Appaloosa World Show Featured Talent, Excitement and Fun for All
Exhibitors, owners, trainers, equine enthusiasts and nearly 700 of the world’s most colorful and talented Appaloosas gathered at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX, October 23-October 31 for the most prestigious event in the Appaloosa industry- the 2015 World Championship Appaloosa Show.
The annual 9-day international event showcased the world’s most talented Appaloosas and exhibitors, all of whom competed for amazing prizes and prestigious titles in over 170 classes including cattle, western, English, jumping, games, reining and halter. Some of the industry’s most exciting competitions are uniquely Appaloosa events such as the Rope Race and the horse-against-horse Nez Perce Stake Race. Ranch Horse Pleasure and Ranch Horse Trail were offered for the very first time at this year’s World Show and proved to be a remarkable success.
In addition to exciting classes, some of the most coveted honors in the Appaloosa industry were awarded, including World’s Best Appaloosa, Champion Cattle Horse, Champion Western Horse, Champion English Horse, Champion Games Horse, World Show Leading Breeder and numerous high-point awards (award listings are at the end of this press release).
On Friday, October 30th the ApHC proudly hosted the annual Toys for Tots Benefit during the evening performance. The ApHC raised nearly $3,000 in cash and collected over 60 new toys for the children of Fort Worth, Texas! The annual Think Pink Calcutta was held alongside the Toys for Tots benefit raising nearly $6,500 in donations for the American Cancer Society.
The spirit of giving was in the air at this year’s show. Rebecca Hogan set up a booth outside of the John Justin Arena that featured a life-size poster of Spot My Blue Boy with peel-off stickers to raise money for the Appaloosa Foundation, to support the ApHC Equestrians With Disabilities Program. A scooter was graciously donated by Randy’s Gold Creations and All Things Scooters with raffle tickets sold benefiting the Wounded Warriors Foundation. The ApHC would like to thank everyone who contributed and made these fundraising events successful!
World’s Best Appaloosa: SMART MATE CHEX OUT, owned by Carly Wettlaufer of Ramona, SD, bred by Mark & Cheryl Pozzi of Edgewood, NM
Reserve World’s Best Appaloosa: HOLLYWOOD RITA, owned and bred by Daniel & Dorine Bennett of Madison, SD
World Show Leading Breeder: Nancy Magnussen, of College Station, TX
Open Overall High Point Exhibitor: Anthony Leier of Pilot Point, TX
All-Around Non-Pro: Tristanna Bickford of Hillsdale, WY
Champion Cattle Horse: SMART MATE CHEX OUT, owned by Carly Wettlaufer of Ramona, SD, bred by Mark & Cheryl Pozzi of Edgewood, NM
Reserve Champion Cattle Horse: RIDE AND SLIDE, owned by Clifford or Cindy Hutchinson of Chapman, KS, bred by Sandy Jirkovsky of Kearney, NE
Champion Western Horse: INVALUABLE, owned by Megan Wagner of Pilot Point, TX , bred by David Hogan of Phoenix, AZ
Reserve Champion Western Horse: TAKING HITS, owned by Brenda O’Neil of Fort Denaud, FL, bred by Susan Knapp of Van Meter, IA
Champion English Horse: PRICELESS PORTRAIT, owned and bred by Lisa Krueger of Watertown, WI
Reserve Champion English Horse: HANDSOFFMYARTIFACTS, owned by Megan Wagner of Pilot Point, TX, bred by Bendanna Farms LLC & Mary Ellis of Monroe, NC
Champion Games Horse: WIRETAPS ARS, owned by Kathy W. Forred M.D. of Harper, KS, bred by Alison Schuyler of Dewey, AZ
Reserve Champion Games Horse: SPOTTED CHEX ALIAS, owned by Todd Towe and Dr. Richard L. Towe of Franklin, KY, bred by Roxy J. Farris and Paula Stonecipher of Creighton, MO
Open High Point Over Fence Horse: HES GOT SMOOTH HANDS, owned by Amy S. Rogus of Minooka, IL, bred by Nancy Magnussen of College Station, TX
Non-Pro High-Point Over Fence Horse: MOONLIGHT HUNTER, owned by Kristy Stecker of Phoenix, AZ, bred by John and Janett Barren of Newnan, GA
High Point Non-Pro: Sherri A. Mell of San Antonio, TX
Reserve High Point Non-Pro: Jessica Olsen of Waxhaw, NC
High Point 35 & Over Non-Pro: Dr. Ted Zajac III of Coopersburg, PA
Reserve High Point 35 & Over Non-Pro: Jennifer Hulcher of Argyle, TX
Non-Pro High Point Masters: Lora Marshall of San Antonio, TX
Reserve Non-Pro High Point Masters: Holly J. Anderson of Meshoppen, PA
High Point Novice Non-Pro: Stephanie Hood of Lawrenceville, GA
Reserve High Point Novice Non-Pro: Marisa A. Ahola of Plympton, MA
Champion Non-Pro Games Horse: RUF N MIGHTY, owned by Lorri Peterson of Chardon, OH, bred by Ruthie and Paul C. Stewart of Cooper City, FL
Reserve Champion Non-Pro Games Horse: SHEZA REINSTORM, owned by Jordan Gibson of Lipan, TX, bred by Michelle Horvath of Syosset, NY
Champion Non-Pro Cattle Horse: FRECKLES WAR CLOUD, owned by Richard Schlough of Reedsburg, WI, bred by Deborah and Jimmy L. Turner of Lipan, TX
Reserve Champion Non-Pro Cattle Horse: IMA JEWEL BAR, owned by Sherri A. Mell of San Antonio, TX, bred by Henning and Suzanne Koch of Stevinson, CA
Champion Non-Pro Halter Exhibitor: Kimberly Anding of Mansfield, TX
Reserve Champion Non-Pro Halter Exhibitor: Tyler Scott Ferrell of Hudson, WI
Champion Non-Pro Western Exhibitor: M. Wade Smith of Geary, OK
Reserve Champion Non-Pro Western Exhibitor: Jessica Olsen of Waxhaw, NC
Champion Non-Pro Showmanship/Equitation Exhibitor: Tristanna Bickford of Hillsdale, WY
Reserve Champion Non-Pro Showmanship/Equitation Exhibitor: Kaitlin Bowen of Glendale, AZ
Champion Non-Pro English Exhibitor: Kristy Stecker of Phoenix, AZ
Reserve Champion Non-Pro English Exhibitor: Jessica Olsen of Waxhaw, NC
Congratulations to each and every competitor, spectator and vendor who attended the 2015 World Championship Appaloosa Show!
The ApHC is now gearing up for the 69th National Championship Appaloosa Show & 2016 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, June 27-July 9, 2016. Stay tuned to www.appaloosa.com for the most up-to-date information regarding this exciting upcoming event!
For more information and complete coverage of the 2015 World Championship Appaloosa Show, pick up your copy of the January 2016 issue of Appaloosa Journal.
For more information about the Appaloosa Horse Club and its events, please visit www.appaloosa.com or call ApHC at 208-882-5578.