National Championship Endurance Ride

Photo and report by Gerry Lukacik, Sooner ApHC

Here’s a picture from the National Championship Endurance Ride, held this past weekend in Oklahoma. This is your winning horse and rider, Cat Carter & THESPUROFTHEMOMENT. The picture was taken on the first 17 mile loop.

Not only were they first Appaloosa across the line, and the Best Conditioned Appaloosa, they were also the first over the line for the entire (all breeds) Indian Territory Ride! They came in second in the overall scoring for best conditioned for the entire ride. Not a bad showing for the breed!

Other Appaloosa results: 2nd place – Shilo Vanhart riding WAPS BLACKCHERRY, owned by Jeff Hartman; 3rd – Karen Gerken riding DKG PRINCE ARISTO; 4th – Lucie Hess riding COKE STRAW LAHAAM. Congratulations to all!

Carol Johnson, Sooner ApHC President also has tons of pictures, that I haven’t seen yet. The Indian Territory Ride had hired a professional photographer, and Marsha Hayes, who is doing an article for the Appaloosa Journal, was out on horseback, on the trail, taking pictures, as well.


  1. sandra Said,

    October 7, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

    I believe this ride was the national championship for the CTR (Competitive Trail Riding) a 2 days 70 miles ride at a controlled pace and not National Championship for Endurance Riding , either 50 or 100 miles at no limited speed, still to be held in October 16th and 18th in Indiana!

  2. Cat Carter Said,

    October 7, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

    Hey, it is Cat Carter, not Kat Carter 🙂 That is a nice picture! Thanks! I can’t wait to see more pictures of everyone at the ride! Congratulations everyone!

  3. Steve Said,

    October 8, 2008 @ 8:03 am

    You are correct, but it is also considered the ApHC National Championship Endurance Ride. In order for us to call it something else, we’d need to establish a committee — so, let’s just enjoy it, whatever it is.

  4. Steve Said,

    October 8, 2008 @ 8:05 am

    Cat – Thanks for the note and CONGRATULATIONS!

  5. Lynette Thompson Said,

    October 8, 2008 @ 10:32 am

    Congratulations Cat on a wonderful victory. Thank you Gerry for a very nice writeup and last, but certainly not least, thank you t the Sooner Appaloosa Club for being such gracious hosts of this event.

  6. Glenda Said,

    October 10, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

    Great picture.

  7. Maryanne Said,

    October 12, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

    Cat—-Congratulations to both you and Spur. Must have been quite a ride!!

  8. Marsha Hayes Said,

    October 16, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

    Note: Spur’s official ride time of 6:31 was really good for 50 miles. Cat really took care of her horse during and after the event. This horse was first.. against all breeds. A really nice horse among many nice horses at the ride. Congratulations.

  9. Carol Johnson Said,

    October 20, 2008 @ 5:45 am

    The photos I took at the ride are now available to view at I’ve included a sub-album called Lukacik Photos that has more of the photos Gerry took on the trail.

    Hope you all enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed supporting the ride.

    Carol Johnson

  10. Carol Johnson Said,

    October 20, 2008 @ 5:47 am

    Looks like the specific album name got chopped on the previous post. You can also get there by going to, then choose the Sooner ApHC album. You’ll see the NC ride sub-album there. Select that and browse to your heart’s content.


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