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2001/12/18


Appaloosas Of The World Converge In Fort Worth Appaloosa competitors from around the world celebrated the 40th year of the World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX The nine-day affair from October 26 through November 3 showcased outstanding performances in over 140 classes featuring Cattle, Western, English, and Game events. Over 1,000 Appaloosa horses and 3,716 entrants in Open and Non-Pro classes contended for World Champion titles. The tenth and final Breeders' Cutting Futurity kicked off the first weekend of the show as six horses competed for a cut of the $15,100 purse, which began accumulating in 1997. TRIPLE K OLENA, ridden by Michael McFarland and owned by Karl Blaha of Ennis, TX, emerged as the World Champion and earned $1,900.80. The champion also received a Silver Mesa cutting saddle and a silver trophy buckle both sponsored by Sergeant's Western World, and an embroidered Pan-Am horse blanket, sponsored by Martin Adam Boon and A DOC O'LENA of Germany. TRIPLE K OLENA also earned $633.60 for the sire-IMA DOC O'LENA-owned by Jimmie Miller Smith of Geary, Ok, and $633.60 for the dam-OLE SQUAW LYON-owned by Karl Blaha. The World Championship Appaloosa Horse Sale, organized by Dale Segraves & Associates, proved to be a great success again. This year the sale arena was filled to capacity as 76% of the 124 consigned Appaloosas were sold. The top five selling horses averaged $8,700 while the top ten selling horses averaged $7,090. The highest selling horse in the Preferred Show Horse & Breeders' Sale as well as the highest selling horse overall went to ARIZONA JUSTICE for $10,800. This high seller was consigned by Paul Friend of Ariz. and sold to Kitty McGregor of Ok. The high selling yearling, consigned by Nancy Lilledahl, was INVITATION N ROSES, who sold for $10,000 to Jeff Adams of Ok. The 2001 Yearling Session featured 38 yearlings now eligible to compete at the 2002 World Championship Appaloosa Show for a special Sale Incentive Purse that currently exceeds $13,000. Complete sale results can be viewed at www.appaloosa.com or www.segraves-horses-auctions.com . This year served as the inaugural year for the Limited Halter Futurity, which proved to be a great success. This futurity was created by a group of Appaloosa halter horse enthusiasts in an effort to spark a renewed interest in the appaloosa halter industry. Donations, totaling $18,150, were sent to the Appaloosa Horse Club from many generous sponsors to be paid out to eligible futurity horses in open weanling and non-pro yearling halter classes. Not only were these donations received for the 2001 futurity but they were pledged for the 2002 futurity as well. Money donations were divided equally among the six futurity classes making the total purse for each class $2,873.75. Winners also received custom monogrammed blankets from BMB Tack, silver show halters from Dale Chavez Company, and limited edition bronze trophies from Karen Grimm. The World Champions in the Halter Futurity were as follows: Open Weanling Fillies-Heavenly Awesome, owned by Debi Hiatt of Moorhead, Minn.; Open Weanling Colts-Cool Cassanova, owned by Mitch Dillon of Mayodan, N.C.; Non-Pro Yearling Fillies-Ariel Dream, owned by Wilma Archer of Norwood, Ontario, Canada; Non-Pro Yearling Colts-Totally Connected, owned by Mark Stellato of North Fort Myer, Fla.; Open Weanling Geldings-Maids MVP, owned by Dal Porto Ranch of Brentwood, Calif.; Non-Pro Yearling Geldings-Heza Cool Cat, owned by Mitch Dillon of Mayodan, N.C. As always, Freestyle Reining was a huge success as spectators packed the arena for an evening of excitement. The U.S. Marine Corps accepted monetary donations and toys for the Toys for Tots program as spectators gathered. The kindness and compassion of all who entered the arena that night will brighten the holidays for children of the Fort Worth area. Ten entries competed for the $5,000 added money donated by Sergeant's Western World. Each entry had four minutes to complete their routine as they were judged on technical ability, artistic appeal, and audience reaction. Terry Thompson and IMA FROSTY LENA teamed up for the big win with their excellent performance to Mariah Carey's song, Hero and Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler. The pair won a silver belt buckle sponsored by Silver by Wanda in addition to the $2,500 in cash. Exhibitors and spectators not only enjoyed the exciting Appaloosa competition, but also had a large array of merchants to visit during the Shoppers' Delight Trade Show. Over 50 vendors exhibited western jewelry, tack, and fine art, which provided an excellent opportunity to get a jump-start on holiday shopping. The finest performances were honored during various award ceremonies throughout the show. One of these prestigious awards, "World's Best Appaloosa," was announced after the last class, signifying the end of the World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show and its spectacular competition. For the second year in a row, RECURRING DREAM, owned by Jeff Jirkovsky of Juniata, Neb., earned this title by competing in at least three categories of classes and earning points in two of those categories. Points for this award are accumulated in most ApHC approved classes. Once again, the winning duo received an aluminum horse trailer for one year's use, compliments of Featherlite Manufacturing, Inc., a Silver Mesa trophy saddle, compliments of Sergeant's Western World, and a check for $1,500 from the ApHC. Another prominent award received during the last day of the show is the World Show Leading Breeder award. This award is given to the breeder earning the most points from horses placing in the top ten at the 2001 World Championship Appaloosa Show. To be eligible, at least three of that breeder's horses must be exhibited. The award went to Karen Grimm of Minden, Nev. She received a custom designed glass trophy from the Appaloosa Horse Club and a sterling silver buckle donated by Unique Corral Ranch. Other special award winners are listed below: Open Special Awards Champion Cattle Horse was awarded to Last Day Lite, owned by Hyman Young, Jr. of Asheville, N.C., who received a $1,000 check courtesy of the ApHC; Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle sponsored by the ApHC. Reserve Champion Cattle Horse was awarded to Ima Docolena Dream, owned by Hyman Young, Jr. of Asheville, N.C., who received a Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle sponsored by Lew & Jo Eklund. Champion English Horse was awarded to Count Zip, owned by John R. Busby or Mended Hearts LLC of Pine Bluff, Ark., who received a $1,000 check courtesy of the ApHC; sterling silver champagne bucket compliments of Char-O-Lot Ranch. Reserve Champion English Horse was awarded to BR Royal Smith, owned by Lindsay Phillips of Oklahoma City, Ok., who received a Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle sponsored by Jay and Kathy Sternoff. Champion Games Horse was a tie this year and the two co-champions are Man Of The South owned by Stormy Oaks of Valencia, Pa., and Drifter-Ex-Change, owned by Ron Renner of Indianapolis, Ind. Each champion received a $500 check courtesy of the ApHC and a Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle sponsored by Lee F. Murphy Insurance and Sue Scobee. Champion Western Horse was awarded to Zips Strawsam MMR owned by Richard McDonald of Camp Verde, Ariz., who received $1,000 check courtesy of the ApHC; Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle sponsored by the Southern Arizona Appaloosa Promoters. Reserve Champion Western Horse was awarded to Blazing Hot Spots owned by Donna French of Amherst, Va. who received a Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle from the ApHC. Louis B. "Buddy" Sluder Memorial High Point Over Fence Horse was awarded to BR Royal Smith, owned by Lindsay Phillips of Oklahoma City, Ok. A perpetual trophy sponsored by the Southeast Appaloosa Cover Club & the Florida State Appaloosa Horse Association was awarded in memory of Buddy Sluder. Champion Two-Year-Old Mare was awarded to In Step With Andrew, owned by Susan Wilderman of New Bloomfield, MO. A perpetual trophy was awarded in memory of Linda Whitehouse. Non-Pro Special Awards All-Around Non-Pro was awarded to Lindsay Phillips and BR Royal Smith who received a Silver Mesa trophy saddle compliments of Sergeant's Western World; one year's use of an aluminum horse trailer compliments of Featherlite Manufacturing, a sterling silver belt buckle sponsored by Horse Illustrated/Fancy Publications and a check for $500 from the ApHC. High-Point Non-Pro was awarded to Jenifer Schembri of Myakka City, Fla., who received a Silver Mesa trophy saddle, compliments of Sergeant's Western World, a sterling silver belt buckle sponsored by Western Horseman, and a check for $250 from the ApHC. Reserve High-Point Non-Pro was awarded to Sherri Mell of San Antonio, TX who received a Montana Silversmiths custom sterling silver belt buckle compliments of MBNA Financial. High-Point Novice Non-Pro was awarded to Sue Casey of Rockford, Mich. Who received a custom-made sterling silver belt buckle compliments of Silver By Wanda and grooming supplies from Xtreme Design Products. Reserve High-Point Novice Non-Pro was awarded to Karen de Jesus of Savage, Minn., who received a custom-made sterling silver belt buckle compliments of Silver By Wanda and grooming supplies from Xtreme Design Products. High-Point 35 & Over Non-Pro was awarded to Darcy Ormsby Richeson of Conyers, Ga., who received a custom-made sterling silver belt buckle compliments of Silver By Wanda. Reserve High-Point 35 & Over Non-Pro was awarded to Evelyn Hanchett of Jackson, Mich., who received a custom-made sterling silver belt buckle compliments of Silver By Wanda. Non-Pro Cattle Horse was awarded to Recurring Dream owned by Jeff Jirkovsky of Kearney, Neb. who received a Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle compliments of Western Horseman. Non-Pro Games Horse was awarded to Classic Order ridden by Jeff Lankford of Princeton, Ind., who received a Montana Silversmiths custom-made sterling silver belt buckle compliments of Velvet Ridge Ranch and grooming supplies from Xtreme Design Products. Non-Pro English Rider was awarded to Lindsay Phillips of Oklahoma City, Ok. Lindsay received an English saddle package compliments of Texas Tack & Feed and a custom silver belt buckle sponsored by Julie French. Non-Pro Halter Exhibitor Award was presented to Karen Grimm of Minden, Nev. Karen received a Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle sponsored by Alan-Brooke Farm. Non-Pro Showmanship/Equitation Exhibitor Award was presented to Dameron Brundage of Cave Creek, Ariz. Dameron received a Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle sponsored by Dennis and Toni Dean. Non-Pro Western Exhibitor Award was presented to Randi Yocum of Fayetteville, TX Randi received a Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle sponsored by Haun Appaloosas. Non-Pro Sportsmanship Award was presented to Lisa Krueger of Watertown, Wisc. Lisa received a Montana Silversmiths custom silver belt buckle sponsored by Velvet Ridge Ranch. With deep appreciation, the Appaloosa Horse Club recognizes their Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsors on contributing to the success of the World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show: Montana Silversmiths, Segraves and Associates, Texas Tack & Feed, Sergeant's Western World, Featherlite Trailers, Five Star Ford, Holiday Inn North & South, Silver by Wanda, Delta Airlines, Twin Cities Featherlite, Charleston's, Larry Williams Photography, 99.5 The Wolf, Mustang Productions, Cingular Wireless, Care-A-Lot Inn, Arena Werks, Foal Flight, Velvet Ridge, Unique Corral Ranch, John Deere, BMB Tack, Black Horse Ranch, Dale Chavez Company, J & B Tack, RPA Biotech, Renee Morgenstern & Associates, Xtreme, and Hodges Badge Company. The Appaloosa Horse Club commends each participant on their superb finishes, hard work, and earning a place at the 40th World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show. Since 1938 the ApHC has served an association of members dedicated to preserving, promoting, and honoring the tradition, history, and heritage of the breed. For more information about the World Championship Appaloosa Horse Show, please contact the ApHC Show Department at 208-882-5578 ext. 400, or show@appaloosa.com, or visit www.appaloosa.com for on-line details.

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