Sooner ApHC youth member and her mare win trailer

sooner0803erica1.jpgDuring the weekend of February 8, 2008, the Oklahoma Horse Fair, with representatives from both coasts and both borders came to Duncan, OK. Ranch horse and barrel racing events as well as a new trail horse competition entertained the spectators and featured outstanding prizes.

Erica Halterman, a 14 year old who lives in Duncan, OK riding an 8 year old, chestnut Appaloosa mare named Mama’s Design (aka Bridget) negotiated the obstacles better than 20 other competitors and took home a new Titan 2 horse slant trailer with tack room, lettered “The 2008 Champion Trail Horse of Oklahoma”.

The trailer was awarded by Gary Loman, producer of the Oklahoma Horse Fair. Erica competed against Paints, Arabians, and Quarter horses in a field of adults including her Dad, Martin Halterman on the only other Appaloosa, Blazin Hot Sister, a 6 year old chestnut mare.

The course involved leading the horse into the arena, mounting up, loping a figure eight with flying lead change, a gate, a ditch and dirt hill that had to be crossed, putting on/ taking off a rain slicker, an elevated bridge leading to a pen of goats that had to be passed, a walk over logs( real tree trunks), mailbox, and a back through L. “We knew that the goats would probably be there, so about a month ago we got a goat named Mickey, and our horses just love him”, said Valerie Halterman, Erica’s Mom. Thejudges also gave 1-5 additional points for the 5 fastest times, but Erica and Mama’s Design didn’t worry about the clock…Trail is not a speed event.

Friday night during a problem horse clinic, clinician Kerry Kuhn (who was one of the judges) talked about how he judged the mount of each trail horse…he was looking for a quiet horse that stood perfectly still until the rider was ready to go – Erica adjusted a stirrup, tucked in her shirt, rocked the saddle and then told Bridget by picking up the reins – “let’s go”. Out of a total of 200 points, Erica and Bridget scored 186.

They just did what they practice all the time at home and what the judge told them to do…….”show me that you have control of the horse and that you are working together as a team”.

With Bridget, Erica is the current 12-14 Age Division State of Oklahoma 4H Trail Champion, placed 15th in the Sr. Open Trail Class at the 2007 Appaloosa World’s in Ft. Worth, and was awarded the 2006 and 2007 “Horse of the Year” from the Sooner Appaloosa Club. Our family belongs to the Oklahoma Appaloosa Horse Club where both she and Martin are directors, the Sooner Appaloosa Horse Club, and this year we will belong and attend shows on the DalWorth circuit also. Submitted by Gerry Lukacik.


  1. Dar- Said,

    February 29, 2008 @ 7:53 am

    Congrats Erica and Bridget!!! Any chance this sucess story will make the AJ and cover? What Pride they must feel to own an Appaloosa!~

  2. clint gorden Said,

    March 21, 2008 @ 8:06 am

    is the youth world for 2008 in jackson ms, if it is what is the name or the barn or facility

    thank you hope to hear from u,

    clint gorden

  3. Steve Said,

    March 21, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

    Yes, the Youth World Championship Show is in Jackson. Click on the “show” button from the home page and you will find information about the event (It’s at the state fairgrounds).

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