One of the main activities of the day here on Halloween at the World Show is the World Sale. To learn more about it I spoke with ApHC board member Chuck McWhirter (pictured working in the announcer booth at the sale).
Chuck says there are some great horses going on sale tonight (as I write) and all he needs is some good buyers. I hope he gets them.
Chuck says that 3 years ago they started with a small number of horses but this year they had to turn some away. That’s growth. He says the show is just one of the things they’re doing to help create a good market for Appaloosa horses.
You can listen to my interview with Chuck here: Chuck McWhirter Interview (6 min MP3)
2007 World Championship Appaloosa Show Photo Album
Your Blog Spot guest blogger is on the scene here in Ft. Worth at the 2007 World Championship Appaloosa Show.
The weather is beautiful and I’m glad to see so many places you can find candy here.
I’m not missing any trick or treating tonight I can tell you that. Over the next several days I’ll be posting pictures and interviews for you so you can get some more of the flavor of this great show. I’m looking forward to it.
2007 World Championship Appaloosa Show Photo Album
Real-time bidding is available for the World Appaloosa Sale Wednesday October 31st starting at 6:00 p.m. CDT in Fort Worth, Texas. Live audio and live video will allow buyers to bid on animals just as if they were present at the sale. Buyers must create an account prior to the sale (preferably two days before the sale).
Please visit http://www.LiveAuctions.tv to create an account and request a buyer number. Instructions are available at the site to walk you through the account setup process. If you have questions, e-mail brad@LiveAuctions.tv.
You can view the sale catalog on-line from the appaloosa.com home page or from the World Show page.
For those of you already in Fort Worth, sale horses are in Barn 3. A sale “preview” (or “open barn”) will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. We’ll be hosting a pre-sale reception in the West Sale Arena at 5:00 and the sale will begin at 6:00.
If you need help bidding from a distance and can’t be near a computer, be sure to call a friend who’s on the grounds or contact the show office early in the day to let us help you make a match with an “agent.”
We’re not just being polite, the Appaloosa Horse Club has some of the very best trade show exhibitors, who happen to have the very best in show apparel, show supplies, equipment, trailers, trucks, jewelry, artwork, or whatever else it is you think you need to make the Fort Worth trip worth the trip.
The proximity to show arenas (and food) makes the trade show a popular place to be during the day. We want to sing some praises to our sponsors and partners who help make it a fun week for ApHC exhibitors and guests.
Another hard-working lady we are proud to know is Edye Horne, Executive Secretary (and probably several other titles) of the Appaloosa Pleasure Horse Association. She loves Appaloosa horses and she loves her canine friend, and she even loves Ed (but he wasn’t available for a photo). The ApPHA will be awarding cash and prizes in events such as Thursday’s Limited Two-Year-Old Snaffle Bit Western Pleasure Futurity and Friday’s Open Three & Under Hunter Under Saddle Maturity. There will also be an Open Two-Year-Old Snaffle Bit Futurity and two Non Pro/Youth Maturities — Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle.
Thanks Edye for helping place the spotlight on Appaloosa pleasure horses!
The ApHC Show Office is in a constant state of non-stop bustle throughout the World Show in Fort Worth. Exhibitors and visitors come in for paperwork, payments, directions, clarifications and answers to all sort of other questions. Alexcia Livingstone, ApHC Awards and Racing Coordinator, provides friendly assistance all day long. She’s just one member of the hard-working crew that we sincerely want to acknowledge and applaud.
While we’re on the subject of statistics, I should correct an earlier statement about entries and the number of horses. Both categories are up from last year!
The Appaloosa Horse Club will be hosting FREE screenings of the award winning short film, Trail End, starring Emmy-nominated actor Barry Corbin, at the 2007 World Championship Appaloosa Show.
The film will be screened in the French Room at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth Texas.
Screening Schedule:(check with the show office for schedule changes or additions)
October 31st 4 p.m.
November 1st 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
November 2nd 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.
November 3rd 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Trail End follows the poignant story of an ailing man, Hank Crow, as he fulfills a promise to his late wife with the help of his best friend Chip — an old Appaloosa. Having nearly completed a personal mission of riding every state with his loyal companion, Hank has saved his home state of Kansas for their last ride. Hank and Chip embark on their journey across the western Kansas plains, hoping to reach the trail end.
Trail End was shot entirely on location in Kansas. Locations include Lane County, Gypsum Hills, Lake Scott, Wichita, and the Kansas Nature Conservancy’s Smoky Valley Ranch.
Visit http://www.justhank.com/trailend.htm to learn more about the film, watch the movie trailer, look at photos and meet the director .
Monday evening’s performance at the World Show began with the Ladies’ Heritage class. Fourteen colorful and impressive entries were the center of attention. Judges and the audience were able to hear a narrative about each rider’s clothing, accessories, equipment and horse. Authenticity and historical accuracy are part of the mix, as is the overall look. This is Lynn Parsons, riding Justa Arizona Cowboy, owned by Robert Pinckard of Queen Creek, Arizona. Although the pair finished just out of the ribbons, we thought you’d at least like to see how much attention to detail and extra work are required to participate in the Heritage Class. We at the Appaloosa Horse Club sincerely appreciate the dedication of all those who pay serious attention to the breed’s historical roots.
Sue Scobee, longtime Appaloosa exhibitor and promoter, manages to participate in a media interview while getting a fresh shine on her boots. Our people are versatile, along with the horses! Sue is chatting with Wendy McCain, who helped organize a day of taping for the “Performance Horse TV” weekly series seen on RFD-TV. The crew got some footage from the World Show, visited the stall areas to tape some “commercials,” and met a variety of ApHC members and their horses.
During morning rounds we caught up with Gary Raak of Twin Cities Featherlite Trailers, Elko, Minnesota. Gary has been a proud sponsor of the ApHC award trailers for more than 15 years and we certainly are grateful for his support. Besides that, he’s a friendly exhibitor who always finds a way to carry his share of the conversation.
Everyone is thoroughly enjoying the pleasant weather in Fort Worth this week at the Appaloosa World Championship Show. Exhibitors are able to exercise their horses outdoors and take their time moving from one site to another because of the warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine. We’re pretty sure this horse’s name is Handsome Reward, owned by Matthew and Ede Smith from Irving, Texas. In any case, he is handsome and he is definitely a positive representative for the Appaloosa breed.
The two arenas at Will Rogers Equestrian Center have been busy today with a nice variety of classes. This photo is from the Non-Pro Weanling Colts class. It’s also been Hunter-in-Hand Day in the Watt Arena. This evening’s schedule will feature the Ladies’ Heritage, World Sale Incentive Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure, Western Riding and Pleasure Driving.
Among the many special prizes awarded during Sunday night’s timed roping event extravaganza was the use for a year of this S & H Trailer from Sundowner of Texas. The winning owner, Karen Grimm from Minden, Nevada, will enjoy memories of the 2007 World Show roping with understandable fondness. Along with the trailer goes a ton of feed from Nutrena. Her horse, Mr Big Bucks, will especially appreciate that part of the prize package.
We want to say a special “thank you” to cash sponsors: M & C Ranch, Mike and Claudette Mataya; Last Day Lite and his owners Hyman and Julia Young; and J/S Training, Jim and Sandy Jirkovsky.
Other awards included custom roping saddles from Lusky’s/Ryon’s and Coats Saddlery, Hot Heels roping dummies, Classic Equine pads, and buckles by Gist. Thank you to all our exhibitors and sponsors!
We were also delighted to have Sherri Mell, a 2006 Hall of Fame inductee, carry the American flag for the National Anthem, which was performed by ApHC member Don Charest.
Part of the extra glamour in yesterday’s timed roping events came from this delightful group of young ladies representing rodeo royalty in the Texas region. They presented class and overall awards and participated in a grand entry at the beginning of the evening performace. Each carried a sponsor flag for the opening ceremonies and helped make Sunday night’s “extravaganza” just a bit more special.
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For many exhibitors and visitors at the World Championship Show the opportunity to shop for a few new duds or accessories is essential. Here’s Joe Transmeier of J Bar J Western Store putting the final crease on a spanking new hat. Joe and Joyce are loyal supporters of ApHC and the World Show and call Smithville, Missouri, home. In addition to a line of brand-name goods, they offer custom made chaps and show outfits. In fact, the display of show clothes for ladies is so bright we’d recommend sunglasses. Thanks Joe & Joyce for being part of the Appaloosa community!