Appaloosa wins!

Had to share this news item from ApHC judge and exhibitor Christy Wood:

I attended my first Ultimate Cowboy Trail Challenge on Nov 20 & 21 in Bishop, CA. This was going to be my stepping stone to start entering extreme cowboy racing so I went to scope it out. There were 60 riders to run on the qualifying round on Sat with 16 advancing to the finals on Sunday. The age divisions were 2 youth, 2 non-pro and Pro. We had to memorize 29 obstacles within two arenas and out as well. They gave us 9 minutes to complete the course. I did it in 5:45seconds. The end result was that I won the whole darn thing! What a blast! I won the Pro division, my horse,”Dollar” won Top horse, she was the highest point earner for both days, and I won the entire Ultimate Cowboy Trail Challenge and was handed a check for $1,000.00.

I will be joining the EXCR association in Jan and hope to ride in more races throughout the year. I will also be back on the Appy circuit and my goal is to be back at the Worlds in Oct. Please note that this is a solid bay mare, and when I had to give a short bio for the announcer at the challenge I had him say “Dollar is a registered Appaloosa mare which goes to show you that it is in the bloodlines that gets you down the trail, not the color on the butt.” I know our breed wants to be recognized for our color, but perhaps we need to give those solids, who we do allow on our trails and in our arenas, to take center stage once in a while. I own 2 solids and two colored Appaloosas, and they are all my breed of choice!


  1. Kristen Reiter Said,

    December 7, 2010 @ 1:21 am

    Woooo Hoooo! Way to go, Christy and Dollar! You go Girls!

  2. Lynn Bliss Said,

    December 7, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    Congratulations on your exciting win!!!!

  3. Pam & Dean Hargesheimer Said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    YEAH! Way to GO girl! You are a great ambassador for our lovely breed. I agree, it IS the bloodlines not the color of their butt and we couldn’t be more proud of you and Dollar. YIPPEEEE!

  4. Beth Wendel Said,

    January 29, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    Way to go Christy! Looks like you were having a blast riding!!

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