Point Winners for 2011 Show season were awarded during the Mid-Winter
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Congratulations to all our 2011 GKCAHA
High-Point Award Winners!
* PB Halter - winner Klapsych Elegance,
Karen Heeb; 2nd Verdi DH, Diana Huddleston
* PB Western - winner RA Psychedelic, Robert
Ross and Carol Baker
* PB English - winner DA Debonair, Chrissy
* PB Country English - winner Klapsych Elegance,
Karen Heeb; 2nd Next Contestant, Jeanna Clanton
* PB Hunter- winner Oscar De La Hoya, Jeanna
* HA Country English - winner Perfec Sense,
* HA Hunter - winner Rockafella Fame, Abby Seitz
* HA Costume/show hack/side saddle - winner
Perfec Sense, Cindy Kunkel, 2nd Dare Me UF, Shelby Norris
* Equitation/showmanship - winner Taylor Richman
* Walk-trot -winner Trenady Keeton, 2nd Taylor
* High point 13 & under - winner Trenady Keeton,
2nd Shelby Norris, 3rd Taylor Richman
* High Point 14 - 17 - winner Kristin Moore
* GKCAHA High-Point Champion - PB Klapsych
Elegance, Karen Heeb
* GKCAHA High-Point Champion - HA Perfec Sense,
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USEF National Champion Arabian Halter
Klapsych Elegance (SF
Psyche Cynead x Klasic Atracshahn) was recently honored at the United
States Equestrian Foundation Banquet in Lexington, KY, as National
Champion Arabian Halter Horse 2010.
She was bred and
raised by Karen Heeb and shown in this picture by Kristin Moore of San
Antonio, TX. During 2010 "Elle" was shown throughout Regions 8 & 11 to
numerous Championships by junior owner/handler Krisitn Moore and trainer
Kevin Jochens of Equestrian Heights.
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image)Picture submitted by Karen Heeb and Kristin Moore.
GKCAHA Fall Fun
Fun was had by all who attended the GKCAHA Fall
Fun Fest on Saturday,
November 6, at
Glass Horse Farm’s new facility in Raymore.
Over 100 members and guests toured the beautiful
new barn and arena, noting all the amenities.
Glen and Sharon True were
the hosts for the event and everyone enjoyed a delicious
barbecue dinner. Two stars of the evening were Sharon’s national champion horses Popper and
Hank (nicknames), who just received their awards in Tulsa at the
Arabian National Championship Show. The trophies and rose
garlands were on
display in the barn office for all to
Part of the Fun Fest was
devoted to a AHA Resolutions Meeting, which
discussion on several topics of interest to owners and exhibitors of
The GKCAHA delegates, Cindy
Kunkel, Glen and Sharon True, will take the input of the members to the
AHA Convention, to be held in
later in November.
GKCAHA hopes to make the
Fall Fun Fest an annual event. Everyone can look
forward to the next event for members, the Midwinter Celebration, to be
Saturday, January 22, 6:00
at the Lions Club Building in
It will be a
potluck dinner, with the barbecue meat
and drinks to be provided by GKCAHA.
Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or
dessert for all to share.
Thanks to Glass Horse Farm for hosting the Fall
Fun Fest. It was a great evening of fun and
Will Skole, 2010 American Royal Arabian
Horse Person of the Year!
The American Royal has chosen Will Skole as the
American Royal Arabian Horse Person of the Year! This honor was
presented to Will by last years winner Glen True. Congratulations
GKCAHA donates to HELP Humane
Sharon True and Mary
Dobson presented the Greater Kansas City Arabian Horse Association with
a donation of $1000.00 to the HELP Humane Society of Belton Missouri.
They are a no kill animal shelter in Belton. If you would like to
get more information call 816.318.HELP (4357). You can find them
on the web at
motto is "Our clients are homeless pets. We hope to be out of business
Liberty Meadows in the news!
Liberty Meadows wins the Saddle at the Gold
Star Futurity!" JA Liberty Bey, owned by Ali Moore and trained by
Alan Clanton, both of Liberty Meadows Training Center in Raymore, won
the big prize at the IA Gold Star in Des Moines over Labor day weekend.
'Libby' , with Joe Frizzel aboard, won the PB Western ATR Maiden horse,
and the saddle donated by Uncle Bob. Congratulations to Ali, Alan
and Liberty Meadows!
Dominic "Don" Ferro passed away Friday, May 15,
2009, at the age of 96. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20, at the Church of the Nativity, 3800 W. 119th, Leawood,
Kan., where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian
Burial has been changed to 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at St. Michael the
Archangel, 14201 Nall, Leawood. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to St. Jude's
Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Don
was born the son of Antonino and Sebastiana (Bessy Orlando) Ferro on
Jan. 3, 1913, in Camporeale, Sicily, Italy. Don's family was his number
one priority and he enjoyed traveling with them. He had a passion for
training and competing with Arabian horses, and riding at trail rides
until the age of 85. Don was preceded in death by his brother, Steve
Ferro. He leaves behind his wife, Angelina; daughter and son-in- law,
Beth and Frank Oddo; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Gloria Ferro;
grandchildren, Rick and Karen Oddo, Jeff and Karen Oddo, Brad and Liz
Oddo, Jennifer and Matthew Winston, Greg and Tiffany Ferro; 10 great
grandchildren; brother, Frank (Mary) Ferro; and a large family,
including many nieces and nephews. Arr.: McGilley State Line Chapel
(information provided by
Mike Norris/TM Tenacious Region
Region 11 was our first show this year
with our gelding, TM Tenacious. We went with two goals, first was to get
Mike in the ring showing his horse in the Amateur class and crossing our
fingers we would win. Second, we needed to get Tenacious qualified for
the Open gelding classes so our trainer could show him. Of course our
little shining star Tenacious pulled through for us once again.
Mike took Tee in the Amateur class first and won the class. He had a very
lovely show and afterwards we went over the things that Mike needs to
work on and the things he needs to keep doing and the things he never
needs to do again, haha. But their showing was beautiful. A few of the
halter people told us that Tenacious scored the highest score ever given
to an Arabian since the new system has been in place. That was a pretty
cool accomplishment. It seems like Tenacious is just full of new things
for us to look forward to. Bruce was supposed to show Tenacious in the
Open class for Mike. Unfortunately with Dillon not at the show, and a
class between the halter and Bruce’s western class he was not able to
show Tee. He informed us that Mike would be showing the open class with
Tee. I have to say, Mike was pretty nervous about that but Bruce kept
assuring Mike that he would be fine and the horse would do very well.
Besides, all we needed was a Top Five to qualify and they were fairly
certain Mike could fall down while running (not Mike’s strong suit) and
they would still make a Top Five with Tee. So off Mike went to show his
horse, he was concentrating coming in the gate and forgot to do a circle
at the beginning before trotting down the rail. The rest of the show the
pair did a very nice job. When it came to calling out the Champion in
the open class, Tenacious was named the Open Gelding Champion at Region
11 with his amateur owner Mike Norris leading him. We were all very
excited! Mike was thrilled that Mike Neal came and shook his hand and
told him some very complimentary things afterwards. He really liked the
wonderful sportsmanship shown.
When Noel suggested I write something about Region 11 I wasn’t sure if
everyone wanted to hear about TM Tenacious and Mike Norris, yet again. I
guess everyone likes to hear about each other’s successes so I tried to
condense what we accomplished in Springfield. Tee is a great beautiful
horse and he loves doing his job, it shows when you watch him. We feel
so very lucky to own him and love him every day. I am so glad that Mike
noticed his beauty and that Blake made it possible for us to buy him!
GKCAHA Pony Express Show
Saturday, August 1, was the perfect evening
for an outdoor horse show, and exhibitors and spectators both responded
by turning out in big numbers for the GKCAHA Pony Express Show at
Longview Horse Park. We have endured stormy weather and extremely
hot days to put on this show, and we were finally rewarded for our
perseverance with mild temperatures and a big crowd.
Approximately 93 horses were brought in,
and several classes had 15 or more entries. Two judges were
responsible for deciding the winners:
Lane Patterson for the Lite-Shod and Foxtrotter
classes and Blake Skole for the bulk of the show. The
concession stand, run by Gary & Janice Holt, served all the traditional
foods, as well as Janice’s
homemade fried fruit pies, a treat many people
GKCAHA thanks these volunteers who helped at the
show: Blake Skole, Karen Kemper, Carol Baker, Ruth & Dan Charpie, Mike &
Chris Norris, Mackenzie Norris, Liz Goede, Lauren Woolmer, Pamm Payne,
Carol Forsythe, Kari Kemper, Scott Dobson, Mary Dobson and especially
the show manager: Jamie Moore.
GKCAHA also thanks all the exhibitors,
sponsors, and the spectators that came to watch all the beautiful
horses. It was a great evening!
(Written by Mary Dobson)
President: Pamm Payne
Vice-President: Sharon True
Secretary: Chris Norris
Treasurer: Mary Dobson
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Dobson
Delegate 3yr term: Cindy Kunkel
Board of Directors:
1 yr. term: Liz Goede, Kevin Jochens, Kari Kemper
3 yr. term: Carol Baker, Cindy Kunkel, Noel Ison
Mike Norris & TM Tenacious are
Reserve National Champion!
Mike Norris showed TM Tenacious to Reserve
Champion in Arabian Gelding In-Hand AAOTR with a score of 336 at US
Nationals. Congratulations go out to Mike and 'Tee'. Here
are some pictures of them from Nationals.
Liberty Meadows in the AH Times!
Ryan Strand and Liberty Meadows just did a 34
page spread in the Arabian Horse Times. It is a great read with
lots of information about the team that makes up Liberty Meadows.
here to read the article!
GKCAHA would like to congratulate Jeanna and
Alan Clanton on their September 13th marriage!
AHA Youth Nationals
Youth Nationals just finished up in Albuquerque,
New Mexico on Saturday August 2nd 2008. Click
here to read a wrap up of the show. You can click
here to see the show results!
Glen True chosen for multiple
of the Year awards
Glen True was honored as the National
of the Year by AHA. The recipient is chosen by the AHA Board of
Directors. It is truly a great and deserving award.
also selected as the AHA Region 11 Volunteer of the Year, an award each
Glen was also selected as the American
Professional Horsemans Association (APHA) Volunteer of the year.
And to add one more to his list, Glen was choosen
as the club volunteer of the year!
We know that GKCAHA is lucky to have Glen as a member of our group and
we already realized how much he does on behalf of our shows each year.
Congratulations to you Glen and thank you for all of your hard work and
Important American Royal News!!
Dear American Royal Arabian Horse Show
Thank you for your past participation in and support of the American
Royal Arabian Horse Show. It is one of the community’s favorite shows in
our event line-up and this year will be no exception.
Another exciting American Royal season is underway with Saturday,
September 27 and Sunday, September 28 set aside to showcase Arabian and
Half-Arabian horses. We have some new facilities, new classes and other
opportunities to share with you before the show.
Warm-up: We’ve heard from many of you that the warm-up facilities
available simply aren’t adequate. We are absolutely delighted to
announce the opening of the brand new Tom Bass Arena, located
immediately adjacent to Hale Arena. We will host a ribbon-cutting and
champagne reception in the new warm-up arena between the afternoon and
evening sessions Saturday, September 27. We are also aware the warm-up
in Scott Pavilion is sometimes not practical due to the class schedule.
A 75 x 220 warm-up arena will be located in the Governor’s Building
immediately across from the stalling area. Appropriate footing will be
installed across the Grand Hall to get from one side of the building to
Tack Taxi: It can be a long walk from the unloading doorway to your
stalls. That’s why the Tack Taxi is available to help. Just watch for
the volunteers and they’ll be happy to assist you in moving in your
Pink Ribbon Class: With Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, we’ll
be offering a special Pink Ribbon Class at this year’s show, with all
entry proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research
Foundation. The class designated for 2008 is Class 73, Purebred Hunter
Pleasure Open. Competitors are encouraged to wear something pink.
Additional contributions will be gladly accepted in honor or memory of a
Black Tie and Tails Gala: Come celebrate the entire American Royal season
with the grand finale – the Black Tie and Tails Gala on Saturday,
November 22nd. The beneficiaries of the evening will be the therapeutic
riding programs located in our community. For more information and
tickets, contact Barbara Spilker at
On behalf of the entire American Royal Horse Show Committee, thank you
for your ongoing support of Kansas City’s longest-running show. We look
forward to seeing you a few weeks.
Teresa Barton, Co-Chair
Liz Goede, Co-Chair
Glen True, Show Manager
American Royal information!
American Royal Arabian horse show will be
held September 27th & 28th, 2008 at Hale Arena. Pam Zimmerman will
be the judge this year. Save those dates on your calendars!
The GKCAHA Midwinter Celebration was held
on January 26, and everyone attending enjoyed great food and fun. Music
was provided by Lewis Bradford, and much thanks to he and Pat for
helping set up and take down. Contests were held to determine the
best scalloped potato and dessert dishes and the judges had a great time
deciding those winners! President Carol Baker recognized special
visitors of the evening, former members of GKCAHA, and especially one of
the original officers in 1964, Ruby Daily.
Two special people were awarded honorary life memberships in GKCAHA.
Kathy Risinger and Will Skole were chosen as a result of their
contributions to GKCAHA and dedication to the Arabian horse industry.
High point awards were presented, including embroidered jackets, photo
albums, trophies, etc. Carol Baker announced that the Board of
Directors had chosen Mary Dobson as Club Member of the Year, and
presented her with a
personalized keepsake of this honor. A secret bag auction
concluded the fun evening. A total of 14 bags were available for
bidding, with the contents unknown, except that one bag contained a $100
bill. The auction was lively, and the highest bid was $110. A total of
$667 was raised from the auction, and the winner of the $100 bag was
Ruby Daily’s granddaughter. GKCAHA thanks Pamm Payne for her
wonderful table decorations,
Angela O’Neill for the camera work, Carol Baker for the great awards,
and everyone who helped set up and clean up.
Elections results and meeting
Congratulations to the GKCAHA Board of
Directors-2011 group: Karen Kemper, Angela O'Neill, Ryan Strand.
Congratulations to the Delegates: 1 year term: Carol Baker and 3 year
term: Sharon True
Delegates now serve a 3 year term and 1 position will be elected each
year based on the current allotment of delegates.
As many know, new rules for exhibiting in
halter classes will be implemented in April, and the Border Bonanza will
be one of the first shows to run under these rules. As a result, there
are lots of questions about exactly what these rules require.
An informational video for judges was shown, which
clarified the new requirements. Thanks to Carol Baker, Angela O'Neill
and Glen True for leading the discussion and helping with questions.
Heather Forsythe Cutshall, former youth and
adult member of GKAHA and her husband Jacob had their first baby, Jacob
Houston Cutshall , today, May 5--
he weighed 8 lb. 10 oz. and was 21 inches long--the grandparents are Mr.
& Mrs. Curt Forsythe of Pleasant Hill. Heather and Jacob live in
We now have the "final Show Booklet" for the 2008 Border Bonanza show.
Click on the picture above or click
here to download this
Volunteers for the Border Bonanza Show are needed,
especially during the halter classes Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
morning sessions. Gate and ribbon help are always welcome. Call
Mary Dobson, Volunteer Coordinator 816-331-2888.
Region 11 scholarship information!
Region XI is proud to offer two educational
scholarships each year. The high school senior scholarship is offered
for those graduating from high school during the 2007 – 2008 school
year. It is available to any high school senior who is currently a
member of any Region XI affiliated club. Applications may be received by
Ann Hammer, Scholarship Chair, at 12154 Rose Road, Trenton, IL
62293-4640, or by downloading the application from the Region XI
website. All applications must be requested or downloaded by
the April 15, 2008 application request deadline.
All applications must be submitted by May 1, 2008 to be considered for
here for the Region 11 high
school senior scholarship form.
Also available annually is the scholarship for
continuing education. This scholarship is available to any AHA Region XI
affiliated club member who is currently attending college or university
or who graduated from high school prior to the 2007 - 2008 school year
and is planning to enroll in a college or university during the 2008 –
2009 school year. This scholarship may be awarded to a student only once
during a student’s school career. Applications may be received by
contacting Ann Hammer, Scholarship Chair, at 12154 Rose Road, Trenton,
IL 62293-4640, or by downloading the application from the Region XI
website. All applications must be requested or downloaded by
the April 15, 2008 application request deadline. All applications must
be submitted by May 1, 2008 to be considered for an award.
here for the Region 11
continuing education scholarship form.
Alert! - Missing Mares
Carol has been informed that they are at home now
with their owner. The Oklahoma club sent us an email thanking us for the
Upcoming Reining Clinic
***Reining Clinic featuring NRHA professional and
US National Champion Half Arabian Reining Futurity winner
Matt Lantz Of Lantz Performance Horses, Saturday May 17, 2008 Scoggins
Training Center, Tuscola, IL
Space limited to ride in the clinic. All net proceeds going to fund
additional prize money in the Region XI reining classes. Cost to
participate $250 to ride or $50 to observe. Contact Brian Scoggins
217-369-4937 for additional information.
Trainer Clinic Enjoyed by Attendees!!
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The GKCAHA hosted a clinic on January 28-29
featuring two nationally-known
Arabian trainers, Chris Culbreth from Scottsdale, and John Rannenberg,
Attendees came from as far as Wichita, Oklahoma
City, and Chicago, taking advantage
of the opportunity to learn from two of the best-regarded trainers in
the United States.
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On Saturday, the
sessions consisted of each trainer demonstrating proper techniques
in various disciplines as a local trainer
rode a horse in front the audience at Glass Horse
Farm. Both Chris and
John pointed out qualities and identified specific movements that
trainers strive to achieve and the judges look for in a class.
At the end of the
afternoon session both men answered audience questions on a variety of
bits, shoes, current rules and the future of the Arabian horse industry
and the Arabian
Horse Association. They had
many fascinating and insightful thoughts regarding all these
topics and more. The
conversations could have continued into the evening and beyond!
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The Sunday session
revolved around individual instruction from the trainers.
riders brought their own horses and received critiques and advice on how
improve their techniques.
A halter lesson was also included, which everyone watched
with great interest.
Chris Culbreth also provided a mini-session on the appropriate
bits for various disciplines, and explained the rule changes for the
coming show season.
also provided answers to the many questions that were asked.
At the end of the
clinic, all agreed that the weekend was worth attending.
As one attendee said, “it was a great
opportunity and a lot cheaper than going to Scottsdale or Florida for a
GKCAHA thanks all the
volunteers that helped with the Clinic, and especially
Sharon & Glen True, who provided the barn and assistance in so many
areas. All these
people made the Clinic a success!!!
Arabian Horse continues to
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Horses in general are amazing creatures. And my
horse is no exception to the rule. He loves his job and has very high
expectations from me to help him do his job the best he can. His name is
S-Pars Akubra. He is a proven Region 11 Top 5 Two-Year old Gelding and
Region 8 Champion. He is also a Region 11 Top 5 Western Pleasure
Champion. He has proven himself as in the Dressage arena with scores of
69.231, 68.75, and 67.143 earning first places in his class. He is a
wonderful Hunter Pleasure horse with too many first places to mention.
You might be asking yourself, why all the bragging. Well, Akubra is 23
years young and is still competing and loving every minute of it. My
favorite part of getting Akubra ready for a show is showing him the
trailer and watching him snort, flare his nostrils and puff up. When he
walks into a show he arches his gorgeous Arabian neck and flares his
nostrils as if saying, “Akubra’s in the house and look out because here
I come.” He is quite the showman. This horse loves his job.
Akubra is a very demanding horse. He expects to be worked everyday and
everyday should be different, because he does get bored. If we go on
trail rides we must take a different route then maybe the day before. If
we do arena work, we must change it up from hunter pleasure to western
pleasure and throw a little bareback time in there too. So, Akubra keeps
my mind working too since I have to come up with creative things for
him. Most horses would love to have a day off, not Akubra. He shows me a
lot of attitude when I give him one. Many people say Arabians have a
very kid like personality and are young at heart, that is true for
Akubra. My trainer Liz Laabs, just shakes her head and says, “That’s our
Akubra.” Akubra is a Crabbet Arabian with lines to Azraff, Raffles and
Ferzon. He is simply an amazing horse.
As Akubra has gotten a little older I always wonder if he is still able
to compete at a higher level, like the class A shows. This year he
showed me he still has what it takes. He just competed in the American
Royal Arabian Show and did an outstanding job. He competed in four
Hunter Pleasure classes and came home with 8 ribbons that consisted of
four second places, three third and one fourth. I am so very proud of my
horse and all he does. I know he will continue to do what he loves for a
long time. Akubra's future looks bright because his dam Coalicia, a
beautiful Natez x Chloette granddaughter, just passed away at the age of
32. His sire, Ramport who is a double Azraff stallion, may be the last
producing Great grandson of Azraff at age 29. Akubra is a credit to the
Mid-Winter 2011 Celebration Recap
GKCAHA members and families gathered on
Saturday, January 22, to celebrate the successes of the past
year and enjoy great food and friendship on a cold winter
After a delicious potluck dinner
highlighted by scrumptious barbecue brisket provided by the
club, everyone joined in honoring the winners from 2010. During
the evening, bags were auctioned off to the highest bidder. One
contained a secret prize, and the winner at the end of the event
was Alan Clanton.
High Point Awards were given in many
categories, and among the major winners were Dani Adams, Cindy
Kunkel and Sharon True. A special congratulations goes to
Sharon, who came home from U.S. Nationals with 3 National
Championships and 1 Reserve National Championship, a very
special accomplishment. Some of her trophies and rose garlands
were on display during the evening.
The highlight of every Midwinter
Celebration is the announcement of the Club Member of the Year
and the Sportsperson of the
Year. The Club Member Award is chosen by the Board of
Directors, and this year was a tie, with Mary Dobson and Sharon
True sharing the honor. The Sportsperson of the Year is voted
on at the previous Midwinter Celebration, and Alan Clanton was
chosen for this award. Congratulations to all the honorees and
the High Point winners.
Kari Kemper-Hickam was announced as the 2011 High Point
Chairman. Please contact her to enroll in the 2011 High Point
program. The cost is $5 per division, and enrollment forms can
be obtained from our website in the links and forms section.
Below are some pictures from the event. There are more on
the photo gallery.
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Locals from GKCAHA with impressive
results at U.S. Nationals in Tulsa!
Sharon Fant-True -
National Champion - 1/2 Arab Hunter, 40 & Over AAOTR
Fant-True - National Champion-Purebred Hunter, 39-54, AAOTR
Sharon Fant-True - National Champion - 1/2 Hunter, Jr. Horse
Sharon Fant-True - Reserve National Champion - 1/2 Hunter Maturity
Sharon & Glen True - Top Ten 1/2 Arab English Jr. Horse
Messerli - Top Ten Jr. Stallion Halter
Colleen Scott - Top Ten
1/2 Hunter, 40 & Over AAOTR
Ryan Strand - Top Tens
VanMeveren - Top Ten Western Pleasure Select Rider
McAllister - Top Ten, Halter
Tammie McGinnis - Reserve Champion &
Top 10 Halter
Sharon Finley - Top Ten, 1/2 Arab Western
Clanton - Top Ten
Alan Clanton - Top Ten
Gold Star Futurity Stall front
winner has local GKCAHA look
Spring Creek Arabians won the Stall front
contest at the Gold Star Futurity show over labor day weekend.
Myron Engeman shared these photos. This years theme was the "Wild
Wild West". Next years theme will be the "Roaring 20's".
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Kathy lost her long battle with cancer on Thursday
September 17th, 2009. Services will be held Monday September 21st
at D.W. Newcomer 12700 Raytown Rd. This is the one near Longview
Horse Park. Visitation will be at 10am and the service starting
Donations in memory of Kathy may be made to KC Hospice, 9221 Ward
Parkway Suite 100, Kansas City, Missouri.
Lewis "Lew" Bradford
GKCAHA extends it condolences to the family of
Lewis Bradford (Angela O'Neill's father) who passed away at his home on
Saturday November 21st. Here is a
link to his obituary
GKCAHA extends it condolences to the family of
Freddie Horn who lost his battle with cancer on Novermber 12th.
Here is a
link to his obituary
Freddie owned the Chap Shop in Harrisonville, trained horses, made
custom chaps and repaired and sold tack.
MO-KAN Border Bonanza article
The Mo-Kan Border Bonanza was relocated this
year to the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, and the results were
increased entries, and no interference from the weather.
Over 240 horses were entered, and everyone
enjoyed the new huge warmup facility, as well as the many amenities
available on the grounds and nearby.
The Greater Kansas City Arabian Horse Association sponsored the first
show, on April 23-24, with Brian Murch as the judge. Most classes had
entries, and the judge put in two full days of work. The last class held
was the Trainer Calcutta, which proved daunting for riders and the
judge, but Alan Clanton prevailed over Jody Strand, even though they had
to trade horses before declaring a winner in “Brian Says!.”
As with any horse show, volunteers are vital to the success of the
event. Many people volunteered for GKCAHA during Show I, including:
Chris Fahrenholz, Kaisu Rosewall, Dave Copas, Sarah Hopkins, Liz Goede,
Pamm Payne, Angela O’Neill, Laura Wilcox,
Brenda and Megan Dominick, Heather Jochens, Carol Baker, Chris Simon and
Mary Dobson. We especially appreciate the expertise of Glen True, our
(Written by Mary Dobson)
Ron Payton Article
Many people know Ron Payton in the Arabian
here to read a article about Ron by
GKCAHA donates to the HELP
Sharon True met with the representative from
the HELP Humane Society in Belton to present GKCAHA's donation from the
Border Bonanza. This is a no-kill animal shelter that is GKCAHA's
charity of choice for the show. This years show raised $750 for
Mardi Gras was celebrated somewhat early by the
attendees at the GKCAHA Midwinter Banquet and Awards party on January
24. Tables were decorated in purple and green, and covered with Mardi
Gras beads and confetti. Everyone feasted on traditional red beans and
rice, as well as many delicious side dishes brought by members.
courtesy of Myron Engeman)
“Chef” Mike Norris treated the group by cooking
a “shrimp boil” outside in front of the building. Everyone enjoyed
the shrimp, corn and potatoes, and Mike said it was authentic, because
his parents live in New Orleans! Sharon and Glen True provided King
Cakes as part of the traditional Mardi Gras feast, which ended the
dinner on a very festive note.
After the dinner, high point awards for 2008 were announced by President
Carol Baker. Another fun part of the evening was the Bag Auction, during
which 15 gift bags are auctioned off to the highest bidder. The winner
of the $100 bag was Alan Clanton and the winner of the $50 bag was Mason
Barnes. GKCAHA also gave away a free tack stall to a sponsor of a class
at the Border Bonanza I show.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the setup, decorations, dinner and
cleanup. It was a great way to celebrate the end of one year and the
beginning of the new year. Best wishes to everyone for a successful show
here to see more photos on
the gallery page.
Mike and Chrissy Norris’ US Nationals Experience
We had a wonderful time at Nationals this year.
We have wanted to go for a few years but did not have a horse that we
felt we should take. With Tenacious that all changed. Mike has been
showing through the years, mainly to keep himself amused while at the
shows. With the purchase of Tee I think he found a niche where he feels
comfortable showing. We knew going in to Nationals that we had a very
nice horse. Mike was always joking with his customers that he was going
to win Reserve Champion with him. Mike and I had not been to Nationals
before. This was our first time, so he wanted to go and watch a little
of a halter class so he could get his plan down. After watching some
classes he decided how he was going to enter with his horse and go about
showing him. Tenacious did his part, upon coming in the class he was
very upright and looking around at everyone in the arena with this
attitude that said Look at Me. He looked so confident and so did Mike.
They went around and did ‘Mikes plan’ like they had done this hundreds
of times before. Tee just followed Mike everywhere he went all the while
looking around at all the commotion outside the ring. To those of you
that do not know Mike and Tee, they have a very special bond. For some
reason this horse just LOVES Mike to pieces. When it was time for Tee to
stand up, he hit his pose and stretched his very long neck out and was
awesome. Mike said all he had to do was stand there and it seems that
Tee was there to show, and show he did. All the while I was in the
stands biting every nail I have off my fingers. When the scores came in
and Tenacious was 6 points above last year’s Reserve Champion and 10
points higher than any other horse at that point, I was in a little
shock, I have to admit. I was very much hoping we would pull off a Top
Ten. Bruce was always so confident that Tenacious would be a top
contender in the class. Of course only one horse came close to the score
that Tenacious had and he beat our horse by one point. We were so very
excited and it seemed very surreal to us that this had just happened.
When I first picked up Tenacious when we bought him, although he was a
few hundred pounds underweight, I could just see this beautiful animal.
I remember telling Mike that he looked like the horses in the magazines.
So at Nationals he has shown us that I was right, he is a horse that
belongs in the magazines. I do have to admit on the way home from Tulsa
we were still in shock a little and then it started wearing off and I
just started crying a little bit, to think we actually have a Reserve
Champion Gelding and that darn little horse statue that I had been
wanting for so long. Still have to say I would have liked the Reserve
Champion jacket for myself, Mike of course got his, but my point was
that Tenacious is my horse too. When Mike first started trimming Tee,
a few years ago, he always told me how special he was and how he was
going to go places. He is so very proud that he saw this in Tee and that
other people saw the same beauty in Tee that we do every day.
My first experience at Nationals was a little intimidating for me.
Sitting down in the warm up ring, watching people unveil their horses
was intimidating. I kept seeing all these beautiful horses getting ready
to go in the ring. But as far as showing at Nationals, I thought it was
very easy and very clear to understand what they were asking us to do.
You hear stories of the people in the Arabian world that are above
everybody else, I found while walking down the aisles and in around the
stalls that I met some of the nicest people. When I came out of the ring
it was very exciting to meet Sheila Varian, David Boggs, Andy Sellman
and others that I have seen in the Arabian industry, they were all very
nice to congratulate me on a job well done. Honestly after that, it just
seems like a whirlwind of events. I really look forward to showing at
Nationals from here on out, but I also realize that this was a chance of
a lifetime that might never come again for me. Now I am really
concentrating on getting Chrissy to Nationals on one of our new English
horses. Most of all I am thankful to Tenacious for going in the ring and
actually wanting to show. He will always be a very special horse in my
I think with the halter score changes for Nationals next year; it will
make things a little bit more exciting. When we went in for the Top Ten
and Champion presentations, we already knew we had Reserve. We
celebrated and congratulated each other in the warm up area before we
went in. We really cannot compare the two systems, since this is the
first year we have shown halter. We haven’t had any problems with the
new system at all. It is actually very educational for us to look back
and see where our horse placed low or high. Then we had the chance to go
back and say, yes I can see why he would place high here or low there.
Next year it will be nice to show your horse and then go back to your
stalls when you are done, as the classes did seem to last a very long
GKCAHA Pony Express Show update!
We have found a group that will run the
concession stand at the Pony Express Show. Some of the items they
will have are hamburgers, hot dogs, polish dogs, chips, and their
specialty, homemade fried pies in flavors of apple, blackberry, cherry
AHA 2008 Canadian Nationals
Congratulations go out to Sharon True and SONG
AND DANCE LOA for their Championship win in the HA/AA Hunter Pl AAO 40 &
Over at the 2008 Canadian Nationals!!!
Stolen Tack near Kearney
Sarah Dickerson writes:
Hello, I am writing to notify everyone I can in
the horse community of a tack theft that occurred near Kearney, MO (92
Hwy./Cameron Rd. area) on Friday, June 6th. 5 saddles (1 dressage, one
close contact, 3 western) and numerous bridles and other pieces of
equipment were stolen. Please find attached a flyer with images of some
of this equipment. It is by no means a complete list.
If everyone could keep a lookout when looking at used tack for sale,
especially auctions, I would greatly appreciate it. The dressage saddle
and close contact in particular are going to stand out at any auction
most likely. If anyone sees anything suspect on consignment at a tack or
feed store, please contact me. I will come look! We are in the process
of contacting auction houses, as many as possible, in Kansas and
Missouri - but we have no way if we're hitting them all.
Please feel free to forward this on to other horse people who may be
able to help or who may be in the Northland area, so they know to keep
their own equipment secure. Thanks in advance for your help, and be
careful with your equipment,
here for a list of Stolen Tack
Border Bonanza photos and wrap-up!!!!
We have pictures that were provided by Avalon
Photography, the Border Bonanza photographer. They provided us
with some pictures that are fantastic! They have a lot of
wonderful pictures from the show that you can find at their website
Avalon Photography. You will
need to create an account to view the photos.
Here is some of the pictures they took at the
show. You can find more in the
(photos courtesy of Avalon Photography)
The 2nd annual MO-KAN Border Bonanza is now
history, and as usual, the weather played a big part in
the show, with rain showing up often during the four days. Exhibitor
numbers were slightly down from 2007, but the show ran smoothly and
everyone understood and dealt with the mud and adverse weather
conditions. The pizza party and barn party during Show I and the ice
cream social during Show II were well-attended and everyone appreciated
the free food after a long day of working and showing. Final
exhibitor numbers and finances will be announced in later updates on the
GKCAHA website. The show staffs for both events are to be
congratulated for well-run sessions. A huge debt of gratitude goes to
the volunteers who helped throughout the four days, especially: Glen
True and Dave Copas-show managers, all the center ring help, Carol
Baker, Angela O'Neill, J.R. Kendall, Pam Payne, Ken McDonald, Chris
Fahrenholz, Ray Breit, Robin Copas, Melissa Owens, Linda Early, John
Simmons, Al Wilke, Kristi Kanorek, Christie Schell and many, many others
who pitched in when help was needed.
' A special thanks goes to the H.O.R.S.E. group which volunteered their
time during the weekend to help at the gate. It was great to meet them
and learn about their organization, one of the charities for EKAHA.
GKCAHA donates part of their proceeds from the show to the HELP Humane
Society, a no-kill small animal rescue group, located in Belton, MO.
The biggest thanks goes to our many exhibitors at the Border Bonanza,
who support us every year and are a great group of friends and horse
lovers. Best wishes for a successful show season!
(submitted by Mary Dobson)
A Fantastic Pony!
Meet Molly. She's a gray speckled
pony who was abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit southern
Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being
rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were
stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier,
and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected and
her vet went to LSU for help. But LSU was overwhelmed, and this
pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.
But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind.
He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides
so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to
handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly
shifted her weight, and didn't overload her good leg. She was a
smart pony with a serious survival ethic.
Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary
artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and
her story really begins there.
'This was the right horse and the
right owner,' Moore insists. Molly happened to be a
one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and
she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she
understood (that) she was in trouble. The other important
factor, according to Moore , is having a truly committed and
compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care
required over the lifetime of the horse.
Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina
Louisiana . The little pony gained weight, her mane felt a comb.
A human prosthesis designer built her a leg. The
prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM,
Molly's regular vet, reports.
And she asks for it! She will put
her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she
wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off
too.' And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. 'It can be
pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse', she
(This is Molly's most recent
prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she
stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it . Wherever
Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind! Click on the
picture for a larger view)
Most important of all, Molly has
a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to
shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers.
Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly
went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people. And she
had a good time doing it. 'It's obvious to me that Molly had a
bigger role to play in life', Moore said, 'She survived the
hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving
hope to others. She's not back to normal, Barca concluded,
'but she's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for
New Orleans itself.'
Photographer Johnny Johnston
coming to KC!
(photo courtesy of Johnny Johnston)
Legendary photographer Johnny Johnston will be
in Kansas City to photograph horses the weekend of June 14th - 15th at
Equestrian Heights located at Lone Star Ranch. "Johnny Johnston is a
legend in the Arabian horse photography business, the acknowledged
'grandfather of Arabian horse photography,' according to some" begins
the recent article in Modern Arabian Horse magazine. The article lists
Johnston as one of the 100 most influential and significant people,
horses or events in the Arabian breed in the past 100 years. His photos
of *Bask++, *Padron and Khemosabi++++ among others have appeared in
countless horse magazines and many other publications. His book,
Arabians from the Camera of Johnny Johnston, has these photos and many
more of owners with their favorite horses.
Johnny has many wonderful stories about the Arabian horse industry, some
of the famous horses and about how to take quality photos of horses. He
will be sharing these stories and answering questions about photography
and his experiences with horses at a cook out on Saturday night. No
reservation is necessary.
To reserve a time to have a photo session for your horse with Johnny,
contact Kevin Jochens of Equestrian Heights at 816-519-2756.
(photo courtesy of Johnny Johnston)
Regional Qualifications rule
"Article 1233: #2--Be qualified in an AHA
Recognized Show/Division that was held within the preceding calendar
year and that period of the current year prior to the final deadline of
entries of the show in which the Regional Championship class is held."
According to AHA, this means that appropriate 2007 points and points
accumulated in 2008 before the Regional show can be used to qualify for
the Regional classes, assuming you have met all the other required
qualifications. Check the 2008 AHA Handbook, available on the AHA
Upcoming Arab Clinic
Arab inc. invites you to join us as we host a
clinic with Diane Rodich, USDF Certified instructor, FEI rider.
www.topclassdressage.com March 28-30, 2008 at Tower Hill
Equestrian Center in Dawson Illinois. Diane Rodich of Ringoes, NJ
and Wellington, Florida has been teaching and training horses and riders
in all levels of dressage for the past 20 years. Diane has
competed thru the FEI with various horses. She is a Certified Dressage
Instructor with both the United States Dressage Federation and American
Riding Instructor Certification Program, and has extensive training
with well respected dressage trainers. Diane spent the summer of 2007
living and training in Germany with international coach Conrad
Schumacher. Diane enjoys teaching and training, and finds great
reward in helping riders learn to communicate and ride more effectively
by assessing the needs of each rider individually. Diane follows the
classical system for teaching and
training, and utilizes her skill and understanding of biomechanics to
benefit riders of all levels. Some of Diane's 2007 competition
accomplishments include: 2007 KWPN All Breeds Reserve Champion Third
Level with Perry median score 68.7%; 2007 AHHA All Breeds Reserve
Champion at both Prix St. George & Intermediare I with Casu Quo, median
score of 66.5%. Diane also showed the Arabian gelding, A Focus in
2007 and received the
following awards: USEF Horse of the Year First Level Regional Champion,
USDF Certificate of Performance @ First Level, USDF All Breeds First
Level Champion, USEF Horse of the Year National First Level Reserve
Champion, Arabian Horse Association First Level Regional Champion, East
Coast Reserve First Level Champion, East Coast Top Five First Level
Champion, Tri County
Arabian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dressage. Location:
Tower Hill Equestrian Center 1357 Tower Hill Rd. Dawson IL 62520
For directions go to www.towerhillequestrian.com
Arab Inc. members will receive a reduced rate to help enrich our members
in their pursuit of improving their riding. Please contact Margaret
Moore 309-706-1686 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and reserve
your spot. Friday evening will be a fun "Dressage for Dummies" for
anyone who may want to venture into the Dressage world. Watch for
more clinics to come, future possible clinicians include Tommy Garland!