Two Appaloosa finalists in Cavalia Star contest

Some exciting news for a couple of Appaloosa folks in Arizona. Congratulations and thanks for helping to promote the breed!

From Arizona Range News and Arizona Silver Belt:

Laurie Hawkins entered her colt, “Frosted With Class”(in the photo), better known as “Jigsaw” into a contest giving “Frosted With Class” a chance at becoming the next Cavalia Star where he would perform with 75 other two and four legged artists. The show comes to the valley after returning from a two-year European tour which was completely sold out.

“Frosted With Class” has made it to the finals with eight other colts thoughout Arizona for a chance to perform in Cavalia, a spectacular equestrian odyssey show to be held in Scottsdale being Feb. 14.

And, the colt, Huntin Justice, belonging to Willcox resident Cheryl McLaughlin has also “made the cut” in the equestrian show.

Cheryl and her husband Fred own McLaughlin Appaloosas and Quarter Horses in Willcox. They are “dedicated to breeding world-class horses for pleasure or performance,” according to their website. More information can be found at

The equestrian show held their search for two Valley colts to join its production Dec. 9 through Jan. 1, Amber Cassise, a spokeswoman for Cavalia said.

“The two colts chosen will star in the opening scene of Cavalia for the entire run of the show in Phoenix,” she said. “The colts will live the celebrity life on-site at the Cavalia stables with the other stars of the show.”

“In the opening scene, the two young colts make their entrance on stage where they are free to express themselves, discover their unique surroundings and play with toys – as every one-year old should,” Cassise said.

“The Cavalia artists then make their entrance as the colts ‘greet’ them.”

This is the first time in any market that Cavalia will choose local colts to play in this opening scene, she said.

Described as a “spectacular equestrian odyssey,” Cavalia chose Phoenix to kick off an exclusive encore trip to the United States, following a sold-out, two-year tour in Europe, she said.

This “grand scale show” runs from Saturday, Feb. 14 until Sunday, Feb. 22, under the White Big Top in Scottsdale, at the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Loop 101.

It brings “exciting new energy and personalities from its 75 two-and-four legged artists,” Cassise said.

“Charged with poetry and pure emotion in dream-like virtual settings, the show combines acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts, and live music in the equestrian arts,” she said.

“Under the world’s largest touring big top, a 50-metre wide stage allows the horses to express themselves in all their beauty, their grace and their strength, at times in total liberty.”

Laurie has seen the show a couple of times, once in Scottsdale and again in Las Vegas and is excited about the possibility of seeing it once again with her own colt “Frosted With Class” on stage. This grand-scale show opens in Scottsdale on Feb. 14. Tickets are available for purchase and can be obtained by calling 1-866-999-8111 or visiting their website at


  1. Peggy Owen Said,

    January 29, 2009 @ 1:51 pm


    My 9 month old registered Appy colt, “Dancing Dreamcatcher” is also a finalist! I guess we will all find out today who the 2 lucky colts are

  2. Peggy Owen Said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    Did anyones Appy colt get chosen?

  3. Laurie Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

    Peggy, Congratulations on being a finalist!! Frosted With Class did not get selected, but being finalist is really great!! That makes three Appy’s in the finals that I know of. I just read your article in Saddle Up, very touching. Also, I did not know there were 50 applications, wow. Dancing Dreamcatcher, Huntin Justice and Frosted With Class are truly winners 🙂

  4. Laurie Said,

    February 6, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    Peggy, I contacted the Appaloosa Journal and told them about your news. I hope you don’t mind, but this is good news for Appaloosa’s and has to be shared.

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