Appaloosa Journal

OCT 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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80 Appaloosa Journal October 2018 5th World 1965: Country Club Downs, Scottsdale, Arizona, November 18-21. 10 races over 2 days, 220 yards, 250, 300 for maidens, 300 open, 350, 440 for 2 & over, 440 for 2 and 3 year olds, 440 for 4 & over, 660 yards and 5 furlongs. Yet another "first" for Appaloosa racing, these were the first ApHC-approved and Charted races for Appaloosas in the State of Arizona, and as already noted, ended racing at World Championship Shows. After years of racing at both the National and World Shows, what prompted their discontinuation? Why Racing Ended The ApHC was on a roll during the 1960s, measured by the tremendous growth in memberships, registrations, and Region - al Clubs cited earlier. Such growth combined with additional facts cited by the Board of Directors at their 1966 meeting dur - ing the 19th National Show in Syracuse, New York, offer the best explanation for discontinuing racing. From that meeting: "The Board recognized the fact that when Appaloosa racing was held initially at both the National Show and the World Cham - pionship Performance Show, little racing was available for Ap- paloosas. Now (June 1966), there are many places Appaloosa horses can race. Providing racing facilities greatly limits the locations at which a National Show or World Championship Performance Show can be held. The Board is studying the pos - sibility of eliminating races from both Shows." Study they did, and as we've seen, racing at the National ended in 1967 after the 20th National Show in Walla Walla, Washington, and after the Scottsdale World in 1965. Although the hard data prompt - ing the Board's 1966 decision to study the future of National/ World racing was not included in the Minutes, we've studied the growth of racing and now detail the following historical in - formation that no doubt supported their final decision. Expanded Racing Opportunities Racing opportunities for Appaloosas expanded quickly and significantly in the early 1960s. For all practical purposes, the rapid increase in the number of states passing pari-mutuel leg- islation for Appaloosas complimented by the ApHC's decision to approve non-pari-mutuel races eliminated the necessity for promotion of racing at the National/World Shows. In 1963, only two states had adopted pari-mutuel racing for Appaloosas. Oregon hosted 2 races and 9 were held in New Mexico. That same year, the board had also approved 27 non-pari-mutuel races, 2 in Oregon, 7 in Idaho, 6 in Colorado and 12 in Ne- vada (the World races at Thunderbird Downs). Major expan- sion took place in 1964: 25 pari-mutuel races were run in 3 states and 105 non-pari-mutuel races had been approved. 1965 witnessed even greater opportunities: 57 pari-mutuel races in 5 states along with approval of 172 non-pari-mutuels. Remem- bering the board's concern expressed in the 1966 minutes cit- ed earlier, the 1966 racing season ended with 83 pari-mutuels hosted in 6 states and approval of 199 non-pari-mutuels. Appa- loosa racing was now entering its heyday of opportunities, no doubt eliminating the importance of promotion at any future National/World Shows. General Custer won not only the 1/2 mile race, but was honored as the first World Champion Performance Horse after winning Championships in Senior Western Pleasure, Senior Reining, and Camas Prairie Stumps. Bred by legendary Appaloosa breeder Fernie Hubbard, Clyde Park, Montana and owned by the ApHC's largest breeder, Charlie Peterson, Atkinson, Nebraska, the stallion was trained and ridden to his titles by renown all-breed Nebraska horseman Lowell Ferrell. Chan's Clabberette, racing on the California circuit in the mid- 1960s and winning at Santa Rosa for owner Suzanne (Koch) Mell, won his only start at the 1965 World Show. The win at 250 yards ended a season where earlier in June, the stallion had finished a strong 2nd to Babsarokee Bull Pup in the tough Go-Mar Futurity. XIT Hancock, an all-around performance gelding owned by Kandy Anderson, won the 1/4 mile race for 2-year-olds at the 1st World Show.

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