ApHC Applause

ApHC Applause! 

My appaloosa mare, Zipps Country Maiden, was born on my farm and trained by me. She is an awesome girl and has been a mounted police horse since 2007. She loves her job and is one of the bravest horses in the unit. She is now out on maternity leave and is due in May 2019. I love this girl to the moon and back. 

Misti Mattingly


 I just want to brag on my 3 year old all around Appaloosa gelding, Galaxy.  We have done a lot since I got him at 6 months old. I have shown him in halter, hunter in hand, started western dressage, trail obstacle training, he is my trusty trail horse, we have sorted cattle, played horse soccer, and mounted shooting!  In 2019 we will be riding on the Chief Joseph trail ride. I think the answer to preserving our breed and getting new members is the promotion to the all around Appaloosa! Let’s show the world what this breed has to offer?. I also do Appaloosa art. I make teapots. Can you tell I love this breed?

Kristin Livingston (Cooper)


This is my tribute to my versatile little mare Zippin Irish Cream "Bailey" .
She has proved that bloodlines or size do not always determine a horses destination. This little mare was bred to be a western pleasure deluxe only to have her dislike the event. She haltered as a yearling through early 2 year old. We then broke her out and showed her in western pleasure for the next couple of years, qualifying for the world in pleasure and trail. We then moved on to english and gaming events and walk-trot classes at open shows. Bailey really enjoyed the gaming classes as speed seems to be her true calling. About that time ranch classes were introduced and we decided to try her in that. Again, she liked this class better as it allows her to move at a more natural gate. Once again she qualified and made the trip to Texas for ranch classes. 
Bailey is now in her early teens and we have decided to embark on yet another career. She qualified to be on the local sheriff department mounted division. To be on the mounted division, she has to literally forget all she knows and start over. She now does parades (averaging about 4-8 per year) bi-annual training which includes very loud noises, sirens, firecrackers, smoke, gunfire and she also has to stand her ground or push through crowds. We also do search and rescue which is going through very rough terrain without hesitation, encounter wildlife, maneuvering broken down fences, swampy areas and many different odors. Here is this dainty little western pleasure horse of 15 hands showing her versatility and true gritt. I would not trade her for anything and she may just save my life or someone else someday.
 Julia Spiegel 

I’d like to share a great achievement by my 14 year old gelding First Dream Catcher, aka Teddy.
After having a four year break from riding and showing with my husband, I had him brought back into work last Spring, and started riding him myself.
At only our third ridden show together we won a beautiful  High Point trophy by acclaimed sculptress, Gill Parker.
Teddy is a very special boy, being directly related to some all time greats of the Appaloosa and horse world,  Dream Finder, First Draft, Zippo Pine Bar, and the awesome Secretariat!
I’m so proud of him!
Joanne Gallagher

 "Silver" was a beautiful cutting horse who passed on intelligence and athletic ability to his foals. He was not only a 4 X World champion in cutting, but a kind and gentle soul, who could be handled and ridden by anyone. His flowing mane and tail were enough to make a Friesian jealous.  He not only commanded the cutting pen, but sired babies that have held their own against other breeds at open events. His foals are winning in halter, cutting, reining, ranch, roping and many other genres. His babies are colorful and easy to train. I am so proud to have owned such a wonderful Appaloosa. Silver is the reason I will stay with the Appaloosa breed forever!!!
Gay Bars Silver 4X World Champion cutting
Sired reining and cutting Futurity Champions
Equistat production: $35,000
Breeders Trust: $2500

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