Linda Norton Neely

0698302On November 27, 2015 the horse industry lost beloved equine judge Linda Neely, Oklahoma City OK to leukemia. Her family would like to establish a scholarship in her memory with the Appaloosa Youth Foundation (AYF) in lieu of flowers. Contributions may be made in her name at:

Appaloosa Youth Foundation
2720 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, Idaho 83843
Phone: 208.882.5578
Fax: 208.882.8150

Sad the hear the news that our friend Linda passed away. She was one of those people who had a sincere passion for the equine industry and freely shared it. A true friend of the Appaloosa community.

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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

Celebration Time

EdithStangerWe thought at least some (or many) of you would like to know about an important milestone coming up. ApHC Hall of Fame member Edith Stanger is being feted at a celebration of her 90th birthday. An open house reception will be held Wednesday June 3rd from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls. If you’d like to share a card or other greeting, you can send it to the ApHC office and we’ll be sure Edith gets it.

Edith was a co-founder of the Intermountain Appaloosa Club, the Snake River Valley Horse Show, the Idaho Horse Council, and was elected to the ApHC Board of Directors. She is also famous for publishing a fascinating, mostly true history of the ApHC called “Fifty Years of Appaloosa History.”

Terry Thompson to be inducted into NRHA Hall of Fame

terry-thompsonAt the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)’s most recent board of directors’ meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Hall of Fame committee recommended several nominees for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame and consideration for the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The board voted to induct Terry Thompson, Miss Tinseltown and Smart Spook into the NRHA Hall of Fame. Kenny Eppers and Bob Stinner will each receive the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. These highly-coveted honors will be celebrated at the NRHA Annual Awards Banquet on June 20, 2015 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Terry Thompson, of Aubrey, Texas, first earned an NRHA paycheck in 1977. He was the 1982 and 1985 NRHA Derby Open Champion and a perennial finalist in the NRHA Derby, NRHA Futurity and other major events. Thompson has also figured prominently in winning many regional futurities and derbies. Thompson has served on various NRHA committees and the NRHA board of directors. He has been a generous contributor in youth fundraising. Thompson is an NRHA judge and was instrumental in developing the current judging system. In addition to NRHA competition, Terry has actively participated in Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) events helping to promote the sport of reining, especially the Appaloosa reining horse.

Congratulations Terry!

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

Richard Lankford

849_0000174001Richard Lankford, of Princeton, IN, passed away Saturday Aug 2. The ApHC extends condolences to the family and expresses sincere gratitude for Richard’s contributions to the breed and the organizations he supported so passionately. Funeral services will be held Thursday Aug 7th in Princeton. Additional details can be found at

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Webb Parlier

Webb Parlier, stalwart member of the Appaloosa community and the larger equine world, passed away Monday of this week. Services are Friday the 30th in Arenzville, Illinois. We can’t imagine very many ApHC members who don’t know, or know of, Webb. Let’s just say he was an “active” horseman who truly enjoyed helping other folks. Anyone who’s ever attended the Railsplitter show probably has a good story involving Webb. We like the closing line of the obituary: “He was a Cowboy…” Condolences to his son Dave and family.

Here’s the link to the obituary for Wilbur “Webb” Parlier:

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The George B. Hatley Memorial Wing opens at the Appaloosa Museum

ApHC building 1Horse lovers on the Palouse gathered at the Appaloosa Museum in Moscow Friday afternoon to celebrate its newest addition.

The museum held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its George B. Hatley Memorial Wing. Hatley helped revive the Appaloosa breed after it came close to extinction in the 1920’s, and he was the original founder of the museum.

“He made it his life’s work to promote the breed, and bring it to prominence and get it respect, and in the process, made it one of the most recognizable breeds of horses in the world,” said Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center Board Member Juli Thorson.

The museum was established in 1975 to collect and exhibit objects that illustrate the history of the Appaloosa horse, and its connection with the Palouse and Nez Perce Native Americans.

Hatley’s wife and son attended Friday’s ceremony to cut the ribbon and speak about his legacy. The museum is located off the Moscow-Pullman Highway, near the state line. If you want to check it out, it’s free to visit.

See the video report at

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Rick McMasters

The Appaloosa community and the horse world lost one of the good guys last week. Rick McMasters passed away March 14th. His was a familiar face to anyone who has attended a major ApHC show or any of a number of other breed events. Rick was an ApHC judge for 38 years and held cards with other breeds as well. We’re still counting the number of National and World shows where he’s been a ring steward, judges monitor or assistant-something. Anyone who ever had a conversation with Rick knows that he loved his family, good horses, good music and good stories. To say that we’ll miss him doesn’t quite go far enough.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Rick McMasters’ Scholarship Fund at the Appaloosa Youth Foundation, c/o ApHC, 2720 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow, ID 83843.

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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.

Look at the Appaloosa Museum Raffle Horse Now – Winner!

IMG_8074Ochocho Nikki (aka Nik), the 2011 ApHC Museum Raffle Horse, now has a Silver Buckle to his name and represents the Appaloosa breed in many good ways. Nik and his owner, Debbie Herzman, won the Indian Division in the San Juan Capistrano Swallows Day Parade held this past weekend (Saturday, March 23, 2013) in their first time out as a parade duo. Parade organizers reported it was the largest equestrian turnout in its 55 year history with over 600 horses in various divisions overall.

In 2011, Nik was donated as a 2 year old to the Museum for their annual raffle by Rafter DS Ranch in Fossil, Oregon and the rest is very happy history! He went to a new home with Debbie in Southern California and there began a slow but steady riding career. Nik has a calm, cool temperament and his colorful coat pattern attracts people wherever he goes. Fall of 2012 was his show debut with positive results and now in 2013 he is in full swing on the Appaloosa circuit, open shows (signed up for ACAAP) and parades. Nik is 97% Foundation bred and looks fantastic in Native American Indian regalia. The pair will join in Calizona’s future parade efforts too!

Submitted by Leslie Foxvog

Lawrence ‘Cotton’ Voigt

We were sorry to hear news of the death of Cotton, a true Texas gentleman and a fixture on the Chief Joseph Trail Ride as well as many others. You can find the full obituary at

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Frank Holmes

Frank Holmes, one of the pre-eminent equine historians of all times, was welcomed into glory on January 12, 2013 with his wife and his church family at his side. Frank lost his 18 year battle with cancer but never his indomitable spirit. Frank is survived by a wife, Loyce Robertson Holmes; sons, Eric, Craig, Morgan Gandy and 10 beautiful grandchildren. Additionally Frank has three surviving sisters; Kathy Dunnan, Patty Poole and Joanne Ranguette and two brothers, Rick and Gary Holmes.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. on January 18th at the Majestic View Church in Kiowa, Colorado. Memorial contributions may be made to Majestic View Church Awana Ministry. Condolence messages may be sent to the family at .

Frank was born November 3, 1947 and graduated high school from Kenmare, North Dakota in 1965. Frank’s love for horses began as a teenager in North Dakota. He was all things horses – tenaciously seeking out mentors from pioneer Appaloosa breeders. In doing so, he came to understand that what others may have considered ordinary people were really heroes to a young man whose passion drove him to learn and pen the history of a breed he loved. Frank submitted his first article to Western Horseman in 1961 when he was 13 years old and was published at the age of 14.

Frank spent the majority of his early working career as a federal civil servant, but writing was always his vocation. Frank started selling feature articles to horse magazines on a part-time basis in 1965. After almost 18 years as a civil servant, Frank decided to follow his dream as an author and equine historian. His first love in horses was the Appaloosa, and after submitting an article to the Appaloosa Journal, the editor commented that “Frank is the most knowledgeable man I’ve ever met concerning Appaloosas. If ever there could be called an Appaloosa addict, that person would be Frank Holmes. Like a baseball addict that can remember every batting average, every World Series home run, Frank can recite pedigrees and national champions like scripture.”

Frank interests have always been centered on the historical aspect of the western horse breeds, and his broad-based knowledge of the origins of the Quarter Horse, Paint, Appaloosa and Palomino registries have established him as one of the pre-eminent historians of all time.
As a former staff writer for Western Horseman magazine, Frank co-authored volumes 2 through 6 and was the sole authored of volume 8 of the immensely popular Quarter Horse Legends book series and authored The Hank Wiescamp Story.

As the award-winning Features Editor of The Paint Horse Journal he contributed a steady stream of top-notch personality profiles, genetic studies and historical overviews.

In early 2001, Frank launched LOFT Enterprises, LLC – his own publishing company. Since that time he devoted the lion’s share of his journalistic efforts to the research and writing of historical books designed to capture the West’s rich history and pass it on in a way that both enlightens and entertains. Among the books authored under LOFT’s banner were Wire to Wire – the Walter Merrick Story, More Than Color 1, More Than Color 2, Spotted Pride, King – P234 and a children’s book, Crystal’s Vision.

Frank’s last project was The Dale Wilkinson Story which is expected to be debuted this coming spring.

Frank’s life was more than horses – at its core; it was family and sharing his love for Jesus Christ. He worked as an Awana leader and mentored many of the youth in his church family. Frank loved to laugh – he laughed often and well. He was a friend to many and loved beyond words.

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Lynn Hickey

Lynn Hickey passed away last Friday. Lynn Hickey Dodge was a great sponsor of ApHC events in the 1990’s in Oklahoma City. He was a genuinely nice man with a passion for horses and friends. He was known in Oklahoma for his dealership promotions that were larger than life – much like Lynn himself. He owned many great Appaloosa champions including GO TO IMPRESS, HF SHEZA DOC, SHEZA JOKER JO-RE and CRICKET O’LENA to name a few. As a sponsor, we’d buy Lynn a plaque each year and recognize him in the arena as a valued sponsor. But he ended up making us feel like the stars of the show instead of the other way around. He was a gentleman and had a huge heart and generosity of spirit. He will be missed.

Here’s a link to Lynn’s obituary:

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Thinking of you back East!

Greetings from your Appaloosa family at the World Show in Fort Worth. For all those who have been and continue to be under the spell of this week’s East Coast storm, please know that everyone here is keeping you in their thoughts and prayers. Some of you had planned to travel to the show and others are probably trying to get home and circumstance are making things difficult in either case. As we monitor the recovery process, we hope you’ll let us be part of your communications and support network. If there are ways we can help make connections or assist in other ways, please let us know.

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