowd at NSBA’s Open Breed Show

Choclatey TUNICA, MISSISSIPPI—Excitement reached a peak for Appaloosa enthusiasts during the National Snaffle Bit Association’s prestigious Southern Belle Invitation as Appaloosa stallion, Chocolatey, wowed crowds and judges at the multi-breed show held July 18-22 in Tunica, Mississippi.

The 2-year-old was only shown in two classes—2-Year-Old Open Western Pleasure and 2-Year-Old Color Horse Western Pleasure—but in those few moments in front the judges and spectators, Chocolatey made quite an impression as the only horse in the entire show with a blanket.

Troy Compton showed the stallion, also known as “Harry”, in the 2-Year-Old Open Western Pleasure class, where Harry tied for first place with My Sensational Cookie (AQHA), taking home $1,937.74 in prize money. Though My Sensational Cookie was awarded the coveted champion trophy by the tiebreaker judge, owners Noelle Schmidt and Joe Geraci could not be prouder.

“For me, Harry finally received recognition for the horse he was, for the horse I always thought he was,” Schmidt said.

Chocolately also showed his dappled backside in the 2-Year-Old Color Horse Western Pleasure class with exhibitor Patrick Heeley, where he placed fourth among a dozen great horses of various breeds.

“I consider the NSBA-level horse to be the best,” Schmidt said. “And I am happy to have horses that can hang at that level.”

1 Comment

  1. Sandra Matthews Said,

    August 16, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

    This horse just won the 2 year old intermediate western pleasure at the Reichert Celebration under Pat Heeley.

    Appaloosas are doing very well at this very prestigious NSBA event. The Radio Flyer owned by Frank Larrabee won the 3 year old HUS in the colored division and Midnight Hunter was 7th.

    Appaloosas are making a great showing at this show. Go Apps!

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