Appaloosa Journal

DEC 2018

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

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greener pastures 18 Appaloosa Journal December 2018 O Blue Boy Spot My 2007-2018 n October 1, 2018, Spot My Blue Boy was laid to rest due to recovery complications from his January 2018 broken leg. Domino, as he was affectionately known around the world, was a 2007 striking bay leopard stallion sired by the leg- endary Skys Blue Boy. His ashes will be buried under a freshly planted Live Oak tree in front of his barn at Chepota Farm. A stone memorial commemorating his life will be placed beside its trunk. Rebecca Hogan of Weatherford, Texas, bought Domino in 2009 from his breeders Linda and Ray Monaco. "After talking for a year, I took the money I was saving for a truck and bought him instead," Hogan said. "I was completely out of my depth. It was a leap of, not faith, but lifelong dreams. He made all my dreams come true." Domino won the title of 2012 World's Best Appaloosa after garnering five World Championships and six National Cham- pionships in three years. Lisa Ligon, his first and most endur- ing trainer said, "He was one of the most kind and trainable horses I ever had the privilege of working with. He had a great personality. Just a damn good boy." Ligon has trained many of his winning offspring. In 2012, he retired to the breeding shed and with less than 70 foals of showing age, he has sired 19 World Championships, nine National Championships, one Re- serve Congress Championship, one BCF Championship and 12 European Championships. Domino was a gentle giant and always exceptionally well behaved. "I never worried about introducing him to new peo- ple," Hogan said. "Even small children could love on his face without concern. He showed incredible heart after his injury. He took every treatment with massive stoicism and remained happy until the end even though he was uncomfortable. "Spot My Blue Boy was my entire life for the last eleven years. So many people guided me in making him the top stallion that he was. I was so hopeful he was coming back from his injury. Losing him has left such an ache in my heart. I am devastated, but seeing his babies do well is very gratifying to me."

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