Australia Appaloosa Association

Honour Roll Inductees

 

Cecil ‘Cec’ Copp

Cecil ‘Cec’ Copp was a stalwart of the Sydney Regional Appaloosa Club and the Australian Appaloosa Association in the seventies and eighties. A professional horseman since 1960, Cec was a graduate of Hawkesbury Ag College who taught young riders for over 35 years. Cec was a well-respected horseman amongst the wider horse community.  

Cec’s love of the Appaloosa began in 1974 when he was convinced to by American Appaloosa Stallion Joker Red Boy.

At Tilbaroo Equine Centre, a training facility in the Glenorie NSW, owned by Cec and his daughter Dianne, they would hold open days to showcase & promote the club and the breed, attracting hundreds of non-western horse fanciers and after an afternoon with Cec many became converts to the Appaloosa breed, the AAA and SRAC. He loved talking about the qualities of the Appaloosa to anyone who would listen; breeders, show riders at open competitions, pony clubbers and all of his students and fellow showies.

Cec worked hard to gain sponsorships every year to make the end of year high points at SRAC the most hotly contested competition in Sydney, and no saddlery or feed store in the Sydney area was safe from Cec’s pursuit of sponsorship as his enthusiasm and passion for the breed was infectious.

He encouraged Ann McKenzie and Marsha (Fulton) Lewis to contest the Appaloosa Queen Contest, which they won and he was a recipient of 1984 Award of Appreciation by Australian Appaloosa Association for meritorious service in the promotion of the Appaloosa Breed.

At age 70, Cec had quite a bad accident when a heavy door from a horse trailer fell on him. This unfortunately left him in a bad state and he never returned to his full health, he passed away only 4 years later of and aneurism in 1987.


 

Cayuse Sunday Bonnet

Born in October 1981, Sired by Tonga Royal Mr Sunday out of Mare Darling Sun Bonnet. Bonnet was purchased by Lyn Myers of Lyn way stud from Cayuse Appaloosas. It was with the Myers family she began her show career.

Bonnet competed and excelled in open breed hacking competitions and preliminary and novice dressage levels. She worked hard every event and proudly showcased the Appaloosa breed within traditional English events.

She also won Many State and National awards in Western Pleasure, Bridle Path Hack, Western Riding, Trail, Reining and some sporting events. She was awarded many AAA End of Year and show Hi Point awards. She was also awarded with AAA Champion (No.18) & AAA Superior Award (No.18)

Not only was Bonnet a fantastic performance mare, she also won multiple Supreme and Grand Champion Halter awards.

In 1985 AAA National show she won Hi Point Junior Performance Horse and competed in Open and Youth events

Bonnet foaled later that year and returned to the 1986 AAA National show with her progeny, a filly named Lynway Blue Chiffon, to take out champion in the Mare and foal class. Bonnet again competed successfully in open and youth events proving her amazing nature and endurance.

Cayuse Sunday Bonnet only produced the one foal. This filly went on to be very successful show horse and champion producer in her own right.


 

Joker Red Boy (Imp)

Born on April 1969 in Tennessee USA, Joker Red Boy was a prolific halter and performance champion and Hi Point Tennessee champion at halter and western pleasure.

Red Boy arrived in Australia in 1974 after being purchased by Dianne and Cecil Copp. Dianne started training with Red Boy and began showing in 1975 right through to 1982.

His trophy cabinet certainly was impressive during his show career he won numerous AAA Awards and certificates including AAA Hi Point Performance horse of Australia in 1977. He has certificates in pleasure, english pleasure, western riding and general performance.

A major highlight in his Australian performance career was winning the 1977 County of Cumberland Quarter Horse Association All Round Champion - this was judged over 10 shows under top QH judges. It included halter and 3 ridden events which including English, Western Pleasure and Western Riding. HE was the first Appaloosa to achieve this award and won a 2 horse trailer. To top it off he also won an english saddle for HI Point English Horse and a western saddle for HI point Champion Appaloosa.

He was the first appaloosa to compete in an official dressage association medium competition where he placed 3rd.  He also competed at Prix St George Level where he excelled in flying lead changes and canter pirouettes.

He was used many times to promote the Appaloosa breed - at home the students at the equine centre used him to ride, he was also used for expos, displays and horsemanship clinics. He also had a few stints on TV including Horse talk on ABC in 1979 in a feature on Western Riding & on Steve Townsends Wonder world TV series with Dianne, performing in full Indian costume promoting their heritage of the breed.

His progeny include:

-       Tilbaroo Copperspot – National Halter Champion & 1982 National Hi Point Jnr Performance Horse – Excelled in Bridle Path Hack, Pleasure and Western Riding

-       Tilbaroo Joker Bonanza– Halter and Performance Champion

-       Murrabar Miss Showstopper – Champion Halter Mare 1983 - 1986

-       Joker Red Bars (USA) - Hi Point Tennessee State Halter Horse 1972/73

Joker Red Boy expectantly passed away in 1983, he was only 14. 


 

TS Docs Classic Piece

“Adam” was born in October 1993 at Three Star Stud in NSW, bred by Meaghan and John Hennessey. This coloured bay gelding was sired by Little Doc Hollywood (QH) out of AAA Honour Role Inductee, TS Cappuccino.

He was always destined to be a show horse and started his career travelling around the Eastern states of Australia competing at Halter and winning many State and National Champions and Grand Champions.

Adam was started under saddle in 1995 and never looked back. To his credit he never had a professional trainer and during his whole career was only ridden by Youth and Amateur competitors.

At his first Nationals in 1996 he placed Reserve Champion in the 2yo Western Pleasure and 2yo Western Pleasure futurity. A highlight included him winning the National Halter Horse Show in Dubbo winning the 3yo WP Futurity over all the trainers, it was the best ride Meaghan had ever had on him.

During his show career with Meaghan he excelled in Western Riding, Trail, Halter, Western Pleasure, Hunter and more. Adam won numerous State and National titles and Hi Point awards as well as receiving his AAA Ltd Champion and AAA Superior awards.

In 1997 Adam was purchased by the Brouggy Family as a youth horse for Kendall, continuing his success by winning many titles at all AAA show levels as well as at Pony Club and open Dressage competitions. When he wasn’t in the show ring, he could be found at the shows being ridden bareback in his halter by at least 2 or 3 youth kids at a time. A highlight for Kendall was finalling in the Champagne Western Pleasure on Adam at the 2001 Nationals – Kendal was only 12.

In 2004 Adam was purchased by Karen and Jessie Freeman and travelled to South Australia where he and Jessie joined forces to become an extremely successful show team. In their time together they won end of year awards in 2004/05/06 including AAA Overall Performance Horse, AAA Senior Performance Horse of Australia, Performance Horse of SA, Youth 13 yrs and Under Of Australia and of SA. All these awards plus the multiple state and national titles that compliment them where won while Adam was exclusively ridden by Jessie in all Youth and Open events during this time.

The Higgin’s family became the next home in Adam’s life. Purchased in 2007, he helped Kayla Higgins gain her confidence and go on to win many VIC and SA State titles, club hi points, AAA Hi Points and twice the Overall Performance Horse at the SA Appaloosa Championships. His last years of showing included Senior Youth classes with Kayla, Youth Walk and Jog with Meghan and leadline with Jordan. This was a highlight for the girls mother Samantha, having all the girls ride him at the same show. He was not only a horse, but a family member and a true gentleman.

Adam was sadly put to sleep in February 2014 and will be truly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of owning and riding him.


 

Otagos Co Twister

Born in October 1982, this gelding was sired by Colida Seventy Six  out of the Appaloosa mare, It’ll Do Twisting Time. Twister was bred by Kay Jordan and purchased in the late 1980’s by Danyelle Jacobson (nee Pallot) and 26 long years later they are still best friends.

During his show career Twister competed very successfully, mainly showing within Vioctoria and gained numerous State titles in Youth, Amateur and Open events across every discipline he could put his hoof in including Halter, Trail, Pleasure, Bridle Path Hack, Equitation, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Working Cowhorse and more. He hes won numerous Hi Point awards including a couple at the very first Halter Showcase event.

He was the first Appaloosa to win a buckle at the Silver Buckle Challenge winning the Senior Amateur Western Pleasure out of 26 open breed horses.

Twister  proved to be a fantastic youth horse and helped many youth from Leadline to Senior age groups learn how to ride and compete successfully, even ones who have now excelled on to be trainers themselves.

With such a profilic show career, Danyelle’s only regret s are that they only attended 2 AAA National Shows and not recording all of Twister’s show points. 

Twister has been a fantastic ambassador for the Appaloosa breed having been used for numerous clinics, displays, parades, trail rides and demostrations including Equitana.

The most exciting one  had to be in 2005, when  Animal House Production’s used him for a photo shoot with Designer Alannah Hill. Twister was just amazing – unloaded in a busy street in Prahran, fed carrots by children who had never seen a horse before and walked unphased into a studio where he had to duck his head just to get in! He spent the next 5 hours enjoying the photo shoot.

Over the years Twister has been a loyal and loving part of Danyelle’s family where he is still living today. 


Delgany Shunka Witko, GC1333

Aka Buster

Black Leopard foaled 23rd October 1981 by Delgany Siriledge, A1526 (1980 National Champion Hackamore Horse) out of Pixie McCue, T1740 (by Chug's Matador McCue (Imp) T94.

He was bred by Saxon Wells but carried the Delgany prefix because he was included in the branding sequence for 1981. Offered for sale as a weanling colt at the 1982 National Show Sale, he was passed in as his reserve was not attained. On returning home he was gelded and kept by Saxon and the rest is history. In his early years other said that we would not amount to much but as he continued to win, many tried to buy him and all offers were refused.

His show record is impressive; 4 times National Grand Champion Led - 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991 - he was not shown in 1987 as Saxon did not return from the US visiting her father until after entries closed. From 1982 to 1993 he was always in the top 6 except 1982 when a colt was unplaced in a class of 40, those other placing's included 2 Reserve Champions.

He was very versatile in that when in 1989 Deanne Haynes' horse was injured she borrowed him for the Costume Class and considering he had never had such regalia on him he performed with aplomb and won. He was also ridden in quite a few more costume classes by Joanna Richardson.

He received his ROM at Halter no 253 in April 1988 - Bronze Medallion no 119 in November 1989 - Silver Medallion no 106 in November 1992 - he would have had a Gold Medallion if points had been sent and registered early in his career. (He didn't get his awards as quickly as others because Saxon could not go to as many shows as frequently as they could.)

His other awards include:

  • ROM General Performance no 239 November 1989
  • ROM Bridle Path Hack no 106 October 1992
  • ROM Hack no 7 October 1993
  • ROM Trail no 99 December 1993
  • ROM Western Pleasure no 177 May 1997
  • ROM Dressage no 28 December 1999
  • Bronze Medallion Bridle Path Hack no 48 September 1993

He received his Australian Appaloosa Association Champion Certificate no 73 in December 1993 and his Superior All Round Horse award no 43 in May 1997.

He also recorded points in Cutting, Working Cow Horse, Reining and Western Riding - he also did well in Team Penning.

The last National Show that he competed in was 2005.

Other than the show ring he was a great pleasure to ride. He would go anywhere he was asked and when going down the road nothing bothered him, not the largest truck or road maintenance vehicles, he would gather cattle in the roughest country and face off the biggest bull. Put a small child on him and he never put a foot wrong. He was a great companion and is sadly missed as be succumbed to a twisted bowel in June 2007.

Tamara Pearson adds:

Knowing Saxon for most of my life, knowing Buster and even being lucky enough to borrow him for Hack and Dressage as a youth, he was a fantastic horse.

As a family our fondest memories of Buster are when we were out riding in our arena on a Saturday or Sunday and we would see Saxon and Buster walking, although sometimes jogging or loping up the main road, turn into our driveway, open and close the front gate, with ease of course, and make their way down our driveway for a visit or a ride in the arena. It used to send some of our young horses crazy watching this loud leopard jog down the road but Buster never batted an eyelid.

These days only ended as Saxon moved and the distance between our places became too far.

It was very sad to hear the day he passed, especially to our great friend Saxon who lost her loyal companion and best friend.

Buster is very deserving of this prestigious award.


Son Of A Saint, GC51382

Foaled: 9th September 1984

Sire: Joker Be A Saint (imp), T2985, Dam:Terry McCue, T2107

Son of a Saint was bred by L Host and purchased by Sue Judge as a Yearling Colt. He was soon gelded and first shown as a yearling in Halter by Wayne Judge.

At 2 years of Age Junior was broken in & trained by Wayne. He was taught all disciplines, but mainly competed in Halter, Western Pleasure and Western Riding. During 1987 he competed at Victorian State Show in Bendigo. His First Nationals was in 1986.

In Late 1986 Junior was purchased by Tony Warwick.  Tony progressed with his show career with Trainer Greg Gilpin. Junior lived with Greg in Bowral NSW. Tony would travel to Greg’s every weekend for a ride and to compete at the Sydney Regional Appaloosa shows at Albion Park.

Tony showed Junior over the next 3 years successfully competing at State and National Level across many disciplines, mainly Western Events but excelling in Western Riding. Junior was one of the best lead changers of his time. He has won Western Riding in all age groups including Amateur and Youth during his long show career.

Junior gained win after win and earned himself AAA Champion number 42 in 1990. He has also been awarded with Register of Merits in Western Riding and Bridle Path Hack, Bronze Medallion in Western Pleasure and Gold Medallion in Halter. He also contributed to Many Hi Point awards in Open, Youth and Amateur.

Junior was shown by Tony’s wife Deanne 1996 when she was crowned the Australian Appaloosa Queen.

In 1999, Junior came out of early retirement to become a youth horse. Tony graciously offered Junior to me, as Tyler and I were starting to compete against each other in youth events, which was difficult with one horse.

Still staying in the Family, Junior moved to his new home and Middle L Appaloosa Stud. By the 2000 National. He taught me a lot about riding, even though he was very push button, especially when it came to his flying lead changes.

Over the next 3 years I rode Junior in Youth and Senior Horse events at State, National and Regional Level. We also dabbled in a local Gymkhana and a few Hack Shows. We won many HI Point awards, a HI Point Youth of Australia and his efforts contributed towards my AAA Youth Versatility Award # 9.

A highlight for me was at the 2000 National Show when I was asked to lend Junior to American Indian Michael Red Shirt, for the Heritage costume class. Junior looked like a true Appaloosa Warrior as Michael painted him up, rode him bareback and told a heroic Tale of the life and battles of the American Indian Warrior.

By 2002 Junior was again set for a retirement at the age of 18. Sitting in a paddock wasn’t really Junior’s thing though, he always loved the attention, and when those little ears of his are pricked watching you over the gate it’s to hard to leave a horse in the paddock.

Not long after we were approached by a local mother & friend with a daughter wanting to compete at local Hack & Low level jumping events. Junior was leant to this little girl, but before long he was home again. The pair didn’t get along to well and she had changed her mind. I still hold the opinion Junior didn’t like the idea and wanted to come home and be a western horse!

Again he remained part of the family and spent time moving around our farm, keeping all sorts of animals company from cows, goats, donkeys and other horses. He would occasionally come out for rides on beginner clinic days held for the ORAC.

For a long time Annie and Ben Field had been friends of the family. Annie had a keen interest in horses and has her little boy grew up; he developed his own interest in being a “Cowboy”.

As Ben grew, so did his interest and confidence. After months of trying to find Ben a horse to begin Walk & Jog events it dawned on us….Junior! I don’t know who was more excited, Ben that he had a horse to call his own or Junior who had no issue with being washed, rugged, shod, primped and preened to get him back into show condition. Most of all Junior got used to the idea of regular feeds, not like he needed it though, he may have been getting on in years but he has always held great body condition.

BY now it was late 2011 and Ben & Junior started competing in the show ring starting at club level.

In October 2011 Junior and Ben competed at the NSW Appaloosa State Show. Ben rode Junior in Youth Walk/Jog 13 years & under classes. Junior was the ripe age of  27

This was junior’s first big outing in years and proved he still had it helping Ben win his first Buckle for Hi Point Youth walk/Jog.

Junior was enjoying his Youth lifestyle, unlike years before when I rode him, his life was much easier now. His shows consisted of 4 whole classes, a short ride here or there and lots of food. At home he enjoyed his own weeks and worked hard for Ben on the weekends, and occasionally enjoying a ride in the paddock to chase the cows. Junior really enjoys the slow life.

The year 2012 saw Junior compete at the 40th National Show. This was a whole 26 years from juniors first Nationals! Showing in all walk?jog events and winning the youth Walk/Jog Western Pleasure.

While the years have passed by, Junior has kept up a great condition and has always had the best of care. With his age, he has developed a small growth on his long soft palette that occasionally becomes irritated in very dusty conditions and he will make a gruff noise. But with regulated light work and watching his food intake it doesn’t incur any risks to his breathing. He also has a small cancer on his left eye, which is regularly treated. We had a slight scare at Nationals last year when he was hit with a bout of colic, we all knew it was getting closer to his time for retirement.

Junior’s last show was the 2012 NSW Appaloosa State Show. Ben & Junior made a great team a finished his show career winning HI Point Youth 13yrs & Under Walk jog of Australia and of NSW.

He is now enjoying retirement on Middle L Appaloosa Stud, where he will become a companion to the younger horses and a great trail rider for the new property. This year we will celebrate his 29th Birthday.


TS Cappuccino

TS Capuccino was bred by John Hennessy at Three Star Stud in1979. Sire: Plaudit Twister Dam: Gem Star (QH).Capuccino was John’s first coloured foal she was a beautiful Buckskin colour with a white Blanket.

She was shown at the 1980 Nationals as a weanling gaining reserve Champion weanling Filly. She went to the 9th Appaloosa Nationals as a yearling and won Reserve Champion Filly.

She was broken in and lightly shown under saddle. At the 10th National show she won the Champion 2yr old filly and received National Grand Champion Jnr Filly and at the NSW State Show won Champion Filly and Grand Champion Filly.

TS Capuccino was a multi-state and national champion producer. Between 1982 and 1996 She produced 11 foals, which included 10 colts and 1 filly.

Her champion and memorable Progeny included:TS Docs Classic Gold, TS Passing Breeze, TS Docs Classic Dream & TS Docs Classic Piece 1993 Gelding, Superior All Round Horse and AAA Champion AAA ltd End of Year H/P 94-95 2yr & under Halter Gelding. Overall performance of Australia 2 years in a row from 2004 to 2006 and Youth from 2003 to 2006. Multi State and National Halter and Performance Champion

TS Capuccino was put to rest in 1995 after a long fight to save her from founder. She was 16 years of age.


ISAS Candy Bars

1985 Red Leopard Mare Sire: Nioka Roman Prince Dam: Isas Cherry Bars Isas Candy Bars had a very succeswsful show career where she received Bronze and Silver Medallions at Halter and an ROM in General Performance. Her Total Show Points to Date are: 155 Halter & 49 Performance points.

Her progeny have had a very successful show career. They include: “Ultimate Sensation” -1990 Mare. Multi State and Nationals Halter Champion. He has achieved Bronze, Silver, Gold Medallions in Halter, and Sapphire Award in Halter.

“Totally Awesome”- 1992 Gelding. State Halter and Performance Champion

“Born to Impress” 1995 Leopard Gelding. Multi State and Nationals Halter Champion. He has achieved Bronze, Silver, Gold Medallions in Halter, Sapphire Award & Diamonda Awards in Halter.

“Breakin Hearts”- 1997 Mare. Multi State and National Champion in Halter and Performance. Bronze Medallion at Halter, Register of Merit in General Performance.


Delgany Stud

Delgany was originally a sheep breeding operation, but in 1970Tom & Helen Dalton decided to diversify. A growing interest in the Appaloosa Breed and an advertisement in Country Life magazine led to the purchase on Money Creek Sunaway from Ted Hodges in Scone. At the time, Denton Hughes ( who imported Malheur Tonka) was living close by in Orange NSW, so Helen and Tom sought his advice in setting up a breeding facility. This is how Delgany Horse Stud began.

The first priority for Delagany Stud was to purchase quality mares. Australian Stock Horse, Thoroughbred and Quarter horse mares were purchased as well as their first Appaloosa mare JR,s Shoo Fly. Money Creek Sunaway was used for breeding outside mares and had a full book right from his first year standing at Delgany. Sunaway bred many successful progeny and in 1977 was sold on. With his success in mind and seeing a brochure of the American Money Creek Ranches, in July 73 They purchased the colt Money Creek Plaudit and Mare Siri Snow Queen who had a filly at foot, Money Creek Princess Siri and a was also in foal. Due to the long quarantine requirements, they didn’t arrive at Delgany until the next year in 1974. Snow Queen foaled while quarantined in England, producing Money Creek Pocahontas.

Snow Queen was a stud favourite and upon arriving in Australia began her breeding Career to Ledgedeck and produced Delgany Siriledge.

Tom Dalton, who had a keen interest in cutting, purchased Swan Lake Commanche King from Ted Hodges. King was a typically versatile Appaloosa and won Delagny many Champions. During this time Money Creek Plaudit was broken in and started serving mares. He had a limited show career as his talent was siring champions. This included Delgany Denton, who sprint raced with 6 starts, 1wins and 5 places.

Plaudit also sired many other State and National Champions for Delgany Stud including Delgany Legend &Delgany Krakatoa. Delgany Siriledge was also now old enough to commence stud duties, but also lived the show horse life and was a National Champion Hackamore Horse. He also sired many Delgany Champions including Delgany Shunka Witko and Waminda Siris Commanche.

In February 1988, after the sad death of Tom, Helen began a complete dispersal of Delgany Stud. Money Creek Plaudit and some mares went to Mr Otten of Saxonvale Appaloosas. Delgany Siriledge was purchased by Pam Press of Waminda Appaloosas.


Sally Wearing

Sally was married to Bod Waering at Goondiwindi in 1961.

In 1967, they traveled to “Cloverleaf” stud in N.S.W to attend a sale and show. This was their first introduction to the Appaloosa horse. The stallions were Clover Joker Bull & Clover Cochise.

This was all very new to Sally, and she could not wait to return to their home in central Queensland to select a mare to send to “Cloverleaf” to breed our first Appaloosa. They were more than excited to receive the news that Duchess was in foal a year later.

By this time Sally & Bob had decided to relocate to southeast Queensland, & purchased the historic “Tamborine House” property near Beaudestert. This is where Duchess produced Shalimar Storm Chief, who was the first Appaloosa foaled in Queensland.

Moving again in late 1972 to Cryna Valley “Shalimar Stud” began. This was a very exciting time for Sally, as her and Bob started to put together the facilities to operate and set-up a breeding plan to breed Appaloosa horses.

Sally traveled to Victoria to attend the first National Appaloosa Show at Sheparton. Captain Walter Hughes was the judge at this show. Following the show Sally graciously hosted Walter at “Shalimar” after which he invited us to visit his Ranch in Canada.

During that trip, Sally & Bob attended the National Appaloosa Show in Salem. While attending the Show she purchased the stallions Breeze Bars, Moolahs Robin & the colt Lakeside Cheers. The horses finally arrived at “Shalimar” in 1974.

Sally Wearing was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1973 and served as a Director for approximately six years. She served on many committees such as National, State, All Breeds, plus many shows, which were held on “Shalimar Stud” and local properties.

Both Sally & Bob were very dedicated to showing and promoting the Appaloosa breed. This was a wonderful time in their lives. Sally enjoys reflecting back on the success and wonderful people we associated with and the long-term friends that we made.

Following the death of Bob in 1986 Sally found herself a “Lost” place in my life, she started a whole new Career in Real Estate. She loved her work and achieved many awards in the Real estate industry until she was forced to retire in 1999 due to ill health.

Sally has never lost her interest in the horse industry.


Warrior Joe

Born on 3/10/1984. Sire: Cochise Commanchie Dam: Weona's Pride. Bred by Ray & Lyn Briskey & family of Toowoomba, Warrior Joe was broken in at the age of 2 and before his show days began - he was used to go mustering cattle at the local quarry for family friends.

Allan and Darryl Briskey started 'Joe' in his career of show jumping. Allan and Darryl both rode Joe in Youth and Open show jumping classes at the QLD, NSW and VIC State shows as well as the Appaloosa Nationals. But Joe's career also included jumping as an EFA registered horse in open company.

People use to laugh and say 'Here comes that kid on that spotty thing.' Well that spotty thing just beat you! No longer was he the "butt" of the jokes as the spotty thing started winning all over the place. Now people were saying "Oh no, the Briskey's and Warrior Joe are here!!"

Joe could turn mid-air and the other riders could not believe his agility to not only jump the fence but to clear the jump and already be half turning in the air ready to land and take off the other direction.

Joe was an EFA “A” Grade jumper and made it to this level very quickly in open company. Joe competed in countless Championships, Nationals, Grand Prix's and Six Bar Jumping events.

Joe's highest jump ever was at the display jumping night at the Appaloosa Nationals where the American Judges could not believe an Appaloosa could jump higher than they were tall. 6ft 3" was the highest this 15.2hand high gelding ever successfully cleared on numerous occasions.

Warrior Joe was not only a horse that could jump amongst its own breed but also made Appaloosa's a force to be reckon with in the Open Show Jumping Arenas around Australia. Joe received Sapphire, Diamond and Platinum awards for Show jumping with numerous ROM's and other certificates.

Warrior Joe retired from open show jumping at the age of 19.

This superb horse has spent recent years helping a young bullied child learn confidence and how to show jump. He has won six junior Championships in the last year. This kid has gone from zero to hero. And this kid’s hero is called 'Warrior Joe'.


Double D Suzanna Plaudit

Born 1991 Sire: Melville Regal Plaudit Dam: Sunday Sue X (imp) “Suzie” was bred by Len and Jean Haynes of Double D Appaloosa Stud, in Orange, NSW. Initially Suzie wasn’t destined for a show career until Debbie Pearson noticed there was something special about her and brought her home to Middle L Appaloosa Stud where she would spend the rest of her more than extravagant show career.

Suzie was broken in and at 2 years of Age competed at her first NSW Appaloosa State Show. At this show she competed in all 2yr old events and Dressage, winning her first Preliminary Dressage Test and the 2yo Trail.

Chris Fletcher resided and Trained at Middle L Appaloosa Stud with the Pearson family. He began Suzie in her Reining Career. In her first year of Reining as a 3yo she won the 3YO Crystal Classic Futurity at the Appaloosa Nationals plus her age reining event. She moved on to competing in the freestyle reining’s, with a memorable performance in Indian Costume with Debbie Pearson and Chris Fletcher doubling to the Techo beat of “Tribal Dance”. In the 2 year dedicated to her reining career she was unbeatable.

As a 5yo, due to her versatility Suzie slowed down a pace, but kept up the hard work becoming and Amateur Horse for Debbie. She competed in every event across the program from Dressage through to Reining, winning a precented amount of Champions, Hi Points of Shows and HI Points of Australia at National and State Level.

During this time Suzie was also becoming a child’s horse with Tamara and Tyler, who both began showing her at State and National Level, Tamara in Junior Youth and Tyler beginning in lead line. As the years went on the rider swaps continued with Debbie Riding Amateur & The kids riding in 2 youth age groups.

She taught the kids everything they know. It made Debbie’s job so much easier & much of the work and the patience was all to her credit. Suzie never put a foot wrong, allowing Tamara as a 9yo to Receive HI Point Youth of Australia 13year and under

Suzie was also quite a competitive Hack horse. During her career, Suzie earned every award she ever received including: ROM Certificates in Western Riding, Pleasure, Hack, Trail, Bridle Path Hack. Bronze Medallions in Pleasure &Trail & Recognitions in Halter, Pleasure, Trail, Reining, Dressage, Hack, Western Riding

She was the main contributor to helping Debbie gain her Amateur Versatility Award and Award of Excellence Number 2 in 1997. In 2006 Tamara Received Youth Versatility number 9 and in Youth Versatility Number 10 for Tyler, both awarded again from Suzie’s versatile contributions.

Suzie was a pleasure to own, never got injured or fell ill. The only time the family had a scare, was at a NSW State Show with a sever bout of colic. There was no question between the family; any measure was going to be taken to save her. Before Surgery there may have only been 15% chance of survival, but Suzie again showed her dedication to the family, her strong spirit and pulled through. After a 6-8month healing process and a long scar under her belly she was back in the show ring like any other day.

Suzie competed until the age of 16 and in 2007 Suzie was bred to P.S Totally Irresistabelle, owned by the Pearson Family and Standing at Middle L Appaloosa Stud.

In 2008 Suzie produced a solid Chestnut Gelding “Middle L Try N Sue Me”, “Hank” was claimed by Tamara before he was born and has become a Multi-State and National Open & Amateur Performance Champion. 2010/11 AAA Hi Point 2yo Performance Horse of Australia.

Suzie has also had 2 other foals: Middle L Superstition in 2009 successfully shown at Nationals and State Level and Middle L Unsueabelle in 2011.

Suzie now spends her days as a broodmare on Middle L Appaloosa Stud with the Pearson Family, in a paddock bossing around and taking charge of her fellow broodmares. She is still the strong and kind personality she always was & occasionally takes someone around the paddock bareback just to show us she has still got it.