DECEMBER 1999 BACK ISSUE

Part of Horse Previews Magazine website. Posted on 12/03/99; 2:00:00PM.


Lots of Color and Talent was Showcased in Fort Worth!

MOSCOW, Id.- The 38th World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show was held in Fort Worth, Texas October 28 - November 6, 1999. With approximately 1,000 Appaloosa horses entered and over 3,400 entries in the Open and Non-Pro classes, the 1999 World Show was a huge success!

BACKGROUND:

The best of the best in the Appaloosa world converged in Texas for nine days as they showcased their talents in the Open division and in the Non-Pro division. While those in the Open Division must qualify to compete in the World Show, those in the Non-Pro division do not. Including ApHC specialty classes, there were over 140 classes featuring Western, English, Cattle, and Game events.

The first weekend was host to the eighth annual Appaloosa Breeders' Cutting Futurity. Seven horses competed for a position in the finals and a share of the $16,750 purse. At the end of the weekend, LITTLE EAGER shown by Barry Alexander and owned by Robert Bjorkman of Granbury, Tex., came out on top with a score of 214. The 1999 ApHC's Breeders' Cutting Futurity World Champion received a Silver Mesa cutting saddle, a silver trophy buckle co-sponsored by Sergeant's Western World and the ApHC, a monogrammed horse blanket donated by Martin Adam Boon & A Doc O'lena, and $3,216 in cash. The owners of the sire, IMA DOC O'LENA, and dam, SUESCRIPTION, will each receive $1,072 as well. The 100% payback makes the Appaloosa Breeders' Cutting Futurity a lucrative program for those enrolled-60% of the purse goes to the top finalists with 20% of the purse going to the dam and stallion owners.

The Lloyd Donley Memorial award is a special award given each year to the horse and rider with the highest combined elimination and finals score in either the Junior, Senior, or Non-Pro Cutting. Lloyd Donley was a life long Appaloosa enthusiast whose tremendous love for the Appaloosa breed is remembered and honored each year by the presentation of this award. With a combined score of 437.5, IMA ZIPPO O'LENA ridden by Dan Popeck of McKinney, Tex., and owned by David Celella of Terrell, Tex. became the recipient of this prestigious award.

Team Penning, one of the larger attended classes, had 27 entries. This year's World Champion was also the Non-Pro Team Penning World Champion-the team of Randall Willoby of Pekin, IL with his horse BILLY RISK; Paul Willoby of Tremont, IL with his horse ETTA O'LENA, and Stephan Willoby of Greenvalley, IL with his horse HOLIDAY STREAKER took home the titles! In addition to the honor of being named 1999 World Champions, they took home $3,000, sponsored by J&B Tack & Western Wear.

The annual World Championship Appaloosa Horse Sale packed the sale arena as 102 Appaloosas went through the Sale, with 80% being sold. Organized by Dale Segraves & Associates, Segraves commented, "I thought overall it was an outstanding sale. There was a big crowd, which represented the Appaloosa industry well." In addition to the Preferred Show Horse & Breeders' Sale, the World Sale premiered the Preferred Pleasure-Bred Yearling Sale. This year's inaugural yearling session boasted 50 head. The yearlings sold at the Sale are eligible to compete at the 2000 World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show in Two Year-Old Hunter Under Saddle or the Two Year-Old Western Pleasure classes for a sale incentive purse of $19,057.50. Highest selling horse in the Preferred Show Horse & Breeders' Sale was ELUSIVE ROCKET FINDER, a three year-old white stallion. Formally owned by Paul Cross of Pekin, Ill., ELUSIVE ROCKET FINDER's new home is now in Italy with owner, Maurizio Danieli-who paid $23,500. The high selling yearling, which also was the second highest selling horse overall, was AN AWESOME TWIST. This chestnut mare was owned by Beverley Sheremeto of Raeboro, Ontario Canada and was sold for $16,200 to Tom and Amy Grabe of Ocala, Fla. Statistics: The top five selling horses averaged $14,660; the top ten selling horses averaged $10,950; the top 20 selling horses averaged $8,068; the top 50 selling horses averaged $5,129; and the top ten yearlings averaged $5,255.

In addition to the many horses being auctioned, the newest Appaloosa Orren Mixer lithograph remarque number one was sold for $600 to Janet Carlson of Belgrade, Mont. A portion of the money made from this lithograph will go into the Appaloosa Youth Foundation Scholarship Fund.

The evening of the Freestyle Reining performance is probably the biggest highlight for most exhibitors and spectators attending the World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show. The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard were on hand to present the colors and to accept donations for the Toys for Tots program. There were numerous toys as well as several monetary donations given at the door which will be distributed to less fortunate children of the Fort Worth area to brighten their holidays. People's generosity and excitement was contagious as the stands filled to capacity prior to this popular class.

There were over 14 Freestyle Reining entries-one of the largest in Appaloosa history-competing for the $5,000 added money courtesy of Sergeant's Western World. Each entry had four minutes to impress the judges with their technical ability and artistic appeal. They are also judged on how well the audience reacts to their performance. Disguised as Shania Twain, Terry Berg of Santa Fe, N.M. rode MS HOLLYWOOD JACK, a seven year-old mare owned by Helen Newton of Santa Fe, N.M. to the Championship title with a score of 284 1/2! Both in fish net stockings, the pair excited a full house with a perfectly choreographed performance to Shania Twain's hit song, "I Feel Like a Woman." Terry won a silver belt buckle sponsored by Silver By Wanda, a $200 gift certificate sponsored by Lady Reiner Cowgirl, and $2,500 sponsored by Sergeant's Western World. Highest placing Non-Pro was the team of Nancy Chandler of Krum, Tex. and LUCK N DREAMS. Nancy earned $1,000 which was sponsored by Twin Cities Featherlite.

In addition to the excitement taking place in the arenas, the World Show boasted over 50 trade show vendors. Exhibitors and spectators had a wide variety of shopping opportunities offered to them by: Sergeant's Western World, Gold Creations, J&B Tack & Western Wear, Silver by Wanda, West Wind Designs, Featherlite Trailers, Texas Motors Ford, Western Hauler, and Tioga Territory to name a few.

Awards ceremonies honoring the best performances took place throughout the nine days of competition as well as after the final class on November 6. DYNAMITE DAY, sired by DAY LITE and out of MISS VELVET HAMMER, earned "World's Best Appaloosa" for the sixth time in his lifetime. The horses competing for this title must compete in at least three categories of classes and earn points in two of those categories to be eligible. Points for this award are accumulated in most ApHC approved classes. Hyman Young, Jr., owner of DYNAMITE DAY, received an aluminum horse trailer for one year's use compliments of Featherlite Manufacturing, a Silver Mesa trophy saddle compliments of Sergeant's Western World, the official saddle of the ApHC, and a check for $1,500 from the ApHC.

Another coveted award, World Show Leading Breeder, is given to the breeder with the most halter horses placing in the top ten at the 1999 World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show. To be eligible, the breeder must exhibit at least three horses. The recipient of this prestigious award went to Karen Grimm of Minden, NV. Karen received a deluxe set of show curtains sponsored by Champ U.S.A.

Additional special winners & awards are listed below:

Open Special Awards

Champion Cattle Horse: RECURRING DREAM owned by Karen Grimm of Minden, NV. $1,000 check courtesy of the ApHC; Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Hugh and Toni Williams.

Reserve Champion Cattle Horse: DYNAMITE DAY owned by Hyman Young, Jr. of Asheville, N.C. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Lew and Jo Eklund.

Champion Western Horse: CLOUDS PAPER DOLL owned by Samuel and Randi Yocum of Fayetteville, Tex. $1,000 check courtesy of the ApHC; Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Rick and Diane Rushing.

Reserve Champion Western Horse: D.Z.'S STAR owned by Elise Lacher of St. Petersburg, Fla. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Lynn & Larry Baber.

Champion English Horse: COUNT ZIP owned by Peter Sloane of Ft. Worth, Tex. $1,000 check courtesy of the ApHC; Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Char-O-Lot Ranch.

Reserve Champion English Horse: TOP DANCER owned by Nikki Winfield of Plantation, Fla. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Roger Lawrence & Associates.

Champion Games Horse: IMPRESS ME JILL owned by Lindsey Shann Gerber of Bethalto, Ill. $1,000 check courtesy of the ApHC; Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Lee F. Murphy Insurance.

Reserve Champion Games Horse: DYNAMITE DAY owned by Hyman Young, Jr. of Asheville, N.C. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Sue Scobee.

Louis B. "Buddy" Sluder Memorial High Point Over Fence Horse: TOP DANCER owned by Nikki Winfield of Plantation, Fla. A perpetual trophy sponsored by the Southeast Appaloosa Cover Club & the Florida State Appaloosa Horse Association in memory of Buddy Sludder.

Champion Two Year-Old Mare: BLACK AS NIGHT owned by Karen Grimm of Minden, NV. A perpetual trophy in memory of Linda Whitehouse.

Most Colorful at Halter: WHATDREAMSAREMADEOF owned by Floyd Conroy of Scottsdale, Ariz. Award sponsored by Sky Appaloosas.

Non-Pro Special Awards

All-Around Non-Pro: Krista DeMuth-Girrbach of Tipton, Mich., with ZIPS EZ QUESTION. Silver Mesa trophy saddle compliments of Sergeant's Western World; 1 year's use of a Featherlite horse trailer compliments of Featherlite Manufacturing; Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Horse Illustrated magazine; $500 check courtesy of the ApHC.

High Point Non-Pro: Krista DeMuth-Girrbach of Tipton, Mich. Silver Mesa trophy saddle compliments of Sergeant's Western World; Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Western Horseman magazine; $250 check courtesy of the ApHC.

Reserve High Point Non-Pro: Wayne Beck of Lodi, Calif. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Marty & Kay Hahn.

High Point 35 & Over Non-Pro: Shari Kester-Voeltz of Jefferson, Wis. Custom made sterling silver belt buckle made and sponsored by Silver By Wanda.

Reserve High Point 35 & Over Non-Pro: Lisa Krueger of Watertown, Wis. Custom made sterling silver belt buckle made and sponsored by Silver By Wanda.

High Point Novice Non-Pro: Darcy Ormsby of Naples, N.C. Custom made sterling silver belt buckle made and sponsored by Silver By Wanda.

Reserve High Point Novice Non-Pro: Sandra Lunden of Burlington, N.J. Custom made silver belt buckle made and sponsored by Silver By Wanda.

Non-Pro Sportsmanship Award: Dr. David Hill of Southwest City, Mo. Custom made Montana Silversmiths silver belt buckle sponsored by Velvet Ridge Ranch..

Non-Pro Champion Games Horse: BOLD-N-BETTER owned by Krista DeMuth-Girrbach of Tipton, Mich. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Velvet Ridge Ranch in memory of GEORGIA SOTHERN, formerly owned by Chip Young.

Non-Pro Champion Cattle Horse: COWBOY ON DECK owned by James May of Kenedy, Tex. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Dale and Peggy Martin.

Non-Pro Halter Exhibitor: Wayne Beck of Lodi, Calif. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Bert Huntington.

Non-Pro Western Rider: Randi Yocum of Fayetteville, Tex. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle.

Non-Pro Showmanship/Equitation Exhibitor: Krista DeMuth-Girrbach of Tipton, Mich. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Alan-Brooke Farms.

Non-Pro English Rider: Krista DeMuth-Girrbach of Tipton, Mich. Montana Silversmiths custom made silver belt buckle sponsored by Joseph V. Cavallo & Associates.

The World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show was an indisputable success thanks to our special Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Winners' Circle sponsors. Gold Sponsors: Sergeant's Western World, Stubben U.S.A., Featherlite Trailers, Segraves and Associates, Green Oaks Hotel, Texas Motors Ford, and Montana Silversmiths. Silver Sponsors: J&B Tack and Western Wear, Silver by Wanda, Video Horse World, Larry Williams Photography, 99.5 the Wolf, Care-A-Lot Inn, Southwestern Bell Wireless, Wagon Wheel Western Wear, Holiday Inn South, Barnmaster, Champ U.S.A., Twin Cities Featherlite, Western Hauler, and Triple H Farm.

Bronze Sponsors: Charleston's Restaurant, Arena Werks, John Deere, Texas Tack and Feed, Foal Flight, Velvet Ridge Greenhouses, Inc., Unique Corral Ranch, and Delta Airlines. Winners' Circle Sponsors: Alan Brooke Farms, Bert Huntington, Char-O-Lot Ranch, Dale & Peggy Martin, Horse Illustrated/Fancy Publications, Hugh & Toni Williams, Joseph V. Cavallo & Associates, Lee F. Murphy Insurance, Lew & Jo Eklund, Pro-Line Western, Rick & Diane Rushing, Rocking Horse Appaloosas, Roger Lawrence & Associates, Sky Appaloosas, Sue Scobee, and Western Horseman.

The ApHC congratulates all of the exhibitors who worked so very hard this entire year to earn a place at the 38th World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show! For more information about the World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show or the ApHC services, please contact the ApHC at 2720 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow, ID, 83843; (208) 882-5578; FAX (208) 882-8150; e-mail: aphc@appaloosa.com; or www.appaloosa.com.

If you would like specific win photos, please contact: Larry Williams Photography at (800) 297-6135.


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