Australia Appaloosa Association

Hall of Fame

Australian Appaloosa Association Ltd

The Hall of Fame was established in 2006. The Hall of Fame gives recognition to our early pioneers of the breed, to honour individuals and Appaloosas that have been instrumental in the development, preservation and promotion of the breed known as the Australian Appaloosa.

The first inductees were presented with their awards at the 35th National Appaloosa Championship Show, held at Dubbo, NSW 2007.


2015 Hall of Fame Inductee

WJ Brother In Arms

Chestnut, Blanket Appaloosa Stallion

Bred By: Felecia Richardson at WJ Stud Cobbitty NSW

Foaled: 9th October 1990, Sire: Brother Dier, Dam: Bandido Rose

Proudly Owned by Sam Jukic

In 1991, WJ Brother in Arms or “Arny” as he is known was purchased by Sam Jukic of QLD and was first shown as a yearling at Beenleigh All Breeds Show by Sharon Pollack. His first show was a great success and he took home Champion Appaloosa Colt and the Grand Champion All breeds Colt or Stallion under 7 judges. It was the start of a long and prosperous career.

Broken in as a 2yo he began his successful and versatile show career under saddle. He was shown at the 1993 Appaloosa National Championships by Wayne Judge in the 2yo events and took home the Hi Point 2yo performance horse award.

Over his show career, Arny competed in Western Pleasure, Halter, Hunter Under Saddle, Trail, Western Riding & Reining and was awarded his AAA Champion award in 1996. He also gained a bronze medallion in Halter and Register of Merits in Trail, Bridle Path Hack, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Halter & General Performance

At 4 years of age, Arny began breeding and to date has sired over 80 Appaloosa progeny. His foals include AAA State National and Futurity Champions: Arnys Bright Eye, Arnys Magical Dove, Cactus Jack and KNK Arnys Wild Spirit. His progeny have successful careers of their own in the show ring across a number of western performance events and Halter.

Outside of the western industry he has also sired successfully eventers, dressage horses and endurance competition champions.

Arny himself is an exceptionally calm horse, with great conformation and athletic ability. He truly puts his personal stamp on his progeny by passing on these traits and proving he is a versatile progeny producer.  During his years at stud he has proven himself as a colour producer with an incredible 98% of his progeny being coloured!

Shown until the age of 6 years heavily in Western Shows, Arny’s show career transitioned to focus on his reining ability and competing in the heritage classes.

Outside of the Appaloosa and Western Show ring, WJ Brother in Arms is known for showcasing Appaloosa heritage in full Nez Perze costume explaining the breed and its origins to anyone ready to learn.

Along with his proud owner Sam and occasionally their good friend Michael Semchison,  Arny’s outstanding promotion of our Appaloosa breed and its heritage includes 16 years at the Brisbane Royal Show in the Appaloosa Breed stand showcasing and parading his heritage costume, which in turn has gained some great TV and media coverage for our Appaloosa Industry.

Together they have attended the Beaudesert Festival of the Horse, Ag Shows, horse expos, parades, school displays and even been a part of Wedding photos in his native regalia.

At the age of 18, Arny unfortunately suffered a compacted large intestine and underwent surgery to remove a large part of his intestine. He recovered well but was prevented from breeding over the next 2 years.

Today at the ripe old age of 23, WJ Brother in Arms is in good health and continues to be used at every opportunity he and his owner Sam can to promote and provide information to the general public on the Appaloosa and has really made a significant contribution to the awareness and knowledge of the AAA, the Appaloosa Horse and its ever important heritage.

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Ric O’Lena

Leopard Stallion - Born 4th October 1978 - Sire: Roc O lena ( AQHA) -   Dam: Shiloh’s Trinity Sue

Owned & Bred by Rick DeSave

Ric O’Lena was a talented horse right from the beginning. Bred and broken in by Rick DeSave, his reins were handed over to trainer Bryan Cadden just 5 weeks before his first cutting futurity. This was the beginning of his extremely successful show career, specialising in cutting.

Ric O‘Lena hit the big time in 1985 taking equal champion in the Open Cutting and winning the Open Non-Pro Cutting at the NCHA National Cutting Finals. He won many titles over that season and received NCHA’s Certificate of Achievement and finished in the top 10 overall Open Cutting Horses of Australia.

During his career he was awarded his NCHA Superior Cutting Horse award and earned his owner Rick the Runner Up Open Non Pro Rider of Australia.

After that Ric O’Lena expanded his talents into other disciiplines and earned his AAA Register Of Merit in General Performance through Trail,  Halter, Pleasure,  Bridle Path Hack and Reining

He produced many AAA State and National Champions as well as open competition winners and place getters across events like Halter, Cutting, Dressage, Reining, Campdrafting, Barrels and more. Many of his progeny including Crystal Ric, Cayusa Chatta Lena, Cayuse Blazzard O’Lena  and The Cutting Edge have gone on to produce many champions of their own.

Ric O’Lena spent many years at stud for Rick and Coneen DeSave and spent the last 7 years of his life living with Sam and Vince McAuliffe at Cayuse Stud. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 32.  


Stonebrook Nugget (Imp)

Born: 24th April 1974

Imported from Arkansas USA, this stallion produced some of Australia’s leading performance progeny of the time.

His breeding was attractive to competitive sport horse riders and pleasure riders alike. They were in demand, not just because they were Appaloosas but because of their temperament and trainability as well.

During his short life, Stonebrook Nugget sired many performance horses that excelled in open competition in BOTH western and traditional English events. They excelled across a vast range of disciplines including Dressage, Hack, Bridle Path Hack, Jumping, Cutting, Halter, Pleasure, Trail, Reining, Sporting and more.

His progeny include:

Peppercorn Nora – First Appaloosa to qualify for the NCHA cutting Futurity

PPP Fat Belly Jones and Peppercorn Butch – Both placed top 5 in the Sires Classic Western Pleasure Futurity (the richest pleasure futurity at the time)

PPP Mr Jimmy Moppet  - Multiple Supreme Champion Hack in open company - NSW Champion Novice one day event horse - AAA 1980 National Futurity Colt Halter Champion as well as numerous Dressage, Hack and performance. Jimmy also went on to produce some versatile champions of his own.

Cardon Phantom – Multi state and national Halter and Performance champions as well as NSW Champion One Day event horse and sire of many champions.

Stonebrook Nugget’s progeny and their success helped open up the traditional English world to the versatility and ability of the Appaloosa.

Stonebrook Nugget expectantly passed in 1984 at 10 years of age. 

Dianne Copp


Dianne had been a highly successful competitor in the Sydney show scene from a young age, and when she purchased her first Appaloosa, the imported stallion Joker Red Boy, and an amazing partnership was born.

When Joker Red Boy arrived in Australia Dianne retrained him in line with her Dressage principles and competed and won at National shows in Shepparton 1976, Toowoomba 1978 & Melbourne 1979 in English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Indian Costume.

Dianne introduced a whole new audience to the Appaloosa breed through the interviews, promotions and articles she did from 1975 to 1982. Writing extensively about western performance classes and the Appaloosa Breed for Equine publications including Hoofs & Horns, Australian Western Horseman as well as her western show series for Australian Horse & Rider where Dianne showcased our breed, using photographs of Appaloosas to illustrate western events

Always chasing new challenges Dianne then trained Joker Red Boy to Prix St George level dressage, and began competing in open dressage competitions at advanced level, performing pirouettes and two & three times flying changes.

With her father Cec Copp, Dianne ran the Tilbaroo Equine centre at Glenorie, where she introduced students from mainly hacking and dressage backgrounds to the beauty, versatility and trainability of the Appaloosa Horse.

Dianne is extremely fond of her time within the Appaloosa breed, believing the skills she learned from training horses and competing at shows such as aiming for hi points, striving for excellence, knowledge, discipline, respect and training are transferable to her life after horses and has enabled her to help her son’s passion for competitive chess, who is now an International Master who regularly represents Australia.

Dianne’s show career faded out after the passing of her Father Cec and the passing of her trusty ride - Joker Red Boy. She now lives on the Northern Beaches in NSW.


2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Ron Gordon

Ron Gordon joined the AAA in 1975 at the age of 28 and has been a member of the AAA Ltd for the past 38 years. He initially took up positions with the West Moreton Regional Appaloosa Club in Queensland. After the 1979 AAA Ltd EGM in Brisbane he was recommended to fill a casual vacancy on the Board.

Since then has served 16 years on the various AAA Boards of Directors and had served with 52 different directors. During his sixteen years he served eight years as President, six as Treasurer and three as a Director only. During his time he worked on committees including National Shows, Futurities & rulebooks.

He has played active role in providing the association with stability. Within two years he was elected as the treasurer and introduced fiscal controls such as budgeting, financial controls, financial and non-financial reporting.

During his first stint as President in early 1986 he introduced strict corporate governance and accountability for Directors.

During the late 80’s the Association met strong opposition from sections of the membership over a range of issues that unfortunately culminated in the expulsion of some members. During these years Ron showed strong and diligent leadership in his roles as President and Treasurer.

During his presidency, the many Boards he served on faced many changes including the introduction of the solid horse & the re-location of the offices from Shepparton to Tahmoor and then finally to Tamworth. 

Although some years were tough, there have been many highlights during his Board involvement including successful National Shows and futurities that have been held.

Ron was the driving force to ensure that the Association maintained the old hard copy studbooks. Ron personally transferred every horses halter and performance points from an old manual system to computerized records and this system produced all of the outstanding awards that were owing to every horse that earned points at the time. This data capture led the way to the studbook as we know it today otherwise all of the early history and awards from the 70s and 80s would have been lost forever.

On a personal note he has never bred any other breed of horse except Appaloosas since 1978. He has always been a loyal Appaloosa member and has tried to assist the Association where possible. He has been a long-time supporter of the breed and over the years has demonstrated his devotion to the Appaloosa by the many hours of active membership on many Boards and Committees. 

He is currently the honorary secretary for the Association.

Joker Be A Saint (imp), T2895

Foaled: 31st May 1977

Sire: Saint Plaudit (ApHC), 167133, Dam: Dude's Bow (ApHC), T107329

Imported by Mr & Mrs G Wyatt as a 1977 colt in the late 70s, Joker Be A Saint first made his home at Stoneleigh Park, Healsville in Victoria.

Lyn Myers of Lynway Stud purchased Joker Be A Saint in 1983.  He was shown extensively at halter by Lyn, English events by Simon Myers and by Wayne Judge in other western disciplines.

During this time he gained many National and State championship awards and qualified for the AAA Superior All Round Horse Award.

In this time Joker produced multiple National and State Champions in halter and performance events these included: Lynway Sassy Saint, Lyka Saint, Saints Reflection, Lynway Blue Chiffon, Jonel Choir Boy, Lynway How Sweet A Saint, Lynway Miss Rolls Royce, Super Saint, Sheza Saint and the dam of the first and only Appaloosa (Middle L Not Impressed) to win the prestigious NPHA 2 year old Western Pleasure Futurity - Lynway Model T.

Joker Be A Saint was then sold to James Brooks in 1985. James ownership continued, first at Kyliebar Appaloosa Stud at Wyong North and with the sale of this property, moved to Mountain Rd at Warnervale.

During his show career he was professionally trained by and extensively and very successfully shown by Wayne and Sue Judge in all events both Halter & Performance - Western & English.

This period covered many shows both in New South Wales and interstate. These trips saw him win many prestigious awards not only with the Appaloosa Society,but together with some of his progeny bring home Championships in open company. The highlight of his success was receiving the Superior All Round Horse of Australia 1986.
Not only was Joker a very successful Halter and Performance horse, he was also a Prize Winning Sire. His progeny have followed in his footsteps with great results. One of the many greats, was Gest A Saint, bred by Wayne and Sue Judge. He and others followed on in this tradition of excelling in the show ring as well Gest A Saint being Sire of many show winnings sons and daughters.

By the year 2000, Joker was enjoying a well-earned retirement from showing but was still continuing with stud duties as was evident by the number of progeny in the Show ring.

Joker passed away in his retirement at Wanervale in 2005

Personal Note from Kylie Books:

It is with great regret that neither James or Wayne are not still with us today, who could have been present on this prestigious occasion. Our sincere thanks go to everyone involved in making this award happen. To the Directors past and present; People who have had the confidence to breed to Joker Be A Saint; Owners, trainers, judges and competitors who made Joker’s name part of the wonderful history of the AAA through their great success in the Show ring; and mare owners to have carried on this line of heritage still making its mark today.

TS Sunspot, GC16631

Foaled: 29th October 1980

Sire: Darling Sun Galaxy, Dam: Chips Little Star

  • AAA Champion No.  17
  • Overall Performance Horse of Australia 1988/89

Ralph has numerous National and State Champions in all Western disciplines From Halter Colt and then Halter Gelding, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Cutting, Working Cow Horse, Reining, Trail, Bridle Path Hack and English Pleasure. He has earned over 1,000 life time points and over 260 Halter points.

He has also achieved his: Sapphire in Trail, Gold in Western Pleasure, Halter and was only 35 points off his sapphire in these 2 events. Silver in Hunter Under Saddle/Bridle Path Hack, Western Riding.

When he was a Stallion he sired 2 coloured progeny. One was TS Bronze Sun who went on to receive his AAA ltd Champion Award.

He has also taken Meaghan Hennessy to three time High Point Amateur of Australia 1989-90, 1990/91, 1991192 and runner up 1992/93 and Meaghan also achieved her AAA Ltd Amateur Versatility No 1. on him.

One of Ralph’s highlights was at the 1991 National Show winning the Senior Horse Trail it was such a hard class to win as there were some great trail horses in his time, you could feel and see him thinking about what step to take so he would not knock over a pole. Also he made the Western Riding look like a breeze.

Meaghan believes it was lucky John decided to geld Ralph at the age of 3, because as a stallion with his mind on “other” things he may not have achieved such great results. This decision was supported by him resulting in a fantastic gelding.


2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jaymar Jackamo

Born 1970.

Sire: Jaymar Nakia.

Dam: Jaymar Red Robin.

He was bred By John & Marlene Schneider, QLD.

JJ as he was known was first shown as a weanling in halter. He was broken in 1981 as a 2 year old, but was not shown under saddle until he was 3 years of age. Once gelded, he was trained for a short time by Burt Purcell.

Throughout his show career, he exhibited great versatility in the many events that he competed in. He excelled across a range of show events including: Pleasure, Trail, Bridle Path Hack, working cow horse, halter and games competing and winning at State and National Levels.

JJ competed successfully at 14 National Shows and numerous State Shows. JJs versatility shone through and he was awarded HI Point Horse of Australia a number of times.

His talents left him in high demand from many youth competitors. JJ was also the favourite mount for Joanna Richardson who won several Indian Costume class Champions at Nationals Level.


Taco Taco (imp)

Born April 1970 in USA

Sire: Ledge Deck (imp)

Dam: Top O The Morn (Imp).

Bred by Elizabeth Hobson and imported into Australia in 1971. He was purchased by Mannix Rynne in 1972 and he found his home at Rebel Appaloosa Stud in Peak Crossing, Queensland.

He was campaigned on the race track and won numerous sprint races, receiving his Register of Merit Number 1 in Racing. He also won Hi Point Racehorse in 1975.

Taco Taco had 19 race starts of which he had an exciting 10 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds and 2 fourths. This was quite a feat for this agile stallion.

Apart from his racing career, Taco Taco showed his versatility, winning at halter and performance, including English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Stallion Under Saddle, Stump Race, Stake Race and Keyhole all ridden by Mannix Rynne.

Taco Taco sired a number of Racing and performance Champions including:

Revsomore – Coloured colt - Winner of the All Australian Futurity Consolation at Warren in 1977 as well as many other racing and performance wins and placings.

Taco Belle – Coloured Filly – A Halter, Performance and Racing Champion. 15 race starts, 3 wins and 10 places.

Taco Taco sired 50 winner and placegetters on registered tracks in Australia. He also sired 9 National Champion Halter and Performance horses.


Ted Hodges

Ted Hodges started his lifetime journey by leaving home at the age of 15. Ted had applied for a job through "Hoofs and Horns" as a jackaroo on a central Queensland cattle property. But as fate would have it, he hopped of the train at the wrong station and ended up working at Lucky Downs Station, located on the Burdekin River. The Station was owned by the Atkinson family and Ted developed lifetime friendships with the Atkinsons and the Jackaroos who worked the property.

Ted had many, many jobs but eventually developed a successful career in the automotive industry as well as being a successful property developer.

In 1971 he purchased a property called the "The Willows" near Scone NSW with the intention of setting up a Hereford stud. But after Quarter Horse/Appaloosa sales at Colony Stud, Parkville, he decided he would bring horse breeding into the mix as well. This was the beginning of Willow Park Stud

Ted travelled to the US several times to search for high quality foundation stock for his quarterhorse and appaloosa breeding programmes. Ted also realised the potential to outcross his quarter horse and appaloosa stallions with proven Australian stockhorses. To this aim he scouted around Queensland and the Northern Territory looking for good foundation stock.

As well as running Willow Park and all that involved, Ted took a huge interest in the show circuit and made sure he also had teams of horses competing in major events and worked hard to promote the breed. He participated in judging animals at shows and would travel the country classifying horses for the Association. He also did a stint as President of the Association for several years.

There was never a dull moment at Willow Park. Teds wife still remarks on the thunderous racket resounding around the hills when the he would drive the mares from the back paddocks of Willow Park, over the hill and down to the stables. This would happen several times a week during the breeding season.

The technique was, Ted would saddle up one of the stallions, eitherJokers Monte, Money Creek Jaguar or Swanlake Comanche King. He would ride off over to the back of Willow Park, open the top gate, ride down to the mob of mares and crack the whip. The mares knew what was on and all hell would break loose. They knew whoever got to the breeding yards first, got first chop at the hay. All the stallion could think of was the next jump he was going to get at the end of the ride. Never mind the poor bugger sitting on top of the horse. At the end of the day the procedure was reversed. Needless to say, when the mares went back through the top gate the stallion would take some convincing it was time to turn back. This routine was kept up for the early part of the spring, and then the stallions would be turned out with their respective bands of mares to finish off the season.

A memorable incident was when Ted decided he would go to check on Money Creeks Jaguar who was out with his mares. Ted thought he would toddle over on Jokers Monte, so off he went. Two hours later Ted came back looking a little shaken and a bit worse for wear. Turns out, he had ridden into the paddock where Jag's mares were, astride old Monte, only to be confronted by the younger stallion, Money Creek's Jaguar. Before the old man realised his mistake, he was in the middle of a stallion fight. When he relayed the story to his wife, all she could say was "what did you expect, you silly old bugger?"

Ted is now in his eighties and is quite frail, but he still takes an interest in anything to do with the land, its people and its horses. Willow Park, under new ownership, continues these days as a boutique thoroughbred breeding complex, known for its high quality yearlings. Ted's Grandson Nick also has an "eye" for a good horse and is a principal player in the family property "Riversdale" and the renowned Southern Cross Breeders Group. Joker's Monte passed away in retirement at Riversdale Farm and is buried there.



2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

Darling Sun Pride

Owned by Lyn Myers and the Myers Family

Sire: Unaka Sun (Imp)

Dam: Darling Jokers Pride

Pride was born in October 1978, bred by Jack and Harriett Buster of Darling Farms, at Burke. She was purchased as at nine months of age by Lyn Myers of Lynway Stud where she began her incredible show career. Up until her 2 year old year she had been a very successful halter horse taking home numerous Championship titles.

Pride was then broken in by John Kelly and was then trained by Greg Gilpin for the express purpose of being the youth horse for Simon, Justin and Nigel Myers.

At the 1981 National Appaloosa Show as a 2 year old she was High Point Snaffle Bit Performance Horse. Over her show career at both state and national level Pride won halter grand champions and won in every performance event: western pleasure, bridle path hack, western riding, reining, trail, showmanship at halter, western equitation, English equitation (including youth steer daubing, working cow horse and all of the sporting events).

She had the full suite of awards; Encouragement, Recognition, Register of Merit, , Bronze Medallion Silver Medallion and Gold Medallion in Halter, Western Pleasure and Bridle Path Hack

To complement these Darling Sun Pride was awarded the Champion Award (No.9) in January 1982 and in October 1982 she was awarded AAA Superior All-Round Horse (No. 3).In obtaining this award Pride was the first mare; the youngest horse and the first Australian bred Appaloosa to reach such an honour.

In the 1982/1983 show year, campaigned exclusively by a then 13 year old Simon, Pride dominated the annual end of year AAA high point awards; winning 36 in total (from halter to every performance event in both her aged group, overall and in two youth divisions) – a feat that has never been matched

Darling Sun Pride had a very special personality; she had a very calm and placid demeanour which allowed for her to be trained in many events at a very early age.Because of this she was not only a wonderful youth horse for the Myers boys but she was also in high demand by the Appaloosa Queen entrants to use as their riding horse in the equitation phase of the competition at the nationals. A wonderful ambassador for the breed who not only was great within her own breed, but was great amongst other western breeds and certainly showcased the versatility and trainability of the Appaloosa to the English cohort as well.

Pride produced a number of foals. Her most successful being the National and State multi-Champion, Lynway Sassy Saint (being by the wonderful imported stallion Joker Be A Saint). Sassy Saint, whilst she was a good show horse also produced good show horses over the years – so the Darling Sun Pride legacy still lives on today


Nevada Peavys Bambi

Owned by Sue Polizos (nee Cook)

Sire: Peavys Apache (Imp)

Dam: Bambi Bee (Imp)

Born in 1975, Nevada Peavys Bambi was bred by Noel and Helen Cook at their family's stud, Running N Ranch.

As a weanling, she was graciously given to their daughter Sue Polizos (nee Cook) as a Christmas present. A then 17yr old Sue started the filly's show career successfully competing in halter events.

Trained and broken by Sue, Nevada Peavys Bambi became more of a success in the show ring. Competing in Western Pleasure, Trail, Western Riding and Bridle Path Hack, this mare proved herself to be a great all-rounder, winning many State and National Titles in open events.

Over her 5 year show career this mare won numerous Hi Point awards at State and National Level, her greatest honour was to receive AAA Champion Number 2. She was the first Mare ever to win this prestigious award.

Nevada Peavys Bambi was a reliable, willing and quite mare. This proved her to be a competitive youth horse, being shown in youth events including Showmanship by Cameron Horden. She was also shown on occasion by other youth and used to teach children to ride.

Mares were very important in those days as they were the foundation of our breed; many mares were bred rather then shown. With her great breeding and her outstanding success in the show ring this mare was retired early as a 5 year old to become a brood Mare. She went on to produce horses that proved the versatility of the Appaloosa, as many of her progeny went out to be great all round youth horses.

Nevada Peavys Bambi lived her whole life with Sue and passed away at the age of 22yrs.




2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

Carol Ricketts



Carol started working in the office for the AAA in June of 1985 when it first moved from Shepparton to Tahmoor. Carol and her dedicated band of helpers, moved the office on several occasions, firstly from Tahmoor to Bridge St in Tamworth and then to our current location in Showground Road.

Carol accepted a casual position on the board in May of 1990 and was elected to her first 3 year term in April 1991. Carol would remain a director until August 1999. During Carol’s time on the Board she held the position of President and/or Treasurer from 1992 – 1999.

After a few years break, Carol was again asked to join the Board as a casual Director in June of 2003 and was successful in being re-elected in 2004 for 1 last 3 year term where she again held the positions of President and Treasurer.

Carol served approx 11 ½ years on the Board of the Australian Appaloosa Association and was President for approx 8 ½ years.

Carol’s dedication to the Appaloosa Breed was not only reflected through her tireless work as a Director, she accompanied 2 Youth Teams overseas, 1 to America and 1 to Canada, as well as running many National Shows and Futurities.


Nioka Classic Queen, 16999

Foaled at Arthur & Elva Hiscocks’ Nioka Stud in Oakey Queensland in 1983 by Princes Tyson out of Ms Boucher by the imported TB “Boucher” and campaigned by Vicki Morrow “Queen” won the Grand Champion Mare at the Appaloosa National show and was the runner up high point 2yr old Western Pleasure horse for her 2yr old show year.

Purchased by Carolyn as a rising 5 year old and bred to a great variety of stallions she has produced National halter and ridden champions including the multi Supreme Exhibit, I’m A Classic Dream who stood 7 years out of 8 in the Supreme line-up at the National Appaloosa Show, also winning the most prestigious halter event in the country being the Australian Halter Showcase Yearling futurity.  As a 2yr old was unbeaten in every futurity entered including the NPHA.

Cardon Phantom’s Classique took Carolyn to many State & National Hi Point Awards coming out of retirement at 17 to assist Carolyn to win the inaugural 50yrs & over AAA National Hi Point Award.  She was bred to Tall Dark N Radical to produce Hot Roddin Classic who has emassed 301 points and is a multi national hi point award winner in all ages groups and was featured on the front cover of the Appaloosa Magazine after this years National Show in Dubbo.

Gest a Classic a chestnut gelding, campaigned by Wayne Judge had 275.5 points and won at all the major futurities in pleasure and hunter and still was a grand champion in halter.

Louie De Loper the only coloured colt she threw, by Im A Cool Seeker has 310 points and multi age group National and State Hi Point Awards and open company champion, campaigned by Ralene Gilboy as trainer and owner Anne Brooksbank.

And the list goes on with

Phantoms Teardrop 294.5 points – campaigned by Wayne Judge
I’m a Bonnie Classic – reserve champion from 52 in a National weanling filly class campaigned by Carolyn
Classic Dynasty – multi supreme exhibit/ futurity winner, winner of the AAA National Weanling Crystal Classic Futurity campaigned by Carolyn and dam of Shez Classically Cool with 47 Halter points
Gest Classically Rapt – campaigned by Wayne Judge and owned by Judith Morrison 100 points in his limited but outstanding show career.

And last but not the least is:-

My Classic Queen, a leopard filly winning the Supreme Exhibit AAAA Hi Point Award as a weanling and winning the overall AAAA Hi Point Halter Exhibit award for that year and a full sister to I’m A Classic Dream (a bay colt), and is now owned by Grant Ford.

A truly worthy recipient of this award, “Nioka Classic Queen”, has given many people the opportunity to be successful with a multi progeny point score of over 2147 points missed greatly but greatly loved.

Prince's Tyson (Imp) A1278


Foaled 4 April 1971 - Died 1985
Sire: Prince Plaudit
Dam: Traveler's First Star

Prince’s Tyson was foaled on April 4, 1971 and was bred by Carl Miles in Texas, USA, owner of his sire Prince Plaudit.
Before being imported into Australian by Arthur & Elva Hiscock, Tyson was bred to a number of mares in the US and this progeny went on to become top winning halter & performance horses.
In early 1977, after spending 6 months travelling via the UK, Tyson landed at Nioka Appaloosa Stud in Oakey, QLD only slightly worse for wear. His first foal crop in Australia produced a number of show winners, starting the trend that was to continue on for many years. Tyson’s progeny topped many classes and were awarded for this by gaining 2 Superior All Round Horses, 7 AAA Champions and 23+ National Champions. He won Get of Sire at the National Show in 1981 & 1982 and also won the National Futurity Sire 6 or 7 times.
At the time of his death in 1984, he was the number one Sire of Halter and Performance horses at the County or Cumberland Quarter Horse Association Sires Classic Futurity in Australia. When you consider that the majority of the nominated stallions were Quarter Horses, it was a great result for an Appaloosa.
The honour of Tyson being inducted into the Appaloosa Hall of Fame is a great tribute to the wonderful horse and brilliant sire he was. This honour has been greatly enhanced, as it is in conjunction with Tyson’s daughter, the beautiful mare Nioka Classic Queen who was proudly owned by Carolyn McDowall, being inducted at the same time.
Due to the dedication of many breeders and exhibitors over the years, Tyson’s memory will be sure to live on. The efforts of all those involved have been much appreciated.
Sired foals in Australia for only 8 seasons & with only 79 progeny produced:

2 x AAA Ltd Superior All-round horses –
Tysons Little Dier
Darling Sun Tyson

7 x AAA Ltd Champion Award winners –

Nioka Roman Prince
Nioka Aint She Sweet
Nioka Prince's Melody
Nioka Love Song
Nioka Miss Piggy
Tysons Little Dier
Darling Sun Tyson

23 or more of these 79 progeny are National Title earners.

He won National Champion Get of Sire in 1981 & 82.
Hi Point National Futurity Sire 6 times.

Apart from the above, probably his greatest contribution was his daughters.  In his era and for many years following his untimely death he was almost certainly the greatest broodmare sire for this breed.




2009 Hall of Fame Inductees


ENR Crown Prince (Imp) GC176

Sire: Prince Plaudit (ApHC), Dam: Rey De Javiels Wi-Hi (ApHC)

ENR Crown Prince was the first Gelding to be imported into Australia from America in the early 1970’s by Eildon Ranch, Vic. He was already a top performance horse in the USA when he arrived here.

Australian Achievements

AAA Champion No. 4

Superior All-Round Horse No. 2

National Show Results:


Open Events: Grand Champion Gelding & 2nd Working Cow Horse (12).

Youth Events: 1st 12-17 Showmanship (10), 12-17 Western Eq (10), 12-17 Bareback Eq (8), Youth Western Riding (3), 2nd 11 & Under Showmanship (5), Leadline (5), Youth Trail (11), Youth Keyhole (10), 3rd 12-17 English Eq (8), 11 & under Bareback Eq (3) & 4th Youth Western Riding (14).


Open Events: Grand Champion Gelding

Youth Events: 4th 13-17 Western Eq (12), Youth Trail (13)


Open Events: Grand Champion Gelding, 1st Stump Race (22), 1 Calf Roping (12), 2nd Snr Trail (24), 3rd Keyhole (24), 5th Snr Working Cow Horse (12) & 5th Stake Race (16).


Open Events: Grand Champion Gelding, 2nd Snr Western Pleasure (20), Rope Race (22), 3rd Cow Hide Drag (22), 5th Snr Bridle Path Hack (18), Reining (12), Jumping (10), Stake Race (27), Stump Race (26), 6th Costume (7).

Youth Events: 3rd 13-17 Showmanship (25), 5th 13-17 Bareback Eq (11)


Open Events: 1st Snr Western Pleasure (23), Cow Hide Drag (11), 4th Snr Trail (11), Snr Working Cow Horse (14), 6th Snr Reining (16), Snr Bridle Path Hack (21), Rope Race (15).

Youth Events: 2nd Youth Trail (22), 14-18 Showmanship (8), 3rd 14-18 Western Eq (16), 4th 14-18 English Eq (14), Youth Western Riding (14), Youth Reining (11), 5th Youth Keyhole (25), Youth Stump Race (16).


Open Events: 1st Halter (27), Grand Champion Gelding, 1st Stump Race (26), Rope Race (16), 4th Snr Reining (12).

Youth Events: 15-18 Showmanship (19).


Open Events: 1st Halter (23), Grand Champion Gelding, 3rd Snr Western Pleasure (24), 5th Stump Race (20). 


Open Events: 1st Snr Reining (25), Rope Race (14), 2nd Steer Daubing (24) Calf Roping (10), 3rd Costume (4), Stump Race (18), Snr Trail (19), 6th Stake Race (15).

Youth Events: 2nd 15-18 Trail (14), 3rd 15-18 Showmanship (22), 14-18 Stump Race (14), 4th 14-18 Reining (16), 5th 14-18 Western Equitation (16).


Open Events: 1st Calf Roping (13), 2nd Keyhole (16), Stump Race (18), Working Cow Horse (17).

He was ridden by Dick Fuchs, Kim McTaggert and Leanne Estoppey. Len and Val Estoppey were the last owners of ENR Crown Prince.

ENR Crown Prince is being inducted into the Appaloosa Hall of Fame for 2009.


Kemal Kopy's Love, T652

Sire: Kopy Kat, Dam: Love Lure (TB)

Owner/Breeder: Gordan and Daphne Brassington

Trainer/Rider: Vicki Morrow, formerly of QLD, now of NSW 



AAA Champion No. 6

Superior All Round Horse No. 5

Platinum Awards: Western Pleasure #1, Bridle Path Hack #1

Diamond Awards: Western Pleasure #1, Bridle Path Hack #1

Sapphire Awards: Western Pleasure #1, Bridle Path Hack #1

Gold Medallions: Western Pleasure #1, Bridle Path Hack #1

Silver Medallion: Western Riding # 1

Multiple High Point of Australia Awards.


Multiple National Show, QLD, NSW, Vic State Shows High Point Award Winner.

Too many to count High Point Awards and Regional ‘A’ Class and Open Performance Shows.

Kopy had enabled Lyndon & Rebel Morrow to achieve many Australian National, State and Open Performance show High Point Awards. She also played a major part in my winning many High Point Awards at National and State Shows.

Kopy has a long and illustrious career in the show ring. Many Australian, National and State Championships for Halter, Bridle Path Hack, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Trail, Reining, Cow Horse, Working Hunter & Dressage. She also placed in Cutting, Rope Race, Rescue Race, Steer Daubing, Keyhole and Team Penning. Yes we did do all these events back then. The Nationals would run night and day for a week or more. If you don’t believe me ask any of the old timers, they were great shows.

Kopy was also successful at agriculture shows, doing Hack classes, Rider classes and even Whip Cracking Stock Horse classes. She won at Open Dressage days and placed at Jumping and Eventing. This mare not only had ability but her temperament was exceptional. Her National and State show agenda consisted of a full youth day, sometimes two youth used her, then a full open program for me.

On her time off from the show ring she proved her worth in our contract mustering, string dragging scrubber calves out of the ConondaleRanges. Nothing was impossible for this mare. Kopy also put some stock on the ground by Double Arrow, AAA national and Futurity Winner ‘Kemal Kopy’s Love Lure’ by Prince’s Tyson and a gelding ‘Multipurpose’ by PPP Mister Jimmy Mop who was successful in Dressage and Eventing.

This mares outstanding career was possible the finest display the Breeder or Owner could wish for, and the Appaloosa Horse Association could not want for a better ambassador to promote the breed, temperament, versatility and ability. My family and I feel privileged to have been apart of her life. Kopy was laid to rest on the same property where she was born in 1988 The Appaloosa Association presented Kopy with a special award for “her outstanding achievements in equestrian events and the promotion of the Appaloosa horse.”

We Thank-you,

Gordon, Daphne & Letita Brassington

Wayne, Vicki, Lyndon & Rebel Morrow



2008 Hall of Fame Inductees

Mega Dream (Imp)

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AAA: 54974

Mega' was born in a blizzard in the USA in 1989. A bay near leopard, he grew to stand 15.3hh. Shown in the USA he stood 3rd as a weanling, 4th as a yearling at the World Championships, 4th at the US Nationals and achieved his ROM at Halter. Once in Australia he was never shown again, preferring to let his progeny do the talking.

He was imported to Australia as a 2yr old, by Margaret & Mark O'Brien, Bill & Cathy Smith and Arthur & Elva Hiscock. He has always stood at Ashfield Stud, based in Queensland.

Mega is sired by what many believe to be the most influential sire in the Appaloosa breed; Dreamfinder. He is from the mare My Little Margie (sire The Executive) known for producing exceptional progeny. Both sire and dam are inductees into the ApHC's Hall of Fame.

Mega Dream has sired progeny who have achieved the country's highest awards in many differing disciplines. And his grand get continues the tradition. Mega Dream has been the AAA National Champion Get of Sire 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 2008. AAA National Futurity Sire from 1995 up to 2007.

Mega has sired eight AAA National Supreme Halter exhibits, with Ashfield Dream'n Boots and I'm A Classic Dream wining the event twice. He has progeny that have achieved National Hi Point awards at Halter and Performance and he currently has 64 progeny that are National Champions. Nine of his colt progeny have gone on to become stallions in their own rights with progeny that are champions at halter and/or under saddle. It is with great pride Mega Dream is inducted into the AAA Ltd's Hall of Fame.

Breeze Bars (Imp)

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ApHC: 173639, AAA: A174

Breeze Bars, a bay leopard, was born the 5th of May 1972. Bred by Don Hetrick Vancouver and sold to W & M Stephens Battleground Washinton, USA. He was then sold in1973 and imported to Australia as a yearling by Bob & Sally Wearing.

Breeze Bars came from old Appaloosa lines, which were mixed with working quarter horse, sprint racers and Thoughbreds. This made for a young stallion who produced progeny with great versatility.

He spent his early years at Shalimar Stud in Beaudesert Qld where he stood along side 'Lakeside Cheers' and other imported stallions. In 1985 Wal McCall purchased Breeze Bars and he moved to the south coast of NSW. Three Star Stud purchased him at the end of 1985 where he spent the rest of his life. His fourteen years spent with Three Star Stud saw him produce such champions such as Shalimar Mr Breeze, TS Passing Breeze, TS Morning Breeze, TS Holly Breeze, TS Breeze Will Do, TS Frosty Breeze, TS Designed By Breeze Jigadee Miss T and many more. Four of these are AAA Champions with Jigadee Miss Breeze and Ts Holly Breeze achieving their Superior All Round Horse awards.

Jigadee Miss T Breeze and TS Breeze Will Do have also been awarded Overall Performance Horse of Australia. TS Designed By Breeze has been High Point English Horse of Australia. This shows the versatility produced by Breeze Bars, builder of the breed.



2007 Hall Of Fame Inductees



Of the Australian Appaloosa Association

J. Noel Cook - Foundation AAA member elected to Council at the inaugural meeting held 13th February 1971. Later at the first Council meeting he was elected first President, this was a three year term for President only.

He spent much time guiding the Association in its initial stages through knowledge gained on the Appaloosa and the running of a breed registry though various trips to the USA over six years - This information from his history for re-election - 1974.

He was President seven times from 1971 - 1977 and re-elected 1985 - 1986.

Along with Helen Cook, they travelled to America and imported many Appaloosa Horses and showed many National Champions including Colida's Lad.




Of the Australian Appaloosa Association

A foundation member of the AAA Association Helen saw the need in 1969 for a breed registry for the Appaloosa horse.

In her notes for re-election to the Council in May 1974 she said "in 1969 Lucky Dash Jnr arrived and started breeding, I started thinking of an Appaloosa club. As most people thought it was too early I went ahead and had six service books of service certificates printed, two for each stallion. If it was not for these books we would never have traced the first mare bred. Two years later I was still wishing for a club to keep records, so I called a meeting in 1971 at Nathalia and with a constitution drawn up, we had a meeting. This meeting was held on the 13th February and the Appaloosa Association of Australia was formed".

Helen was elected to Council and then the Council appointed her Honorary Secretary - Treasurer. She spent seven years as Secretary - Treasurer.

1972 saw Helen organize the first National Show.

Helen was instrumental in providing a constitution, a Rule Book and the first Stud Book for the Association.




Max Hayes AAA member - 1973 as per list in "First Stud Book' by Helen Cook

He was from Tongala in Victoria, and along with his wife Beryl as Haysrae Stud bred and showed Appaloosas from 1972. He was elected to Council on the 22nd April 1977 and he was Vice-president and Treasurer, re-elected in 1979 and became President, when the association needed a sensible guiding hand. Max was also president 1980 - 1981, 1983 - 1984, and 1984 - 1985.

Max along with his wife Beryl were very committed to the Murray Country Regional Appaloosa Club helping to run the very successful Victorian State Show, Max was involved in running the 4th National Show in April 1976.

Unfortunately both Max and Beryl are now deceased.



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ApHC: 28264, AAA, A19

Joker's Monte was known, in the US, as the Champion of Champions in Halter, Western Pleasure, Reining and Roping, and won at some of America's largest shows e.g. The Nationals, Fort Worth, Houston and the All American Sweepstakes.

He was purchased from Money Creek Ranch, in America, by Ted Hodges of Willow Park Stud, Scone NSW, and he arrived in Australia in April 1974. Once here Joker's Monte, trained and ridden by Joe Davis, continued on his winning ways on the show circuit in four states. Some of his achievements in Australia include being "Hi-Point Performance and Cattle Horse" at the 5th National Show held in Maitland, NSW, in April 1977.

Many of his progeny have competed successfully at National and State level and his bloodlines still run through modern day horses.



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AAA: A97

No. 1 Supreme All Round Champion of Australia - 1978

Colida's Lad was Australia's Number 1 Supreme All-Round Champion, awarded in 1978 and he was also awarded the first "Register of Merit", he won "Hi-Point Performance Horse" at both the 1975 and 1976 National Appaloosa Championships and was Hi-Point Performance Horse at every other show he competed in. In top Australian company Colida's Lad won at Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Working Cow horse, Nez Perce Stake and Rope races, Keyhole and Indian Costume classes.

His progeny include "Colida 76" and "Colida 77" both National "Hi-Point Halter Horses of Australia".