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51 Years of Judging

Pete WoodsHis real name is Roland but everyone calls him Pete Woods. Pete’s been judging Appaloosas for 51 years now!

Besides judging he’s also painting and at the information booth here at the World Show you can see a couple of Pete’s paintings. I sat down with Pete this morning to get a little bit of his perspective from his career. He says he got his first Appaloosa in 1949 and it was the first registered one in New York state. He was drawn to the breed because of their color and disposition. Pete’s ApHC membership number is 420 by the way. He was one of the first Appaloosa judges to be carded too.

One of the things that stands out in his memory were shows like the National Show in Salem, OR in 1973 when there were huge numbers of horses in the classes and they only had 3 judges. If you’re going to be a judge Pete says, “You have to satisfy yourself.” He says you can’t satisfy everyone.

You can listen to my interview with Pete here: Listen to MP3 Pete Wood Interview (6 min MP3)

2007 World Championship Appaloosa Show Photo Album

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