dad purchased our first horse when I was three years old. I spent my entire youth participating in local shows and playdays. My dad was a cattle farmer, so I also spent a good deal of time helping to work cattle on the farm. By the time I was a teen, I had developed a knack for starting the young horses.
When I was about 13 years old, my dad became interested in cutting horses. He purchased a yearling stallion, named Duke Doc Bar, as an NCHA futurity prospect. It was not long until I had developed a passion for cutting, myself. There is no greater thrill than watching a good cutting horse “do the dance”. Dad spent several years breeding, training and showing cutting horses.
During my senior year in high school, I decided to join the Navy. I had a car accident after I graduated, which led to me being discharged before I was to leave for basic training. I suffered a broken neck, causing paralysis from the neck down. Eventually, after many months of physical therapy, I was able to walk and use my arms. I still have some loss of movement on the right side of my body.
I spent most of my adult life working and raising my children and not being involved with horses. When I would travel to my parents’ house for visits I loved to get a little ride in or just hang out in the field with Dad’s horses for a bit. I really missed having horses in my life. Finally, in 2008, I decided that I was not going to live without my first love any longer. We purchased a small farm and began preparing to have "a" horse.
I am not sure why I became so intrigued by the Appaloosa. I had only had experience with Quarter Horses up to this point. I have always been captivated by their beautiful coat patterns, but my dad, an avid QH man, always told me how "crazy" they were. I just knew that these must be awful horses! I began researching online and was amazed at what the foundation breeders had to say about their horses...."calm, intelligent, hardy, easy to train". I became hooked on the idea of owning one for myself....so the search began. I found a breeder's web site which had a weanling colt that I thought was amazing. I immediately wanted one just like him. It turns out that the dam of this colt was for sale bred back to the same stallion. I purchased the beautiful mare who, the following spring, gave me a fabulous filly, who looked much like her brother. And so it began….
I now have five horses…three foundation bred Appaloosas, one Kiger Mustang, and a Kiger-loosa filly. As a “newby” to the Appaloosa breed, it did not take me long to figure out that something was wrong with the way the parent club was operating. I was astounded to find that horses with very little Appaloosa blood were given full blood registration status. This did not seem right to me. I am not a genius, but I DO know that that for an Appaloosa to be a true “breed”, they must only be bred to other Appaloosas. It was shocking to me to see what was representing the Appaloosa in the show ring. Those horses often can’t be distinguished from Quarter Horses.
I was very pleased to discover ICAA. I look forward to being involved with an organization that promotes the development of the Appaloosa as a true “breed”. I believe that rampant outcrossing has put this wonderful breed of horse in danger of being lost. I hope to share in the effort to preserve the Appaloosa and breed it toward actual purebred status.
My name is Brandy Deck. I am 45 years old. I have been married for 19 years and have three beautiful daughters. I am a draftsman for a local civil engineer. My husband is an ordained minister, and our family serves actively in our church.
I pretty much grew up on the back of a horse. My
breeding can fail. I am a firm believer in not breeding horses that have a genetic defect and have found in the ICAA an association that believes in pure breeding and doesn’t get swayed by the money that is attained by breeding HYPP and Herda Carrier horses, as the bigger associations are. I was also dismayed in finding that a many Appaloosa World and National Champions are no more than glorified Thoroughbred or Quarter Horses with spots.
I am thrilled to be involved in an organization that believes in the Appaloosa Breed and excited in the possibilities that are ahead of us. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns you may have.
Conny Riedel, 751 Cowboys Ln, Springtown, TX 76082, (817) 583-4904
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I have been a Certified Horsemanship Instructor (Level 2 English & Western) for 12 + years, with many years of instructing horsemanship prior to my certification. I was involved in 4H as an Equine Instructor and Leader for over 7 years. We host students from Europe every summer through the Internex RanchStay program and help them learn English and Horsemanship.
I was born and raised with horses, my father was a Guide and Outfitter for many, many years in the mountains around Jasper/Hinton/Grande Cache, Alberta. We had a pack string of over 50 horses at one time. I have worked in various aspects of the horse industry over the years – trail guide, wrangler, stable hand at a thoroughbred breeding farm, trainer, have started colts since I was about 12 or so, did all my own hoof trimming (natural) until last couple of years (arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome taking their toll on the hands), instructor, clinician etc. I have also been involved in organizing large trail rides and local, open horse shows.
I have been breeding, raising and training Appaloosa horses since 1994 when my husband and I purchased our farm. We have sold horses all across Canada, the USA and also some to Europe. I hold an Equine Breeders Certificate from the University of Guelph.
I also hold a Vet Tech diploma from Fairview College, graduated in 1978 and have worked in the field for a long time. Now am retired from clinic work as the farm requires most of my time and energy as my husband works about 7 hours away and is gone 75% of the time. The children are grown and gone, living their own lives. I have also mostly retired from teaching the past couple of years in order to concentrate more time and energy on riding for me, before I am too old to really enjoy it. I have also taken up driving, trained one of my broodmares for the cart a couple years ago, absolutely love it! Will be able to enjoy this long after mounting a horse becomes an obstacle. I will be training my 2 year old black leopard gelding for driving in the future.
I believe that I bring a great deal of experience to the organization and hopefully some insight into the industry and the issues it faces in today’s world. I actively try to stay in touch with what is happening through the internet, magazines, newsletters and by attending various educational opportunities such as the Alberta Horse Owner’s and Breeder’s Conference and the Mane Event. I also try to attend at least one Horsemanship clinic per year in order to stay sharp and continue to improve my horsemanship skills.
Yellowhead County, AB Canada
I am married to Lynn Roy Hokanson for the past 29 years. We have a yours, mine and ours family totaling 5 children, all grown and gone. We have 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The family continues to grow!
the first horse I had ever ridden. I found out after that it was also the first time anyone rode Smokey. She was an Appaloosa mare and I was hooked! She had a foal the next year and I was ecstatic to find out that the foal was my birthday present on my 12th birthday. He was a bay with a blanket and spots. Champion was my buddy for several years! We rode Smokey and Champion for several years during which I studied the history behind the Appaloosas and became an even bigger fan!
At present I have a Foundation bred Toby mare that traces back to Toby 10 times. She is a wonderful bay with a beautiful log black mane and tail! Wendy is great! I am completely sold out on the ICAA theme of the Blood Breed Appaloosa! We want to get back to as close to the original Appaloosa of the Neemepoo as possible. These horses are gentle and tough as they come! I love their resilience! We have a golden Opportunity to show the world what a unique and wonderful breed the Appaloosa is. The Appaloosa is not a colored Thoroughbred, Arabian, or Quarter Horse, it is a unique and special American Breed! After the economic problems of the last few years world wide, we have the great privilege of offering true value in a unique and historically rich breed as well as a great family friendly horse that can do anything we want them to do! One of the true all around horses there are today!
I am Ron Seamons, proudly ICAA District Rep. Please get with me and together we can build a great ICAA hub in the intermountain west!
This is Ronald Hendrickson Seamons. I live in Orem Utah.
I have loved horses my entire life! When I would watch shows on TV or in the movie theater and there was a horse I was more interested in the horse than the story unfolding on the screen. When I was 11 my uncle had me ride a mare, Smokey. It was
Audrey Pavia has been a lover of Appaloosas since the age of 10. She has owned several ICAA-registered Appaloosas since the organization was founded. The author of six horse books, including "Appaloosa Spirit" and "Horses for Dummies," Audrey is a former editor of Horse Illustrated magazine. An avid trail rider, she lives in Norco, Calif.
with no out crossing and are very pleased with the foals being produced as a result of this practice. Our goal is to someday see an 8 generation Purebred Appaloosa produced. We currently have several 6 generation horses and are expecting the first 7 generation App to App bred horse to be born in 2015. The ICAA Registry has the vision that we believe will finally lead to the production of Purebred Appaloosa Horses and my family and I are proud to be ICAA supporters. As an ICAA Representative I will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. My contact information is - email: email@example.com phone: (615) 408-4667.
Jan Dobson, ICAA Representative for District II. My family and I live in Middle Tennessee, about 60 miles East of Nashville, Tn. I have been married to Stan Dobson for almost 50 years and we have raised Appaloosa Horses for over 45 years. Our children grew up riding, showing and loving the Appaloosa Horse and I am proud to say that they are still involved in raising Appaloosas. At Foggy Valley Farms and Three D Appaloosas we believe in Appaloosa to Appaloosa breeding
back for short stays. Since then, I've lived in Guam, Louisiana, Idaho, Arizona, and currently I live in New Mexico on a 100,000 acre cattle ranch.
When I lived in Idaho, I had what I still consider to be my dream job. I worked for a few years at the ApHC in the registration department. I had the awesome task of looking at baby pictures all day long, along with a smattering of adult horses here and there. I did descriptions and send-out mostly, but also learned to do all of the other jobs surrounding registration such as stallion reports, listings, transfers, pedigree updates, etc. I was there to register the first baby of the new millennium. One of my biggest regrets in life is that I left Idaho and so my job there.
I met Dave Higgins in a rather odd fashion. One day, while doing send-out at the ApHC, a gorgeous buckskin leopard named Sapelos Mr June Bug came across my desk and I noticed the owner was in Shipshewana, IN. I slipped a note in saying how much I loved the horse and that I used to haul cattle up to Shipshewana. What will be a lifelong friendship was born and I was immersed into the world of ICAA.
I do not show and have never had the desire to. I get bored quickly in an arena and just want to say, "Open the gate!" My love is to ride into God's country, as far back as the trails will take me, the rougher the better. That has always been my passion and challenge. I've ridden in the mountains of Arkansas, in the extremely rough and rocky mountains of Southeastern Oklahoma, in Brown County State Park of Indiana, in the mountains of Northern Idaho, and in many other much less spectacular places.
I've bred Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, Paints, and a few Miniatures over the years, with a passion for the cow bred Appaloosas and Quarter Horses. There is nothing like watching a new foal come into this world and get up on those wobbly legs for the first time. Currently I'm not breeding, and I do miss the babies.
As a child, I begged and begged for a horse, but it wasn't until I was 12 years old that I finally talked my parents into it. My first horse was a registered buckskin Mustang mare and she was in foal by a little known Appaloosa named Number 7. At that time, the ApHC allowed a Mustang cross to be registered. That was the beginning of a lifetime love affair with the Appaloosa.
I was born and raised in Indiana, but never cared to stay. In the late '80's I left and have only been
produced a string of excellent foals while acquiring an impressive list of winnings in Halter, Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Reining, Cutting, as well as Stump, Rope and Stakes Races.
While training horses to support my family and Quanah Parker’s show career, I also became a local renowned judge and instructor. As a judge, I was strict on conformation and in halter I picked using horses. Not just ones with bulk. I became well known for my special ability to judge youth classes, judging fairly and discussing with them their strong and weak points, giving them the tools they needed to succeed.
In 1963 Quanah Parker was the Indiana Appaloosa Association's high-point senior cutting Appaloosa and he tied for reserve high-point all-around performance Appaloosa. My experiences in the show ring and breeding Quanah Parker gave me a strong appreciation of the qualities inherent in the Appaloosa: superior versatility and trainability with a disposition that meets the various needs of a family rather than requiring the hand of a professional.
To avoid the turbulent politics building within the ApHC, I spent the next decades focusing on promoting the Appaloosa in open shows. I judged open shows throughout the Midwest and spent many hours training both horses and riders in a variety of disciplines.
In 1991, a handful of die-hard Appaloosa breeders felt the need to preserve a nearly extinct breed: the Appaloosa. The International Colored Appaloosa Association, Inc was born. I have served as the ICAA President from 1991 to 1997, and since 1997 I have been chairman/CEO of the Board of Trustees.
I first got involved with Appaloosas back in 1960. I was showing a grade mare and a black Quarter Horse mare against Appaloosas a lot, and losing a lot. That was when I realized the potential of the spotted breed, so in 1962 I purchased my first Appaloosa mare.
Smitten with the breed, I shortly thereafter acquired Quanah Parker, ApHC #3057. The leopard stallion
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The International Colored Appaloosa Association, Inc was conceived by several concerned, long-time breeders and owners for the purpose of saving and restoring the Appaloosa as a breed. The ICAA's intent is to preserve the blood-breed Appaloosa, its heritage, to promote this versatile and athletic breed throughout the world, and to develop the Purebred Appaloosa. In great part, this can be accomplished through educational materials, shows, and other programs of interest to owners, breeders, and Appaloosa enthusiasts.
A joint statement from the founding ICAA Board of Trustees states:
Today the Appaloosa breed is suffering and teeters on the brink of extinction. We want to go on record with our solution to the otherwise final demise of the Appaloosa breed:
* Return the Appaloosa breed registry to the industry with the welfare and purity of the breed truly in mind.
* Return to registration rules and regulations that truly preserve not only color, but the breed's distinctive conformation, characteristics, and all Appaloosa breed traits.
* Educate Appaloosa owners and breeders about their own breed. Quality and all breed traits do not have to be sacrificed for color, nor is the Appaloosa to be considered merely a color breed.
* Truly promote the breed. Our real market is the everyday horse enthusiast who attends open shows and wants a horse for the whole family to enjoy.
We are principled breeders who firmly believe in this breed and in proper breeding practices that will return the breed to its own conformation and from otherwise certain extinction. There is no such thing as "too much Appaloosa" in a pedigree. ICAA is the incorporated blood-breed Appaloosa registry with its books closed to other breeds.
From the ICAA bylaws: "...to preserve the (equine breed of Appaloosa) from undesirable introductions or influences of equine breeds or colors by maintaining stud books closed to other equine breeds or by declaring ineligible for registry breeding animals of unacceptable colorations."
Goals of the Association
The International Colored Appaloosa Association, Inc was founded in 1991 by a small group of Appaloosa enthusiasts who recognized the impact rampant crossbreeding was having on the Appaloosa. The ICAA is incorporated in Nevada.
My name is Conny Riedel and I have been interested in the Appaloosa breed since the day I met my first horse, an Appaloosa mare named High Hand Rosie. We both moved from Germany to the States in 2003 and in the following years, I bred her twice and she answered my hopes in giving me a stallion and a mare.
I met my now-husband in 2014 and he has been a tremendous help with all the horses from foal to mare to stallion. I don’t think he was aware of what he was going to marry into when he met me.
Having worked as an ICU technician in a big Equine clinic for the past 6 years, I had the opportunity to watch what a good breeding can accomplish and also how a bad
At the end of February 2017 I will have been married to Richard lay for 30 years! Both of us were raised with ponies and/or horses and got away from them to make our way in the world. We are both veterans of the U.S. Navy - Richard having retired after almost 25 years of faithful service. We currently trail ride as often as we can and own 5 beautiful Appaloosas.
As a girl a good friend of mine was given a
present - a perfect bay/blanketed Appaloosa gelding. Of course I didn’t know a thing about blankets at the time. Though I loved my buckskin mare dearly I really wanted her horse This family was quite a bit higher on the financial scale than my family and lived on a 300 acre ranch - a large one for the area, even in that time. So for me an Appaloosa in general was a luxury I never thought I would be lucky enough to own! I think that started the dream for me but it wouldn’t be realized until many years later.
Once Richard retired, we first bought a small herd of cattle and afterwards we slowly got back into horses. We had planned to build an Appaloosa breeding operation but ended up jumping in before we had anticipated due to a local breeder’s death and subsequent liquidation of all of his horses. Thus began our most recent equine journey. We had several ups and downs and eventually decided to concentrate on enjoying our horses rather than continuing a breeding operation and sold some of our breeding stock. while we still plan to breed in a limited fashion, our first love is trail riding and camping with our horses. We also play “cow” games for fun in the winter in a nearby enclosed arena.
I first became aware of the “Appaloosa” debate on a message board I followed and was dismayed and unhappy to learn that a horse with as little as 1/8 blood Appaloosa was registered as a full Appaloosa. Like most people (I think) I always believed a breed was a breed but when I found out that a fully registered horse could be comprised of such a small percentage of Appaloosa blood I was shocked. For many years I tried to make a difference and change minds about what actually constitutes a breed but I felt like I made NO meaningful progress. This coincided with the decision to sell our breeding stock and concentrate on enjoying our horses. I gave up the argument and had decided to give up registries all together.
Eventually I found ICAA and began to study their rule structure and what the registry was about. Here was a registry that seemed to believe in a breed as I did and they had been around for quite a number of years. They believed in themselves enough to register THEIR horses without first going thru any other registry. A clean break from all the other registries once my horses were registered with them! It was at this point that I started trying to get the word out about a registry that I truly felt cared about the BREED over monetary issues. I restructured my Facebook board and wrote about these issues as I saw them. I began encouraging everyone to check out ICAA.
I was very happy to accept the position of district representative and am so excited about our future possibilities! I am new to doing this area representative job but one thing is certain; I will always do what I think is best for the Appaloosa breed that I have loved since childhood. I will do my best to help this registry grow and protect the breed. I am excited about the possibilities we have going forward! It is a great time to be involved in this breed.
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