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

Stallion Service Auction “Round Two” Underway

small web bannerThe open bidding period for this year’s edition of the ApHC Stallion Service Auction has ended. And, thanks to all of the stallion owners, bidders and buyers!!! If you missed out on the first round, we have some good news. Stallion services not sold during the open bidding process are now available for immediate purchase at one-half the advertised stud fee — on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit If you click to bid (“buy now”) and you’ve remembered to sign in, you’ll be the buyer! These stallions will be available for a limited time (until March 31st), so get your fingers warmed up.

Quick update – during the open bidding that ended December 31st, a total of 47 services were sold, generating approximately $41,000, 75% of which will be part of the prize money added to the pot for resulting foals that are eventually entered in World Show Two-Year-Old Incentive Classes. We’ll be posting a more complete news release to the website on Monday.

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

ApHC Hall of Fame inductees

The Appaloosa Horse Club is pleased to announce this year’s crop of inductees into the ApHC and Racing Hall of Fame.

Individual Hall of Fame:
• Royce Crosby
• Sylvia Haines

Horse Hall of Fame:
• Blazing Hot Spots, 1998 gelding
• I Love Willie, 1983 stallion
• Joker’s Sleepy, 1960 stallion
• Ms High Five, 1986 mare – automatic induction via production record
• Ms Gunsmokes Doll, 1995 mare – automatic induction via production record

Racing Hall of Fame (voted on by ERC):
• Cheryl White
• Nellies Girl, 1975 mare

2011 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the Open Awards banquet in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the 2012 National Show. They will also be recognized in the Appaloosa Journal and the 2011 Yearbook.

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!

Appaloosa Makes 4400 Mile Journey Across the USA

Note from: Bobbie McTimmons, Back Country Horsemen of Washington, Lewis Co. Chapter; ApHC member

Thought you might be interested in meeting “Wolf” (the Appy) who has walked (both packing and being ridden) from Quoddy Point State Park in Maine to Grayland, WA — a 4-year, 4400 mile trip, 20 miles a day! The trip was made in four laps, side-stepping bad weather each year to return home/beginning the next year, as weather allowed, at the point left off the previous year.

My attached photo (the 3 horses and 2 riders) appeared in the Chehalis, WA “Chronicle” on August 18, 2011. Wolf is the only horse of the three pictured who made the entire trip. The blurb which was published with the photo explains all.

Wolf left Maine June 16, 2007 and arrived at the Pacific Ocean on August 21, 2011. Luckily the two long riders did not experience any of Washington’s famous rain while crossing the state. The rain started the day after they completed their journey.

Wolf belongs to Deb Yavorski, who had a life-dream to ride across the USA. She started out with two horses. Her “non-Appy” Walker proved to be too traffic shy to be safe and she next she bought “Mercury”, her Arab. Deb York joined Yavorski in Montana for the final leg of the trip. She borrowed the QH, “Chiquatah”. The two horsewomen met years earlier at a stable where Yavorski worked and York boarded her horse. Both women are from New York. York rode to honor her mother who passed away in 2007 from leukemia. She says she wanted to do something “extraordinary” before she passed from life (and the trip definitely qualifies in that category).

Deb Yavorski is a member of the Long Riders Guild. She plans to write a book about the trip across the country. I came away from several visits with the two women with the idea that no matter what anyone may say, America is a wonderful place – both women told me that people have been “AMAZING”! Additionally, both women firmly believe that ‘God will provide’ and have many stories to illustrate their belief.

As of today, the women have rented a car and plan to see the Olympia coast beach. (Their horses are being boarded and are resting up while the two long riders see some country and visit). Yesterday plans were being made to have a horse hauler pick up the horses for transport back to New York. The QH was loaned to York and is going back to his pasture in Montana and will work on a pack-string. York plans to get hay in as soon as she gets home and get some painting done around the place. Just business as usual! She is thinking about riding the Pacific Crest Trail in two years. Deb York retired from a job as a cable line woman in 2007; Deb Yavorski will return to her two jobs — she works for an inventory company and subs for the post office. Deb Yavorski is 49; Deb York is 57.

Appaloosa star at KHP

Wow! Mr. Awesome Affair and Eric La Porte just finished 4th in the inaugural World Championship Freestyle reining competition at the Kentucky Horse Park. Standing room only and the only Appaloosa in the competition, Eric took his bridle off and they spun into the money at the landmark event. Way to Go Team Awesome! Click on the link for the replay and so much more!

$25,000 added money; held at the end of the Five Star Reining competition, CRI5* (Concours de Reining International), the sport’s highest level and held concurrently with the Rolex Three Day Event.
12 competitors including David O’Conner; Totally packed house!
He did the same routine he won App Worlds with – Desparado.

Favorite Trail Horse update

Received word from George Ehmer that he and P.S. No Joke (Joker) have qualified for the finals in the American Competitive Trail Horse Association competition to determine “America’s Favorite Trail Horse.” They’ll be heading to Austin, Texas, next week. George says to watch for them on RFD-TV and be sure to vote for them!

Way to go George…and Joker!

Regina Broughton – life’s journey on a horse

If you’re not a “Googler,” you might have missed this story about ApHC member Regina Broughton of Bristol, Tennessee. She’s profiled in a local news article (link below) with special mention of her Appaloosa X Thoroughbred Tango. The duo is earning a regional award from the North American Trail Riding Conference and we thought you’d like to know about another special person in the Appaloosa community.

Appaloosa star shines at National Western Stock Show

From ApHC Director Sandra Matthews:

At the Dodge Ram $15,000 Invitational Freestyle Reining at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on January 9, the Appaloosa horse was extremely well represented by Mr. Awesome Affair. Mr. Awesome Affair, owned by Highcrest Reiners of Dayton, MT and trained and shown by Eric La Porte of Rocky Mountain, NC, traveled 2,600 miles one way to participate. It most certainly paid off!

This event is always a crowd sell out and one of the more popular ones at the Stock Show. There were 14 participants in this invitation only event. Several were FEI medalists in international reining competitions and had also been at the World Equestrian Games as demonstrators and clinicians. Devin Warren on Bright Little Gun posted a score of 229½ mid-way through the competition. An awesome score to say the least and one most of the audience believed couldn’t be touched.

Mr. Awesome Affair and Eric were second to last to go. He performed the same routine as he did at the 2010 Appaloosa Worlds. The song was “Desperado” and Eric came in with a duster, black hat and scarf over his face. What made it even more dramatic this time was he had been out in the snow storm and walked in dripping snow! He started off with a bridle but soon removed it. Mr. Awesome Affair showed everyone that he could not only spin like a whirlwind but really get down in the dirt when he stopped. After it was all said and done, Eric and his horse scored a 229, blowing the socks off the competition and putting them in 2nd place. He definitely showed the Quarter Horses and Paints the Appaloosa would not be outdone!

The other part of this competition is the People’s Choice Award. This is determined by the audience reaction to each contestant. After the winners are announced each rider is brought forward to be judged by the crowd. Initially Eric tied with Aaron Ralston, who placed 3rd in the competition, and who did his routine bareback with a small bosal to a medley of Christmas music performed by Mannheim Steamroller. Eric was determined to be 2nd in this phase also.

After the competition, Eric and his horse had several people follow him out to the barns to ask questions and take pictures. It was a great day for the Appaloosa!

Horse & Rider features “Blue”

We were pleased to receive the February issue of Horse & Rider with one of our own featured as the horse “we’d love to own.” SHYS BLUE BOY, owned by Abby Bruno of Moreno Valley, California, is the star of this month’s “Your Horse, Your Life” page. The description of “Blue” and his accomplishments — so far –certainly embody the Appaloosa theme of versatility, disposition, willingness to please, etc. Congratulations Abby and Blue! The photo here is from their win at the 2010 World Show, where they earned the Nutrena Iron Horse award and were named World’s Best Appaloosa. Earlier in the year, at the Youth World, Abby and Blue won the High-Point Youth All-Around title as well.

Another Appaloosa TV star

This is from Stephanie Hutcherson, Appaloosa Horse Club member, with a registered Appaloosa gelding named Touche Roman. I wanted to let you know that he (“Romeo”) was in a side saddle scene on the TV series Vampire Diaries on November 11, 2010. Romeo was also on the Vampire Diaries website for the previews of the show for almost a week before the show, and currently he can be seen on the website on their past episodes video. The episode is called Katrina.

You can see some photos that I took while on the shoot on my club’s sidesaddle website , both on the blog and on the past events page.

Romeo and I have been partners for almost twelve years, and I have to say he has been the best horse I’ve had in the over twenty-five years I have owned horses. We (Romeo and I) have competed in hunter/jumper, combined training, and dressage shows… in astride saddles and in sidesaddle. We have participated in the ACAAP program for many years, receiving Top Ten in Combined Training and Certificate of Achievements in combined training, over fences and dressage. We have also received many awards at the national and international levels in sidesaddle riding.

For pleasure we enjoy driving, trail rides, hunter paces and parades. We have competed in many parades in Georgia and Kentucky. Our most memorable parade was in a sidesaddle in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. We also participate in sidesaddle demos throughout Georgia and also at the Kentucky Horse Park once a year. Romeo and I have also volunteered our time with Special Olympics riders and horse shows.

Back to the Vampire Diaries. I was contacted by the film production company who found me through our web site, and who were initially looking for a “side saddle consultant.” This role grew over the next few days as we got closer to the shoot date, to the point where they invited Romeo in for a role with a stunt double for the actress. When I was asked to include Romeo, I knew right away that my Appaloosa could handle it. It was an 18-hour day with the scene being shot at night. There were bright lights, ladders, fog machines, and people coming and going out of the dark woods with video equipment. Romeo did not spook once. He had to canter past “dead bodies” (actors, or course!), a stuffed wolf, and an overturned wagon. He also did many takes where he had to stand completely still as the actress ran away from him. Throughout it all, he delivered a perfect performance, and was quite popular with the cast and film crew.

He was and is the perfect “spokes-horse” for the Appaloosa breed: smart, calm, gentle, and versatile. And I’m so blessed to have him!

Stephanie Hutcherson

Board of Directors

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!

You might think this is crazy

We received this note from Mary Bengel in Oregon. The details are pretty amazing.

Dear Appaloosa Horse Club,

Please check out our friend and horse trainer’s Facebook page and blog. Plus you can hear her being interviewed on The Horse Radio Network’s Stable Scoop show (episodes 94-107). Kathleen Dodd left Oregon mid-May to ride her two Appy’s across the USA to the East Coast….alone with no support or follow vehicle. She is currently in Nebraska. Her Appy’s are mother and daughter. Mystic, the mama, is Kathleen’s jumper champion. And Delightful, the daughter, is as pretty as she can be at only 4 years old. These mares have seen a lot over the last 4 states. They are now snake proof, wild horse proof, firework proof, semi-truck proof, jack rabbit proof, and train proof.

Kathleen and the mares are traveling on little to no money. Care packages are being sent as well as cash. We are looking for sponsorship to help cover the cost of hay, horseshoes, and the cell phone bill that is used for safety and to monitor and navigate their trip. I have added your facebook page to Kathleen’s Wild Ride as one of “our favorites” Please check it out at: Kathleen’s Wild Ride [On facebook] The Horse Radio Network’s Stable Scoop Show [episode 94-107] They also have a facebook page. And Kathleen blogs when she can:

The Passing of Cim-Bad

It is with my most sincere regret to inform the Appaloosa Horse Club of the passing of Cim-Bad. He was the World’s Best Appalossa in 1985, carried 5 riders to National and World Championship, and capped off his career by winning the 12 and under Youth Western Pleasure at age 23 with his final owner Cara Sparks. The Equine Chronicle has him on the front page of their digital magazine right now with a full-story. I am hoping that the Appaloosa Horse Club will honor one of their own with the same recongnition. It is the passing of a true champion and legend.

Thank you, Donna Miller
Franklin NJ

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