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

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!

Horse & Rider features “Dude”

It’s certainly worth mentioning that the latest issue of Horse & Rider magazine features an Appaloosa star in the regular section know as “A horse we’d love to own.” Blue Suede Dude, known to his friends as “Dude,” is a 2003 gelding by Sonny’s Cowboy and out of Miss Blue Smoke, by I Love Willie. He’s owned by Christy Wood of Three Rivers, California. Dude is shown in some of his costume class regalia. Congrats to Dude and Christy for the positive publicity!

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

Calizona to ride in Famous Christmas Parade – Hollywood!

calzonaparadeThe Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club’s Parade group is one of seven illustrious equestrians to participate in the famous Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 1, 2013. This parade, an 80 year American tradition, heads down the famous streets of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards and includes celebrities and many performers. The parade is televised and later shown closer to the Christmas holiday.

Remaining true to the heritage of the Appaloosa, Calizona continues in the Native Indian tradition of the horse parade dressed in the finest and most elaborate regalia to honor our beloved breed and shout “Have Appy Holidays”. Calizona’s Hollywood Parade group comprised of 13 riders will include: Leslie Foxvog, husband Paul and daughter Danie, costumer Debbie Herzman, Stephanie Rawley, Evon Owens, Christy Wood, Steve Wood, CJ Brooks, husband Joe Brooks, Tisa Aley, Christy Calkins and Austin Bogner.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade website includes a list of the Equestrian groups, celebrities and participants. Please see: and for CZ’s equestrian picture & description follow the link for Participants and Equestrians. Calizona is honored to be a part of this parade tradition and acknowledge that the group was invited for this event – “they came to us, not us to them”. Historically, equestrians were required to apply for the parade. Take note that under the Television link for Airdates that the parade will be aired on the Hallmark Channel (cable) and local KTLA television stations throughout December.

Riding down Hollywood Blvd is a preliminary event to the “Big Daddy of Parades” to which Calizona garnered a third appearance in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2014. As in prior years, the group will also participate in the Tournament’s Equestfest on December 29th at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center televised on RFDTV.

Calizona’s riders are ready for a long day, and fun night in Hollywood; but, feel it so worth it to share their Appaloosa Enthusiasm with those that see them both in person and later on TV, we hope we are not edited out!

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!

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Promotion Bonus

svmS13coverJust have to mention that the Appaloosa breed and its unique history (and the Museum) received a nice bit of exposure in the summer/fall issue of Sun Valley Magazine, a high-end publication in our part of the world. The article by Jody Orr includes some ApHC photos that you’ve seen before along with several Nez Perce images. Probably doesn’t hurt our cause that the issue features Clint Eastwood on the cover!

Categories: Museum /Public Relations

Your Vote Counts in Trail of Painted Ponies Competition

facebook-voting-graphicThe Trail of Painted Ponies and the Appaloosa Horse Club are proud partners in a National Art Competition Celebrating the ApHC’s 75th Anniversary, and the beauty and the history of the Appaloosa horse.

We received many outstanding design submissions to this competition, which ended on May 1, 2013.

Now Choosing the Winners is Up To You!

Vote for your favorite competition designs from May 15 to May 27, 2013 on the Official Painted Ponies Website. Follow the link below and cast your vote for your favorite design!

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

Appaloosa feature on “Horse Talk Live”

The Appaloosa feature on “Horse Talk Live” will air Friday October 26th on RURAL TV, Dish Network channel 232. The episode will air at 3pm, 9pm and 1am EST. Past episodes can be viewed at You need to promise not to make too much fun of the spokesperson.

The first 15-minute segment is an interview with a Palomino representative, but the next three segments are ApHC.

Tournament of Roses Equestfest – Calizona ApHC 12/30/11 on RFDTV

The Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club’s Parade group will appear in the Tournament of Roses Equestfest on December 30, 2011 which is filmed live by RFD-TV. Equestfest presented by Wells Fargo is an up close and personal opportunity for the public to meet many of the Equestrians that will be seen in the Rose Parade. It is a 2 hour show of beautiful horses and talented riders performing drills, dances and the “wild west” comes alive! After the event, the public can stroll through the stables and talk to the performers and see the horses. Calizona performs a patterned routine to Native American Indian music to show off our colored horses and traditional Heritage costume.

The Equestfest group of 10 riders for the performance includes: Paul Foxvog, Leslie Foxvog, Debbie Herzman, Danie Foxvog, Diane Dodd, Christy Wood, Angila Gallagher, Steve Wood, CJ Brooks and Joe Brooks (two other members of the parade group, Evon Owens and Stephanie Rawley, are unable to participate in the Equestfest but will be with the group on Colorado Blvd for the parade on January 2, 2012). Calizona is ready to present the Appaloosa with beautiful stall decorations and ApHC Table top and materials display. Again, watch for the Equestfest performance on RFD-TV 12:00 noon Pacific Time, earlier for Standard/Central time.

Calizona ApHC is extremely excited to put the Appaloosa on display to all throughout this fun day!


We recently had the opportunity to enjoy the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, and we stopped by the ApHC booth at one of the Cowboy Christmas venues. It was so great to see the appaloosa horse represented and promoted to so many people! Thank you to Gary and Nicene Connolly and everyone else who made it possible!!

Attached are a couple of pictures of visitors to the booth…Jim Jirkovsky and Chet Bennett in one and Danny and Dorine Bennett in the other.

(Thanks Dorine)

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Vote for your favorite trail horse tonight!

Don’t Miss the SECOND voting episode at 8pm EST on September 27, 2011 (that’s tonight)!

Watch the second ten finalists as they compete to earn your vote and their share of the $100,00 in prize money! America’s Favorite Trail Horse will air at 8pm EST on HRTV DISH channel 404. Every episode will be shown FREE on simultaneously at 8pm EST. Voting starts as soon as the episode is over at 9pm EST and will be open for 48 hours per episode. If you missed any of the episodes, you can still watch it at

How to VOTE:

Ten horse are showcased in each of the 10 episodes, with one horse chosen
as a winner of each $5000 episode. The 10 winning horses then proceed to
the final round where 3 grand prize winners will be awarded a total of
$50,000. Only one vote per email address per episode and voting starts
after each Tuesday night episode at 8pm EST.

Last week’s winner was Marjorie Chema riding Emmy Lee! (1/2 Spanish Arab
1/2 Oldenburg)

Every Vote counts! Pass the word! Tell us your Favorite!

America’s Favorite Trail Horse — starts tonight

Follow the amazing journey of the nation’s top 100 trail horses on America’s Favorite Trail Horse and vote for your favorite, who will receive their share of the $100,000 in prize money. America’s Favorite Trail Horse will premiere at 8pm EST on September 13th 2011 on HRTV on DISH channel 404. Check your local listings on cable networks. Every Episode will also be shown FREE on simultaneously at 8pm EST. Voting starts as soon as the episode is over at 9pm EST Tuesday and voting will be open for 48 hours per episode.

ApHC member George Ehmer (you may recall) is a contestant, so be sure to watch for and vote for George and Joker!

How to Watch America’s Favorite Trail Horse…
TV: Channel 404 on HRTV on the Dish Network

When to tune in…
Tuesday – 8pm EST/ 5pm PST
Tuesday – Same episode repeats 3 hrs later 11pm EST/8 pm PST
When scheduling permits: Repeats Sunday 10am EST/7am PST

How to vote for your favorite trail horse…
Ten horses are showcased in each of the 10 episodes, with one horse chosen as the winner of each $5000 episode. The 10 winning horses then proceed to the final round where 3 grand prize winners will be awarded a total of $50,000. Only one vote per email address per episode and voting starts after each Tuesday night episode at 8pm EST. Voting is open for 48 hours. You can also REVIEW competitors by watching episodes at

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