Appaloosas in Canadian Working Horse Spotlight

(note from Heather McLevin)

I thought I would let you know about some Appaloosas that have been doing well in reining, reined cow horse & cutting.

Bill Cookshaw’s horse, “Ima Docs High Sign” with Shawna Sapergia has won or been reserve in some bigger NRHA events (Reining Alberta Spring Classic & the Hungry Horse). They are leaving for the CRBC this week & I believe they also will be shown at the Canadian Supreme the end of this month.

“Absolutely High” and Jim Dobler were Reserve Champions in both the Caton Ranch Amateur & Non Pro Derbies (NRCHA). Geoff Hoar and “Nu Cash Sign” were the Reserve Champions in the Caton Ranch Limited Open Derby.

Several Appaloosas competed in the recent Goodyear Canada Canadian Snaffle Bit Futurity and Championships (high ranking reined cow horse futurity with over $62,000 in cash & prizes). Quite a few did very well. “Smart Little Leaguer” was the high score fence horse ($300) in the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity & finished 4th overall ($1840). “Ima Bootscootin Lena” was 3rd in the Limited Open Snaffle Bit Futurity ($1050). “Mighty High Sign” was 3rd in the Non Pro Limited class $150). “High’O’Lena” won ($270) & “Immortal Sign” was the Reserve Champion ($210) in the Youth Limited.

At the Canadian Super Stakes, “Test This Remedy” was the Champion in the Open Bridle Class (ARCHA). “Sign Of Hail” placed & won NCHA money at the Cutters Classic Open Futurity.

“High’O’Lena” also finished 4th in the Reining Alberta Spring Classic Limited Open class & Co-Reserve Champion in the Beginner Youth 13 & under.

At the Reining Alberta Summer Classic he was 3rd in the Limited Open. “Classic Image Too” tied for 7th in the Rookie Reining (55 horses).

Many of these horses will be shown at the Canadian Supreme at the end of the month. This is year 31 for the Supreme. The added purse is over $300,000 plus a payback from entries. Also the Wrangler Cutting Futurity is coming up.


  1. Chuck Schroeder Said,

    September 18, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

    Hi Heather and Jim,
    Great article! I’m impressed with all you have done with your Appaloosa horses in the reining and cow horse classes against some of the top bred horses for those events. I never thought my family would have an article next to yours in an Appaloosa publication. You do a great job promoting a very special breed. We need more people like you to step up and show how competative our breed can be.

    Chuck Schroeder, from Ohio

  2. Heather Said,

    September 19, 2007 @ 4:29 am

    These horses are most definitely the best Appaloosas in Canada. If you are riding an Appy in Canada and you say “I’m doing reining or WCH” you always get a response similar to “is it a High Sign Nugget?” since that line is so well known.

  3. Heather McLevin Said,

    September 19, 2007 @ 8:43 am

    Thanks, Chuck but only two of those horses I mentioned were ours, Sign Of Hail (who BTW is out of the little mare you sold us, Ima Little Prescript & Test This Remedy. We can’t & shouldn’t take credit for the rest.

    I’m not sure who wrote about the “Appy” in Canada (wasn’t me Heather). I would like to point out that not all of these competitions were in Canada. The Caton Ranch Derby was in Monroe, WA & The Hungry Horse was in Kalispell, MT. Also Ima Bootscootin Lena is not related to High Sign Nugget at all (which I am very excited about for out cross purposes). He is by Boot Scootin Dually out of the great Appaloosa mare, Ima Jo’s Doll. He was bred by a lady I have the utmost respect for Jimmie Miller Smith. Thank you for the compliment about High Sign Nugget, though.

    Heather McLevin

  4. Heather McLevin Said,

    September 19, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    Oops, I forgot we own Absolutely High as well.

    Anyway, I thought I should expound on the horse’s breedings & owners riders, where I didn’t in the note I sent to Juli Thorsen.

    Ima Docs High Sign (Ima Doc O’lena x Ima Natural High) bred/owned by Bill Cookshaw & ridden by Shawna Sapergia.

    Nu Cash Sign (High Sign Nugget x With Cash Comes Fame) owned & shown by Geoff Hoar.

    Smart Little Leaguer (My Own League x Ima Natural High) bred by Bill Cookshaw, owned by Brad Meggison, shown by Clint Christianson.

    Mighty High Sign (High Sign Nugget x Mighty Deck Charge) bred by Wendy Dunkle oned & shown by Cathy Yozipovic.

    High’O’Lena (High Sign Nugget x Ima Cody Olena) bred by Brad Pedersen, owned & shown in Youth Ltd & Youth Reining by Chase Miller, shown in Ltd Open Reining by Rhonda Miller.

    Immortal Sign (High Sign Nugget x Mighty Deck Charge) bred by Wendy Dunkle owned by Cathy Yozipovic & shown by Geogia Yozipovic.

    Test This Remedy (Sugars Plain Remedy X High Test) shown by Les Timmons.

    Sign Of Hail shown by Brad Pedersen.

    Classic Image Too (Chics In The Male x Classic Snowflake) bred by Brandy Dombroski owned & shown by Meike Nielson.

    I spoke with Bill Cookshaw on the weekend & he was happy to report that Ima Docs High Sign & Shawna Sapergia won the NRHA Open, NRHA Affiliate & NRHA Open Saddle Series at the CRBC. Along with money he is taking home 2 NRHA Bronzes & a saddle. He is one fantastic horse.

    Heather McLevin

  5. Justin and Erica Bowles Said,

    September 21, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    Wow you guys are doing great up there.Congradulations for all your many accomplishments. Bill your stallion (Simon) is just cute as a button and is really doing wonderful. It’s amazing what a horse can do, if given the oppurtunity. We are so happy for all of you. We hope to see you soon, give us a ring if your ever up for a FL. vacation! 🙂

    The FL. GANG. Jack, Justin and Erica!!

  6. Brian Cookshaw Said,

    October 1, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    Thanks Heather for your hard work in promoting the Appaloosa breed in all the open shows. I am not riding this year so I have been able to follow Simon (Ima Docs High Sign) around North America and cheer. His best showing would have to have been Kellispell in the Mantanna Derby in August. Competing against the likes of Duane Latimer and Todd Bergan and others of that caliber he scored a 222 after taking 3 penalty points and placed fourth. At the Canadian Supreme which finished yesterday both the working cow and reining derbies were won by Appaloosas. Simon again won the Open derby and the Open reining classes. Arguably he is the best reining horse in Canada right now of all breeds. Congratulations to everyone on their 2007 show season.

  7. Bill Cookshaw Said,

    October 13, 2007 @ 6:48 am

    Thanks Heather, for spreading the good word about some great Appaloosa horses. Other than our region of Western Canada, I’m not sure there is any other place on the globe where it is more common to see Appaloosa cow horses & reiners in the show pen competing successfully alongside the best AQHA bloodlines in the horse world. Much of the credit for the successes we enjoy today can be attributed to individuals such as Jimmie Miller Smith who chose to breed her great mare Wa Jo’s Freckles to Doc O’lena and to Jack Hennig who tirelessly campaigned High Sign for 16 long years. It was an inspiration to meet these two individuals. Congratulations on a great show season to all that you mention above and best of luck in 2008, keep up the great job!!

  8. Dietmar Dombkowski Said,

    October 17, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    Heather mentioned that “Classic Image Too” was bred by Brandy Dombroski is a false statement. Toby (his barn name) was bred my me, Dietmar Dombkowski and sold without my consent to Meike Neilson.

    Anyway, I am glad that Toby is still doing well.

  9. Terry Noble Said,

    November 28, 2007 @ 10:12 am

    Anyone knows what happened to Dietmar Dombkowski’s Black Forest Stud enterprise?

  10. Heather McLevin Said,

    December 9, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

    My appologies to Mr Dombkowski for both the miss spelling of his name & the incorrect reporting of the breeder of this nice horse, Classic Image Too, my memory is not what it once was.
    Heather McLevin

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