AUGUST 1998 BACK ISSUE
Part of Horse Previews Magazine website. Posted on 7/30/98; 2:00:00PM.
WISHING STAR GALLOP - Sixteenth Annual Year
Making "Special" Childrens' Dreams A Reality
Submitted by Barbara Turner - Gallop Coordinator
With quite impressive show records, this year's Gallop has 40 stallions participating from Washington, Montana, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Oregon, Minnesota, Idaho, and Arizona. Stallion breeding fees range from $500 to $5,000 a service. This year's event has a total of 10 National Champions (one which holds five National titles, another that holds four), 9 Reserve National Champions (one which holds seven alone), 16 World Champions (four who are two-time World Champions - one who is a five-time World Champion), 4 Reserve World Champions (one who is a three-time Reserve World Champion), 11 Canadian National Champions, 5 Reserve Canadian National Champions; 5 Scottsdale Champions, 2 Reserve Scottsdale Champions, 11 Regional Champions (one which holds 57 Regional and 324 achievements awards alone), 3 APHA Champions, 1 APHA Versatility Award Winner, 1 - #2 Lifetime APHA Performance Earning Stallion, 11 on the "Top Ten Leading Sires List" of their breed registry, 6 AQHA Congress Winners, 1 Reserve AQHA Congress Winner, 1 NRHA Champion, 1 Reserve NRCHA Champion, 1 NRHA Derby Champion, 1 NCHA Derby Champion, 2 NCHA Futurity Champions, 1 NCHA Horse of the Year, 1 NCHA Certificate of Ability, 1 NCHA Bronze Award, 1 NCHA Silver Award, 16 Superior Stallions (one which holds 11 Superiors himself), and 22 World Qualifying Stallions (several being multiple qualifiers themselves).
Over sixty percent of our stallions in the line-up will be previewed under the spotlights. The balance will be viewed on ten foot screens. Be sure to visit with these stallions and their owners who will be around the grounds and at their stalls. This is a time when you can do some homework on the mare care facilities, costs, and breeding procedures of stallions and ranches that are on your list. It also gives you an opportunity to take a good look at these stallions close up. If you're looking at transported semen, be sure to contact those stallion owners prior to the event and find out what your transport costs are going to run. Check on what their "live foal" guarantee consists of. Our commercial trade show opens to the public at 1:00pm and runs throughout the event. In this issue of "Horse Previews," check out the Trade Show layout for additional information on what and who will be there - then stop by the booths, shop, and visit with several horse related exhibitors.
For all you sports enthusiasts, back by popular demand will be "Curt Marsh," a seven year starter at offensive guard for the Los Angeles Raiders and member of the 1983 Super Bowl Championship team. Tom Flores, former Raider quarterback, who coached the team from 1979 to 1987 and is now coach of the Seattle Seahawks said, "By the end of Curt's college career, he stood 6'5", weighed 285 pounds and had a 52-inch chest. He was on every NFL team's wish list. He was the guy we wanted. We liked Curt's size and thickness. Everything about him. We wanted him first and (future Hall of Fame defensive end) Howie Long second. That says a lot." Curt was involved in one of Wishing Star's first "wishes", a young man who wanted to meet one of the L.A. Raiders who had just won the Super Bowl that year. Before we could even finish making the arrangements, Curt was on a plane to come visit with Michael.
You'll all have a chance to meet Curt, as he looks forward to returning to the Gallop stage to commentate with Gallop Coordinator Barbara Turner, and KRDK's Disc Jockey - Jim Diamond! Don't hesitate to stop Curt, say hello, and get an autograph.
Be prepared to bring the camera as Darik Anderson returns to our Gallop event performing the Opening Ceremony with his Arabian stallion, "Bey Shahboom." It's been two years since his last appearance - back again by popular demand. Watch this beautiful black stallion impress hundreds of people attending this year's event with his freestyle liberty performance.
Bey Shahboom, a "Bey Shah+" son, is a halter horse supreme, accumulating numerous championships in "Halter" and "Most Classic" at some of the most prestigious shows in the Northwest. When this black stallion flies into the arena with nothing but Darik Anderson's voice to guide him, you are being introduced to the most outstanding freestyle liberty performances in the United States. The devotion expected from the Arabian horse fills the arena as "Shahboom" responds to Darik's call. He has captured the hearts of breeders and spectators across the country. His ability to relax and trust people is an attitude which has rivaled that of many humans. Possessed by superb skills, "Bey Shahboom's" trainer and handler Darik Anderson, is an accomplished horseman in several disciplines. Darik has been working for some time with the concept of communicating with horses through their own language, as wild horses would with each other in a natural herd. Like the movie, "Horse Whisperer," some people have accused Darik of using mental telepathy because he communicates so well with animals, but he says it isn't so. You be the judge!
Stop by and visit with Bey Shahboom, and ask Darik to autograph your Gallop Program. The Opening Ceremony will take place after the preview parade of our stallions. We guarantee you, it's something you will not want to miss!
Once again, 1998 brings together the "Children" and the "Horse Industry" in a beautiful executed production number. This presentation will be performed after Darik Anderson's Opening Ceremony, right before the auction begins. The stage will be filled with special effects and area talent, and you will have a chance to meet some of our very special children. Actress/Singer April Vogel will return to the stage to sing this number and a performance with our very special "Ambassador of Good Will" for Gallop 1998. Nothing should be missed at this event, but these production numbers are a definite "must" to see!
In Patrick & Lisa Swayze's compassion for the wishes of children with life threatening illnesses, once again - Patrick has autographed an art gallery-framed poster of he and his stallion "Tammen," to be auctioned off the night of the event! You need not be present to bid on this collector's piece or any of the stallion services. This opportunity will be a rare one for Patrick Swayze fans all around the world, and at the same time raise money for children with uncertain tomorrows. As with all of our donors, Wishing Star is indebted to Patrick and Lisa Swayze in their desire to help us for the fifth year.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to breed to some of the world's finest! Mail or phone-in bids will be accepted through the actual night of the sale. Our phone number at the Fairgrounds office the day of the event - August 15th - is (509) 534-1432.
If you missed out on the opportunity to buy a Big "D" collector's blanket last year, now's the time to start saving. Honored that Big "D" has chosen to support our foundation and Gallop, "Limited Edition Blankets" will once again be auctioned off at the event. Nowhere in the United States will there be this offer by Big "D." We here in the Northwest and those around the United States that own one from previous years are very fortunate. They have become sought after collector items. Being non-stocked blankets, these collector items will be the ninth set of blankets hoped to be offered each year. A top of the line design by artist Tod Locke, quality above the "All American," these limited edition blankets will be made with custom work and design never seen before. The Gallop logos will be in four colors, and the bottom left hand corner will read, "Limited Edition Collector's Blanket," donated by Big "D" Blankets - One of three - 1998." Careful detail has gone into each blanket.
Each year artist Tod Locke and Glenn Drake of Big "D" Blankets create something that's so unique, in their desire to grant wishes for our children. The retail value of these blankets is $700. Take a look at the event and see for yourself - these have got to be one the most "creative" blankets ever to be offered!
We also have several "non-stallion" auction items that we are very excited to offer. Southwest Airlines has donated two round trip tickets - to anywhere in the U.S. that they travel! These tickets will be good for travel through 1999. No black out dates! Thinking about going to the APHA, ApHC, AQHA World Show, Arabian US. Nationals, Scottsdale, or maybe a non-horsy event like Disneyworld in Florida? Here's your opportunity! Or do you need another pen for that extra horse, or maybe just additions to what you already own? Wings Fencing will (once again) be donating their 12x12, 5x5 bar corral and paneled pen with a Super Bow gate! Are you looking for brand name working products for training? Then the "Trainers Package" that Al Randall has been putting together for years now is the package for you. Super Sweats, Pros Choice, Ortho-Flex, Vita Flex, and Lexington Safety Products have all been past sponsors of this package, offering you the most noted and popular products they have to offer! Or if you're trying to finish off that barn, or update what you have, Iron Horse Construction (Gary Johnson), offers once again his custom made, finest iron framed, centered tongue-and-groove lumber stall door! Are you into Beanie Babies? We've got a collectable "Princess Diana" purple bear that was donated by the Turner Family in memory of Tiffani Turner. Wishing Star is indebted to all of the above donors (along with our sponsors and stallion donors) for their dedication to help make wishes come true!!
Every year we are approached by people who want to support our cause and the Wishing Star Gallop. Wishing Star has been blessed by "R.V. Bob Baker" of Spokane, Washington. He asked if we would be interested in auctioning an antique horse drawn vehicle. All proceeds go to the "wishes" of our children! What an opportunity for you driving enthusiasts or collectors of these rare antiques. Totally restored, we will have this vehicle on display at the Gallop event. God Bless You Mr. Baker for your most generous gift to Wishing Star - making dreams come true for Wishing Star Children.
Wishing Star is pleased to introduce - through "Horse Previews" - our Wishing Star Gallop Ambassador of Good Will for 1998, Crystal Heden. Crystal is looking forward to seeing all of you at this years event. She is a four-year-old who is battling Leukemia. Crystal's wish to go to Disneyworld will be coming true this fall, as she and her family board a plan for Florida. Be sure to give her a warm round of applause, as she debuts in a production number which limelights this very special young lady!
Last but not least, it is with love and regret that we dedicate this year's Wishing Star Gallop to "Miss Wishing Star Gallop" herself - Tiffani Turner. If any of you attended the Gallop event in the past seven years, you would remember the sparkling face of this beautiful girl who was confined in later years to a wheelchair. Everyone was touched by her yearly appearances. I met Tiffani shortly after her wish was completed in August of 1988. We sent her to New York to see a Whitney Houston concert. Back then she lived, ate and drank her idol - Whitney Houston. Wishing Star chose her to be our Wishing Star Gallop "Ambassador Of Good Will" in 1990. She told us it was one of the coolest things she had ever done. She even had a solo spot where she sang with her mother and her friend accompanying on the guitar. Her song was written just for Wishing Star! Every year after that she returned to the stage at the annual Gallop event. She loved to perform and sing and looked forward to the event year round. One year she did a skit with performer Darik Anderson, Arabian mare "Yada," and another Wishing Star child (and friend), Katie Bentley. Although ventilator dependent, she wanted to perform with Darik riding on top of his gray mare. Along with Mom, Janell - we timed and choreographed everything to allow her to do this. She told us that having the opportunity to ride a horse and perform with Darik at the Gallop event was like having another wish come true! How could the audience have ever known that they were watching yet another wish come true!
This was a child that lived life to its fullest. She was an accomplished public speaker, swimmer, singer, performer and entrepreneur. May 1, 1998 will forever be known as the day Miss Tiffani Turner, age 13, chose to leave this earthly realm as she completes her personal journey. Knowing her enriched my life, and gave me new meaning to the words - strength, perseverance, life, love, and Wishing Star. Her mom, Janell, unknowingly taught me about tragedy and adversity as an element of daily life - she will forever be my hero! With all of Tiffani's misfortune, Janell encouraged and allowed her daughter to spread her wings and fly in life! Though we question God as to "why?", without her adversities we may not have listened, learned, and carried out the things she taught us. My life has been forever changed by the paths which connected us together. And "T," you'll always be at my side on the Gallop stage sharing a microphone - helping to make sure we raise lots of money for other Wishing Star children. Gallop and your spirit will forever be linked in your void. Thank you for coming into my life and being a friend. We dedicate this year's Gallop in your memory!
Wishing Star thanks HORSE PREVIEWS MAGAZINE for graciously letting us better educate the public on our auction and its foundation. Calls have come in from everywhere. We are indebted to Editor, Helen Boyd, for the opportunity she has provided. When at Gallop, stop by the "Horse Previews" booth in the Trade Show and visit with Helen and the rest of the staff!
I hope to see you all at the "Gallop Stallion Service Auction" on Saturday, August 15th to help support these children in a "Fun" raising event. See you all there!
For more information about Gallop or the Wishing Star Foundation, please call Barbara Turner at 509-466-8719 or write to: Wishing Star Foundation, c/o Barbara Turner, W. 915 2nd Ave., Suite #3 - Spokane, WA 99201.