2016 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride

ANCER2012 069The Appaloosa Horse Club is pleased to announce that we have reached a three-year agreement with the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) to host the first-ever multi-breed National Endurance Championship Rides beginning in 2016.

In its 11th year, the 2016 Appaloosa National Championship Endurance Ride (ANCER) is returning to the heartland and will be held in conjunction with the Arabian Horse Association Distance Nationals in Vinita, OK on September 24, 2016. The ride is an AERC-sanctioned 50-mile ride.

Registered Appaloosas that are also registered with AHA as ½ Arabian may enter both National Championships. The ride begins at the Frank’s Ranch, 430853 E 220 Rd, Vinita, OK 74301.

For more event information please visit the ApHC website at You’ll find detailed information on the ride and a 2016 ANCER entry form.

Additionally, the ApHC is seeking sponsorship support of the ride. By clicking on the link above, you’ll find sponsorship information and perks. Please consider supporting the ride and ApHC riders as they compete in this multi-breed championship!

If you have questions, please contact the Appaloosa Horse Club at 208.882.5578 ext. 264.

Look for Spots in the Tournament of Roses Parade themed “Find Your Adventure”

Press Release - 2012 RP Entry 45The Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club’s Parade group will once again bring the adventures of the Nez Perce and the Appaloosa breed’s ancestral past to those in the present with a ride down famous Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, California for the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2016.

This year’s Rose Parade is themed “Find Your Adventure” and is a unique partnership with the U.S. National Park Service to help shine light on the centennial celebration of our nation’s national parks.

This is the fourth time Calizona is honored with the opportunity to show off the Appaloosa on New Year’s Day (2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016). Riding in their finest and most elaborate regalia, Calizona’s ride is dedicated to and will commemorate ApHC’s Chief Joseph Trail Ride and the final segment of the 13 year journey (cycle) planned for July 2016. As adventurous as it is historic the Chief Joseph Trail Ride is a celebrated event crossing through several national parks and has a trail identified to the 1877 Nez Perce Flight.

Calizona’s Equestrian Group is comprised of 14 mounted riders with four new members that will experience their first Rose Parade ride. Riders include: Debbie Herzman, Christy Wood, Steve Wood, CJ Brooks, Joe Brooks, Tisa Aley, Evon Owens, Paul Foxvog, Danie Foxvog and Leslie Foxvog. New members are: Jamie Thompson, Janella Mullican, Patty Baker and Austin Bogner. The group is assisted by several family and friends as the Support Team with efforts at 3:00 a.m. to help ready horses & riders, move trailers, and meet the riders at the end of the parade.

Calizona’s Equestrian Group will also participate in the Tournament of Roses Equestfest preceding New Year’s Day which will be held this year on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center at 12:00 noon. This event allows the public to get up close and personal with all of the 2016 Rose Parade equestrian units and watch beautiful horses and talented riders perform drills, dances, trick riding and roping. Attendees can also stroll through the stables, talk to riders and learn about the various tack and the many different breeds while enjoying the vendor court. The event is to be televised on RFDTV. CZ thoroughly enjoys this opportunity to get their horses in the public eye!

The Tournament of Roses, National Park Service AND Calizona ApHC desire to preserve history as well as connect and enage the public in new adventures and there is no better way than on an Appaloosa! Find one near you for the best adventure ever!

Leslie Foxvog
Group Marshal
Calizona ApHC – See pictures on Calizona’s Facebook Page

Appaloosas Breed Class at Dressage at Devon

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Ted Zajac and Saucon, Inc. as sponsors, Appaloosa horses will have an individual breed class at this year’s Dressage at Devon – next week (Tuesday September 1st). The link below is to a nice article in the Equine Chronicle.

Appaloosa Becomes Only Stock Breed to Have Individual Class at Prestigious Dressage at Devon

NRCHA Novice Non Pro Bridle Champion

Deborah Anderson_Signed PrescriptionExciting Appaloosa news from the Reined Cow Horse Championships in Fort Worth:

Deborah Anderson rode Signed Prescription (High Sign Nugget x Ima Docs Dolly) to the Novice Non Pro Bridle Championship with a composite 429 score (216 rein/213 cow). The Championship paid $2,693.75 and came with a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Kit and Charlie Moncrief, a Gist buckle sponsored by Smart Boons/Eric & Wendy Dunn, boots from Rios of Mercedes, a gift certificate from Platinum Performance, and a World Finals jacket from Hickory Holly Time and Gardiner Quarter Horses.

Anderson admitted she was incredibly nervous before her run. However, she said, “this time I just really wanted to try and do my best, and just enjoy every second of it.”

Deb has owned “Sadie” since she was a 2 year old, and until she was five, she hauled her to cutting shows as her turn back horse. When her cutter needed time off, she decided to show her as a hackamore horse in the reined cow horse The next year she didn’t compete on her, but instead rode her as her trail horse. Deb has always wanted to show cow horse seriously, and decided she better send her to get trained as a bridle horse. She choose to send her to John Swales, who showed her successfully in the two rein.

This past year she had a goal to qualify for the World Show and learn how to show a cow horse. This season she won two shows, and her trainer, Travis Rempel showing in the Limited Open won Championship titles in Canada and the Northwest Region as well as the preliminaries here at the Celebration of Champions and tying for Reserve Champion Limited Open Bridle Finals for a paycheck of $2,307.60.

Anderson said, “This is my once in a lifetime horse, I will never sell her.” Her plans for Sadie, now 10, is to take her home and raise some foals.

Photo Credit: Primo Morales Photography

Mane Event

mane eventHad a great weekend at the Mane Event in Red Deer, Alberta. Special thanks to the crew from the Appaloosa Horse Association of Alberta (one of our ApHC regional clubs) for providing plenty of helpers, information and items for the trade show booth. And, when I say “trade show,” I’m talking about four huge buildings full of exhibits along with arenas for clinics, contests and special events. Don’t know final tally of visitors, but reports of 20,000 folks on Saturday are probably not unrealistic. The best part is that Alberta is packed with horse-crazy people, so attendees were definitely a target market. In the photo are Alison Ritter and Rob Dewes, AHAA board members. In fact, at a brief meeting of the board at the event, Alison was elected to move up as President. We look forward to more good things including three scheduled ApHC shows this summer and a youth team that’s heading to the Canadian National Appaloosa Show.

Fun at NFR

DSC00307CWThe Appaloosa brand was once again on display at the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas. Thanks to the special efforts of Gary and Niceene Connolly, who coordinated a booth at Cowboy Christmas. Lots of visitors and lots of exposure. In this particular photo we have Cindy Hughes, Idaho Governor Butch Otter, Gary, Christy Wood and Mrs. Otter. The Gov happens to be an avid horseman and, from what we hear, a better-than-fair roper. Although he rides “other” horses, at least he willingly acknowledges the Appaloosa as the State Horse of Idaho. We certainly appreciate him taking the time to stop by for a visit.

Calizona ApHC featured on Stable Scoop Radio Show on the Horse Radio Network

The Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club was a featured guest on the annual preview look at the equestrian units in the Rose Parade on January 1, 2014 presented by the hosts of Stable Scoop on the Horse Radio Network. Hosts Helena Bee and Glenn the Geek preview the upcoming parade events and gather details about the Tournament of Roses Parade and related Equestfest. View the link below to access the Episode 277 and hear Leslie Foxvog expound about how great the Appaloosa breed is.

Stable Scoop Episode 277 – The 2014 Rose Parade Preview

If you desire to cut to the chase and listen to Leslie Foxvog, go to marker 19:00 in the broadcast. She is a little nervous at first (some ums, ahs) but once she gets going you’ll see it is not all about the parade it is all about the Appaloosa! And you will also find out that one of the hosts now owns an Appaloosa too!

In addition to Leslie, Jeannette Collier of the Tournament of Roses gives the latest on the 2014 Rose Parade preparations, as well as Trish and Sadie of the All American Cowgirl Chicks share their excitement on being chosen to be in the parade.

Stable Scoop Episode 277 – Show Notes and Links:
Host: Helena Bee and Glenn the Geek (see host bios)
Photo Credit: The All American Cowgirl Chicks in a past Rose Parade.
Guest: Jeannette Collier, Staff Liaison with the 2014 Rose Parade.
Guest: Trish and Sadie from the All American Cowgirl Chicks.
Guest: Leslie Foxvog of the Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club.

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Submitted by:
Leslie Foxvog, Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club

FFA Convention

FFAOnce again the Appaloosa breed was represented at the annual gathering of FFA folks from everywhere in the universe. The convention returned this year to Louisville, Kentucky. Former ApHC director Gary Connolly, point guy for the Appaloosa booth, is shown here with Ken Wiseman and Christy Wood. Christy was on hand to promote her new book and help out in general. Also assisting were John Bradley, Iris Snyder and Robert Columbe. Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

Categories: Events /Public Relations

Battle of the Breeds

sprucemdws2011 169The Appaloosa ladies did it again! Team Appaloosa surged to a sizable lead and ended up winning the 2013 Battle of the Breeds at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, this past weekend. Teams are comprised of four members with two participants from each of the 12 teams competing in five separate events. Team “A” placed third in Compulsory Skills, first in Jeopardy Jumping, second in Precision Driving, first in the Barrel Race and ninth in Trail. Team members included Sherry Gresko, Leduc, Alberta; Lynn Johnson, Rimbey, Alberta; Kaylee McLachlin and Laura-Gene Haga, both of Red Deer. Congratulations to Team Appaloosa!

Categories: Events /Spruce Meadows

Good news for NASCAR fans!

If you’re attending the 2013 World Championship Appaloosa Show in Fort Worth and if you happen to be a fan of NASCAR races or know someone who is, we’ve got a deal for you. The folks at Texas Motor Speedway are offering ApHC members a 25% discount on tickets to the AAA Texas 500 on November 3rd (the day after our show concludes). Although we know you won’t want to miss any of the action at the World Show, there are a couple of other options: the WinStar World Casino 350 on Friday the 1st and the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday the 2nd. Making plans is pretty simple because you now have your own web page for placing ticket orders.

Visit to get all the details. Your Offer Code is: Appaloosa.

CJTR 2013

cjtr2013photoThis year’s Chief Joseph Trail Ride started at Pilot Creek camp near Cooke City, Montana, but technically in Wyoming. Approximately 140 riders experienced one of the prettiest segments of the Nez Perce Trail, traveling in the Clark’s Fork country. Scenery was spectacular and the trail was well scouted thanks to folks with Shoshone National Forest. The really good news is that we had no significant human or equine injuries or illnesses and at least 90% of participants had a great time. We were pleased (and honored) to have a sizable group of Nez Perce youth and adults, visitors from Norway, Germany and England as well as the usual assortment from all across the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to the entire support crew for a great week!

Categories: Events /Trail/Distance

Member Reminders

National Show aBe sure to check out the news in the June Appaloosa Journal. You’ll find details about the schedules for the National Show and Youth World Championships, along with some interesting new activities focusing on our AYA members. In fact, I was inspired to write my July comments about youth and livestock shows (it seems to happen to me every year about this time).

If you’re coming to Fort Worth soon enough, we hope to see you at the general membership meeting on Sunday June 23rd. I understand the Board’s Marketing Committee and others are hoping to organize some small-group discussions so that you’ll have a direct opportunity to be a part of the ApHC strategy discussion. Honestly, we need to get away from the concept that the membership meeting is only for those who have something to complain about. We can hear from you any time you have an “issue.” It might be more important for you to have some input into future direction and priorities. We keep trying to fix what doesn’t work, but we also need to spend more energy and resources on how we want the ApHC to look a few years down the road.

The Board of Directors will be having committee meetings earlier on the 23rd and the board meeting on Monday the 24th. Location will be on the Will Rogers grounds (French Room on Watt Arena concourse), so drop by.

AND, don’t forget the Annual Awards Banquet at 5:30 on Sunday the 23rd. It will also be on the grounds, so there are very few excuses for missing it.

AND, you still have time to support ApHC exhibitors by sponsoring a class, a buckle, a banner, etc. Contact the Marketing Department at extension 235 or email

Hope to see you in Fort Worth!

Categories: Announcements /Board /Events

Idaho Horse Expo

idahoexpo13The ApHC supports the Idaho Horse Expo each spring with a traditional trade show booth and an Appaloosa on display. This is one of the ways we utilize Appaloosa license plate money, which has to be spent in-state with a focus on youth activities. Part of our funding allows kids to attend the Expo at no charge. I attended the Expo this past weekend as a representative of ApHC and as a vice president of the Idaho Horse Council. We were fortunate to have the help of Erin McBride who provided a classy looking Appaloosa gelding – “Marvin” – who was a true ambassador for the breed. He was particularly cordial to kids and senior citizens. Just guessing, but attendance was approximately 7,000 – 8,000 for the weekend event. Interestingly, the Idaho Horse Council made the decision to use local and regional trainers as clinicians and seminar speakers, rather than paying for a more well-known star. The Expo features a sizable trade show, an extreme cowboy (trail course) “race,” stallion parade and a private treaty sale. This event also provides an opportunity to visit with vendors who might be considered prospective advertisers/partners.

Categories: Events

Battle of the Breeds, Masters at Spruce Meadows

Beginning Thursday at the gorgeous Spruce Meadows facility in Calgary, Alberta, is the Telus Battle of the Breeds competition held in conjunction with an international jumping tournament known as the Masters. Teams of four horses and riders from several breeds (usually 12 or so) wil participate in compulsory skills (more/less a dressage pattern), “jeopardy” jumping, precision driving, barrel race (using four barrels) and a timed trail course. Two entries from each breed are in each “class.” Our ApHC folks in Alberta have organized a team and we’ll have photos and updates for you. Results will also be posted daily on the Spruce Meadows web site.

While you’re on the Spruce Meadows site, be sure to check out the process for voting on your favorite breed…and here’s hoping we don’t have to pursuade you to vote the right way!


The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) announced today that they signed a five year agreement to hold the National Appaloosa Show / World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show at Will Rogers Memorial Center (WRMC) in Fort Worth, Texas. ApHC will continue to host the World Championship Appaloosa Show for five additional years. The City of Fort Worth’s bid was bolstered by the new $32-million Equestrian Multi-Purpose Building at WRMC.

The 66th National Appaloosa Show and the 2013 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, with a total of 3,500 entries, will run concurrently from June 24-July 6. The 2013 World Championship Appaloosa Show is scheduled for October 25 – November 2.

“We are ecstatic to have won this bid and to now be working with the National and World Championship Youth Shows for The Appaloosa Horse Club,” said Kirk Slaughter, Public Events Director for the City of Fort Worth. “This is a great group of individuals and we love to have their beautiful, hard working horses here in our facility. WRMC and Fort Worth were able to offer a compelling package with our recent improvements, reputation for excellence and unrivaled equestrian heritage. At a projected economic impact of $11 million for this two week summer event, this is a huge win for our city.”

The summer show will overlap with the American Paint Horse Association Youth World Championship Show, presenting a unique opportunity for cooperation between two of the largest stock horse organizations in the world. “The future of horse shows will be about cooperation,” said APHA Executive Director Billy Smith. “This is a unique opportunity to create a model partnership that gives both organizations an opportunity to showcase great stock. The two shows will overlap from June 28 through July 6, 2013.

The board of the Appaloosa Horse Club, headquartered in Moscow, ID., approved the contract with Will Rogers for two shows from 2013-2017. Fort Worth was chosen over Tulsa which was the other final bidder for the National Appaloosa Show and World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show. Tentative dates are June 23 – July 5, 2014; June 22 – July 4, 2015; June 27 – July 9, 2016 and June 26 – July 8, 2017.

“The Will Rogers facility in Fort Worth is an excellent venue for both our major shows,” said Appaloosa Horse Club Chief Executive Officer Steve Taylor. “Beyond some basic efficiencies in terms of logistics and costs, the recent upgrades at WRMC and a double dose of Texas hospitality will ensure that our exhibitors have a great experience. We’re also enthusiastic about the opportunity to work closely with the American Paint Horse Association and believe in the merits of building relationships within the equine industry for our mutual benefit.”

“The equestrian show business has become quite competitive in the last few years, with cities recognizing the value and importance of these visitors to their local economies,” said David DuBois, President and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are fortunate to have a city that is recognized both for its legendary western culture and strategic leadership that puts us at the top of the competitive set. The equestrian shows that Fort Worth brings in not only supply a continuing stream of room night revenue but those visitors spend generously in other sectors of our economy as well. We look forward to showing the Appaloosa Horse Club our sincere and unbeatable hospitality.”

The Equestrian Multi-Purpose Building opens June 6 and includes two indoor 20,000-square-foot exercise arenas on the upper level and approximately 740 additional stalls. An expanded underground tunnel system will allow exhibitors and their horses to move throughout the complex without interfering with traffic or being exposed to inclement weather.

Established in Fort Worth in 1936 to house events near downtown and in the Cultural District, the Will Rogers Memorial Center attracts more than two million visitors a year. It is host to an extensive variety of cultural, educational, recreational and sporting events and has become a premier destination for national and international equestrian events.

About the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
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