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2002/01/11

Fort WorthWorth It For EVERY COWGIRL'S DREAM... by Tom Burriss The Appaloosa World Championships in Fort Worth proved to be a worthwhile venture for two year old gelding EVERY COWGIRL'S DREAM. Owned and trained by Cheryl and Curt Ogle of Moscow, TN, he is the 2001 halter class world champion. "From the day he was born you could tell he was a special horse," says Curt. "He is the kind of horse who commands attention." That certainly was the case as he commanded his way past nine others in his class this past November. His champion quality is "a presence you have to be born with," comments Cheryl. "He has a lot of personality," adds Curt, "he is smart he lets you know what he wants." The birthing of a world champion was no accident for the Ogles. Affectionately called "BOOMER," he is the culmination of four accomplished generations owned by the Ogles and the diligent research for the right sire. Grandmother, JAMIE CAAN, was the halter class Reserve World Champion in 1985 and a performance World Champion in 1987. His mother CALLIE was Reserve World Champion in 2000 and has a superior rating. She is a beautiful but nearly solid dark chocolate mare and "lacks a little something in size," says Curt. They set out to find a sire that would compensate the little which she lacked. After a thorough search, MAID'S DREAM, out of the illustrious DREAM FINDER, was settled on to hopefully add the color and size they desired. BOOMER's career did not start on a fast track. As the Ogles intently watched his foaling, they were surprised at the lack of color as his head and shoulders emerged. Their concerns were quickly alleviated as his hind quarters came with the color they had hoped would evolve from MAID'S DREAM. With one concern averted, another would arise. BOOMER was three weeks premature and "was a small runt," says Curt. BOOMER'sgrowth was carefully monitored. Soon enough he began to add the size and weight they were expecting. His growth was so substantial that he earned a third place at the 2000 national competition as a weanling. Under Cheryl's tutelage, his gains continued as he came two years old. Cheryl's experience with horses began with an aunt's introduction. Her family only had five acres, so her enthusiasm was contented mostly by rental ponies and riding with her aunt. Her "sickness catching" yielded a short lived episode by her family to buy horses. Cheryl's first horse was an unregistered Bay mare: $150, including saddle and bridle. Not long after, she showed for the first time with a borrowed horse and earned second place. It was enough to solidify in her what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. By age 15, she was training for hire at $5 an hour. She continued to do so through college in order to pay her way. "I did the training out of necessity my family was not rich." It was not until a technicality that she became involved with Appaloosas. "We had a really nice quarter horse mare that gave good babies, but she was not registered." They would not be able to use the progeny for registered shows unless they bred her with an Appaloosa sire. Through much persistence and tenacity, this cowgirl's dream was beginning to unfold into reality. In the summer of 2001, EVERY COWGIRL'S DREAM won a Reserve National title and an invitation to the World Championships. With that under their belts, they set out to prepare him for the World Championships. The big difference in Cheryl's eyes was the need for more muscle tone. "We really wanted to pop his muscles," she explained. The program for the Ogles is one of self described trial and error which has come with over forty years of training experiences. Careful adjustments to feed rations and, more importantly, workouts is the key. "You just can't make quick changes with feed. You have to make small changes and observe closely over time." His workout regiment was not necessarily changed as it was made longer and harder, and Cheryl was present at the walker every pace of the way. The desired muscle tone and hardness was being achieved. Finally time for worlds in November, EVERY COWGIRL'S DREAM was ready. True to his nature, he arrived with his "A game." "He possessed a real look at me' appearance," says Curt, and commanded the attention he craved in both personality and posture. Not one to be shown up, he captured the 2001 World Championship title. What, in the Ogle's opinion, has been trial and error, has become trial and success. Their efforts have gained two other world champions and four reserve world champions of their own, all proudly displayed in their home, as well as 2 other world champions and a reserve trained for others. Next for EVERY COWGIRL'S DREAM is the upcoming Dixie National Western Festival to help him lock in his superior rating. In the meantime you will find this soft spoken, yet joyful couple, back to business as usual training and maintaining the 15 horses at their facility. The knowledge that hard work and persistence yield dreams is evident; and no doubt that more will come.

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