Iron Horse Award

The Nutrena® Iron Horse $10,000 award is sponsored by Nutrena, the official feed of the Appaloosa Horse Club and is crowned at the World Championship Appaloosa Show. The Nutrena® Iron Horse award recognizes the legendary versatility and athleticism of the Appaloosa. To be eligible to compete for this award, a horse must enter and compete in classes in four of five contest categories and place in the top ten in three of those classes. Contest categories are halter, western, English, games and cattle, and the classes can be open or non-pro events. Points are totaled after the last qualified class at the show. The horse with the highest total wins the award.

The stakes are high with a $10,000 cash award and an original bronze sculpture of an Appaloosa, entitled “Forged from Fire”. Wally Shoop of Stillwater, Minnesota designed the sculpture. Wally is an artist who grew up in the Badlands of South Dakota. He has a great reverence for American Indian tribes and is knowledgeable about the Nez Perce and their history with the Appaloosa horse.

The 2008 Nutrena Iron Horse Award winner is STATE OF DEE HEART, owned by Ed and Missy Millhouse of Stillwater, Minnesota. Other horses in the standings include: 2nd, MR BIG BUCKS, owned by Karen Grimm, Minden, Nevada; 3rd, MR TIPS BUDWIZER, owned by Katrina and Pamela Kaiser, Pilot Point, Texas; 4th IMA TOUCH DZ, owned by Debbie Sigler, St. Charles, Illinois.

Categories: World Show


  1. Sandra Said,

    November 17, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

    Congratulations Ed & Missy – He is a phenomenal horse!!!

  2. Sandy Jirkovsky Said,

    November 17, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

    Congratulations to Ed and Missy and a big thank you to Nutrena for their sponsorship. We are very thankful for their continued support of the versatile Appaloosa!

  3. Missy Millhouse Said,

    November 19, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

    A huge thanks to all that have supported us and “Richie” along the way. This has truly been a team effort. We can’t thank Jim and Sandy Jirkovsky enough for their years of hard work and talent, without which this wouldn’t have been possible. “Richie” is an amazing horse and we are blessed to have him. We thank the ApHC for the opportunity to compete in this competition. Last but not least we thank Nutrena and Sue Kelly for their generous sponsorship and support. It is greatly appreciated.

  4. Shelly Sigler Said,

    November 23, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

    Congratulations to the Millhouse’s, Jim&Sandy Jirkovsky and of course Richie! He is amazing and this is well deserved!

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