Appaloosa Journal

NOV 2018

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

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62 Appaloosa Journal November 2018 & I Written by Ashley Lloyd t is my pleasure to introduce to you two Appaloosa enthusiasts from former East Germany: Torsten and Elke Bauriedl. When asked, "Why the Appaloosa?" Torsten said, "As a boy, I was a fan of the American Indians. I lived in the East of Germany thinking I would never see the U.S. In East Germany, horses were too expensive; only a small group had horses." Torsten knew at a very young age that he wanted to own a horse. Even though he "started with other breeds, the Appaloosa was a program from America established by American Indians. I like the Appaloosa because they have a personality." Torsten and Elke Bauriedl have owned horses since 1998, but Torsten's long-held dream of owning an Appaloosa was realized in 2007. Torsten purchased a stunning black and white stallion named Tassilo. Tassilo proved to be versatile in the show pen, becoming a 4X European Champion in Snafflebit Reining, Trail, Western Pleasure, and Youth Reining. Having such a great stallion meant the Bauriedls needed broodmares for their Thunder Horse Ranch. Tassilo sired a total of 17 foals in Germany. By 2011, the Bauriedl children were fully grown and left the nest. Torsten and Elke decided to sell Thunder Horse Ranch in order for Torsten to be closer to work, as his office was 400 miles away from the ranch. That same year, Torsten started his search for a good Appaloosa cutter or reiner. Torsten had always loved cutting in general, but not just any breed of horse would do. No— Torsten wanted an Appaloosa cutting horse. Via the Internet, Torsten discovered Eager Roxie, sired by Gay Bars Silver and out of a daughter of I'ma Doc O'Lena. "Roxie" was appealing to Torsten because, "I liked her size, strong build, and yellow coat." In the 2010 ApCHA Futurity, Roxie won the first go—a good sign! However, the second go lacked luster, and Roxie came in third overall. Torsten, a savvy businessman, wanted to make sure this mare would bring him success in the Appaloosa world, so he asked Mike Combs, Roxie's trainer, why she won first on the first day, but had such a bad run on the second day? Mike explained to Torsten that "she was 'horsey' the second day." At that time, Torsten's English wasn't strong. Torsten al- ready knew that Roxie was a horse—that much was clear. However, the term "hors- ey" was not yet a part of his vocabulary. Tor- sten later discovered, and has since shared with the German horse world, that "horsey" is a very western term for "a mare in heat." Going on gut instinct, Torsten struck a deal with Robert Bjorkman (Roxie's breeder). Mike Combs continued to train in 2011, and the Baueridl's were not dis- appointed. At the 2011 World Show, Roxie won the ApCHA Derby and earned Re- serve World Champion in Jr. Cutting—sec- ond only to a young stallion by Smart Little Lena. This success encouraged the Baur- iedls to keep Roxie in the states one more year with Mike Combs. At the 2012 World Show, Roxie won the Jr. Cutting with first go score of 221, Roxie Dreams Determination

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