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

Major achievement for Appaloosa

News flash from South Africa:

Storm Runner, the 7 year old Appaloosa stallion my husband imported for me in 2004, is now owned by Cobus Smit. Storm Runner (bred by B & L Ranch) had a fantastic Horse of the Year (HOY) show this past week. In General Breed (open to every breed), he was 2nd in the 1.5 to 1.67 metre Stallion in Hand class.

He was Champion Halter and Champion Ridden horse in the Western Showing Association of South Africa (WSASA) show on Friday, was Reserve Champion Stallion Halter and Champion Ridden Horse in the Appaloosa show on Saturday, then on Sunday he became the first Appaloosa to ever make it into the ribbons–top 5–at the HOY Supreme Ridden Champion event. There were about 24 horses of different breeds in the run-off and he made the first cut to 10 then was 5th in the finals.

Storm in particular and Appaloosas in general are the talk of the HOY.

For the first time both an Appaloosa mare and Appaloosa Stallion made it into the top 5 in hand–one owned by George Contos and the other by Ros Nightingale.

I am so pleased that I have not stopped smiling!

Happy Spring!

Deborah Ann Buchan

ApHC show results, qualifying deadline update

The Performance Department is currently processing show results for the month of August. Results are completed through the end of July except for three shows for which the results have to be corrected.

Because the deadline for regional show managers to submit results from August shows is Sept 10th, we are currently only uploading or entering open and non-pro class results for August shows in order to meet that deadline. Once World Show invitations have been processed, we will upload youth class results. So if you’re checking results for horses and/or competitors, there will be a slight delay in accessing current youth points.

Appaloosas Win at Open Charity Silver Buckle Show!

More good news from California:

Appaloosas showed their stuff at the Ridge Riders 10th Annual Open Charity Silver Buckle Championship Christmas Show held December 5 & 6, 2009 in West Covina, California. Showing the right stuff on Saturday in the Halter & Western Division was She’s Just Prety with Caitlyn Raysser on the lead winning the Halter Open Silver Buckle. She also won the Halter-Mares class. Dynamically Designed owned by Betty Pumpian was shown by Kris Keeler placing second in both halter color classes and 3rd in the Halter Open Buckle class.

In the Amateur Division, Leslie Foxvog showed A Magic Mister Re to a Reserve Halter Championship. Together they won the Halter for Color Breeds (50% Confirmation, 50% Color), the Halter Color Open (100% Color) and placed second in the Halter for Stallions & Geldings. Vicki Castle–Donavesky also showed her mare, Dreams and Visions, to second and third placings in the Amateur western riding classes. She came to the show to branch out and focus efforts on riding in a new division for she and her horse. Appaloosa Youth, Meghan Quigley rode her gelding, Just for Paradise, to a Reserve Youth Championship with several placings in the Youth Western classes. Maggie Nelson showed Straws Classy Lass to First Placings in the Youth 8 & Under Western Showmanship and Western Walkers classes.

Appaloosas continued their buckle wins in Sunday’s English/Over Fences Division. Kris Keeler showed Quest Pattern for owner Terry DeWitt winning the English Open Silver Buckle with multiple placings in various riding classes. Jamie Nelson and Straws Classy Lass placed in multiple classes and paired for the Reserve Amateur English Champion. Daughter, Margaret Nelson, came back again from Saturday to win the Youth 8 & Under English Showmanship and English Walkers classes.

All three Southern California Regional Clubs had winning attendees – Calizona ApHC, Spotted Valley ApHC and Southern California Appaloosa Horse Club. It’s wonderful that the Appaloosa Breed is promoted to others outside the Appaloosa show circuit and desire to “Get Spotted”. Congratulations to the winners!

Leslie Foxvog
President Calizona ApHC

Appaloosas shine at all-breed futurity!

Calizona members’ Appaloosas win big and shine at the Mojave River Valley Horsemans Association All Breed Futurity Show held September 20, 2009 in Apple Valley, California.

The Weanling Futurity was won by Dun Maid Me Grand (weanling gelding) owned by Dean’s Ranch and shown by Dennis Dean. Magic Dun Right (yearling filly) was the Reserve Champion for the Yearling Futurity and also shown by Dennis and owned by Dean’s Ranch. The Yearling Lunge Line Futurity was won by Play A Hand In Vegas (yearling gelding) shown by Caitlyn Raysser and owned by Amber Niess. Amber was very excited to have her horse win her very first futurity. The Reserve High Point Halter Horse title went to Exclusively Magic also owned and shown by Amber Niess. Other Appaloosas exhibited at the show include Prety Wild Ideas by Terri Hart and Man O Love by Toni Dean. It’s wonderful that the Appaloosa Breed is promoted to others outside the Appaloosa show circuit. Congratulations to the winners!!!

Leslie Foxvog
President Calizona ApHC

ApHC Congratulates Winning Appaloosa and Rider with $50,000

The Appaloosa Honkin Hunter earned his weight and then some in dollars in the 2-year-old Hunt Seat Futurity at the Just For Pleasure Show in Perry, Georgia. Not only did the Appaloosa win awards and prize money from the class, the Appaloosa Horse Club bestowed an additional $50,000 to Honkin Hunter and his exhibitor Nancy Sue Ryan of Nocona, Texas!

Of the $50,000, Honkin Hunter’s owner, Jennifer Carter of Clarklake, Michigan, walked away with $10,000, and Nancy Sue Ryan won $40,000, thanks to the Appaloosa Excellence Program (APEX) and APEX Color payout respectively. APEX was developed to encourage owners to participate with their Appaloosas in open competition, and $10,000 payouts are certainly “encouraging.”

APEX $10,000 payouts are awarded to the winning Appaloosas in eight specific competitions at specific events, such as the Just For Pleasure and others such as cutting, reining and barrel futurities.

Honkin Hunter competed at Just For Pleasure like a pro, though a mere two months ago he made his show debut in Fort Worth, Texas, at the 2008 World Championship Appaloosa Show where he earned third palce in 2-year-old Snaffle Bit Hunter Under Saddle. This promising gelding, sired by The Hunter and out of Temons Tonka, was bred by Char-O-Lot Ranch, Myakka City, Florida.

For more information about APEX and other incentives, visit

Indiana & Hoosier Clubs Host Futurities

IndianaOn September 15, 2007, the Indiana Appaloosa Association held it’s 44th Weanling & Yearling Futurity in conjunction with the Hoosier Appaloosa Association Weanling/Yearling Futurity. The Futurities were held at the Johnson County 4-H Grounds in Franklin, Indiana with sunny but cool weather enjoyed by all. There was a lot of color to behold in all the classes.

The IAA gave a Trail of Painted Ponies ‘Horse With No Name’ collectible figurine to the 1st place winner of each weanling & yearling class.

The IAA & HAA also offered a combined club color class & gave awards of $200 thru 4 places & halters to 10 places.

Champion of Champion Weanling honors went to A Rodeo Star (photo) owned by Cecil & Beverly Moss & shown by Joe Scott. The Mosses received a $250 cash award from the club for their win in addition to a bronze trophy sponsored by IAA member, Marylynn France.

This year’s Futurity payouts totaled over $5000. Included in the total were payouts to stallion owners who donated a service to the 2006 IAA Stallion Service Sale.

When a donated stallion service sells at ½ price of the regular fee (minimum of $300), both the stallion & mare owners get free entries into both the open & closed weanling classes. When the resulting weanling places in the closed class, the stallion & mare owners each receive ½ of that foal’s winnings for the class. For stallion owners interested in donating a service for the 2008 breeding season or for more information about the IAA Futurity, go to the club website at or contact Michelle Bowman at or at (260) 597-7407.

Thanks to Michelle for the article.

Jack Hennig and High Jo Lena Perform in “Spectacular” Florida Fashion

jack*** Photo by Jim Davis,

It was a remarkable victory for Jack Hennig and High Jo Lena in the FRCHA (Florida Reined Cow Horse Association) Bridle Spectacular show on September 8 and 9th, 2007 in Sarasota, Florida. Jack and High Jo Lena AKA Wysi Wyg placed first in the Open Bridle on Saturday and second in the Open Bridle class on Sunday and third in the Bridle Spectacular. The Bridle Spectacular included Cutting, Reining and Working Cowhorse. “This was a tough competition”, said Jack, who competed against two NRCHA World Champions. “Her cow work was exceptional on both days, and she was really strong down the fence”.

This was not Jack and Wysi’s first win, back in October of 2006, Jack and Wysi placed first in the FRCHA Bridle Spectacular and together they have won many NRCHA events and ApHC World and National Championships in Reining, Working Cowhorse, Roping and Games.

Wysi Wyg (pronounced Wizzy Wig) stands for “What you see is what you get”; she was named so by her breeder Bill Cookshaw of Cee Arr Appaloosas in Canada when, upon seeing her as a foal for the first time remarked, “Well, what you see is what you get!”, as he looked down and saw a colorless all black filly with one white foot. Now the once colorless filly is loaded to the brim with color, says Justin. She is now a beautiful, loud blue roan mare with one white foot.

It does not come as much of a surprise to know that Wysi Wyg is descended from the legendary hall of fame stallion High Sign who also excelled in multiple events under Jack. Wysi was sired by Canadian Superhorse High Sign Nugget and is out of a double-bred Ima Doc O’Lena mare, Im Jessalena owned by Bill Cookshaw. The Bowles family (owners of Bowles Ranch), purchased Wysi Wyg in 2003 from Bill as a three year old. “After watching a video of the mare, we knew she would be a perfect match for Justin, she had such a great way of moving” said Erica. Shortly after purchasing Wysi, the Bowles went to Jack to train both Wysi and Justin. “Jack has always been such an inspiration to me, ever since I was a young boy and I first saw him at a show aboard High Sign” said Justin. Justin has shown High Jo Lena in the FRCHA starting in Green I and has worked his way up through the Green Program and is now showing down the fence in the Non Pro Bridle. In 2006, Justin and Wysi won the Non Pro Working Cow Horse at the ApHC National Show. This was Justin’s first time competing at the Nationals. “Jack’s training and instruction were instrumental to Justin and Wysi’s success.”, said Erica.

In 2004, the Bowles Family purchased High Paddy O’lena, Wysi’s younger brother. A 2001 Red Leopard Stallion, High Paddy O’lena is following in the “hoofprints” of his older sister. Wysi has set a high bar for Rebel to follow, but we have confidence in him. He is doing really well commented Erica. “Both horses are under the careful guidance of Jack. Jack is truly one of the greatest horsemen; it has been an honor to ride with him. If I had to describe Jack in three words, it would be humble, honest and driven. We are really proud of his many accomplishments and proud to be his students”.

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Appaloosas in Canadian Working Horse Spotlight

(note from Heather McLevin)

I thought I would let you know about some Appaloosas that have been doing well in reining, reined cow horse & cutting.

Bill Cookshaw’s horse, “Ima Docs High Sign” with Shawna Sapergia has won or been reserve in some bigger NRHA events (Reining Alberta Spring Classic & the Hungry Horse). They are leaving for the CRBC this week & I believe they also will be shown at the Canadian Supreme the end of this month.

“Absolutely High” and Jim Dobler were Reserve Champions in both the Caton Ranch Amateur & Non Pro Derbies (NRCHA). Geoff Hoar and “Nu Cash Sign” were the Reserve Champions in the Caton Ranch Limited Open Derby.

Several Appaloosas competed in the recent Goodyear Canada Canadian Snaffle Bit Futurity and Championships (high ranking reined cow horse futurity with over $62,000 in cash & prizes). Quite a few did very well. “Smart Little Leaguer” was the high score fence horse ($300) in the Open Snaffle Bit Futurity & finished 4th overall ($1840). “Ima Bootscootin Lena” was 3rd in the Limited Open Snaffle Bit Futurity ($1050). “Mighty High Sign” was 3rd in the Non Pro Limited class $150). “High’O’Lena” won ($270) & “Immortal Sign” was the Reserve Champion ($210) in the Youth Limited.

At the Canadian Super Stakes, “Test This Remedy” was the Champion in the Open Bridle Class (ARCHA). “Sign Of Hail” placed & won NCHA money at the Cutters Classic Open Futurity.

“High’O’Lena” also finished 4th in the Reining Alberta Spring Classic Limited Open class & Co-Reserve Champion in the Beginner Youth 13 & under.

At the Reining Alberta Summer Classic he was 3rd in the Limited Open. “Classic Image Too” tied for 7th in the Rookie Reining (55 horses).

Many of these horses will be shown at the Canadian Supreme at the end of the month. This is year 31 for the Supreme. The added purse is over $300,000 plus a payback from entries. Also the Wrangler Cutting Futurity is coming up.