High Point Winners for 2011 Show season were awarded during the Mid-Winter banquet!

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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 Norris

* PB Country English - winner Klapsych Elegance, Karen Heeb; 2nd Next Contestant, Jeanna Clanton

* PB Hunter- winner Oscar De La Hoya, Jeanna Clanton

* HA Country English - winner Perfec Sense, Cindy Kunkel

* 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 Richman

* 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, Cindy Kunkel

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USEF National Champion Arabian Halter Horse 2010

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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Picture submitted by Karen Heeb and Kristin Moore.

GKCAHA Fall Fun Fest Fun for All!

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 admire.

Part of the Fun Fest was devoted to a AHA Resolutions Meeting, which garnered discussion on several topics of interest to owners and exhibitors of Arabians.

The GKCAHA delegates, Cindy Kunkel, Glen and Sharon True, will take the input of the members to the AHA Convention, to be held in Orlando 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 held on

Saturday, January 22, 6:00 at the Lions Club Building in Peculiar, MO.  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 friendship!


Will Skole, 2010 American Royal Arabian Horse Person of the Year!

The American Royal has chosen Will Skole as the 2010 American Royal Arabian Horse Person of the Year!  This honor was presented to Will by last years winner Glen True.  Congratulations Will!


GKCAHA donates to HELP Humane Society

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 http://www.helppets.org  Their motto is "Our clients are homeless pets.  We hope to be out of business someday."

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!


Don Ferro

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 (816) 942-6180.

(information provided by kansascity.com)

Mike Norris/TM Tenacious Region 11 Champs!

  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 indulged in! 

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)

GKCAHA Election results!

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.  Click 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 National Volunteer of the Year awards

Glen True was honored as the National Volunteer of the Year by AHA.  The recipient is chosen by the AHA Board of Directors.  It is truly a great and deserving award. 

Glen was also selected as the AHA Region 11 Volunteer of the Year, an award each region chooses.

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 dedication.

Important American Royal News!!

Dear American Royal Arabian Horse Show enthusiast:

  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 the other.
  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 equipment.
  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 loved one.
  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 barspi@sbcglobal.net.
  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
Carol Baker
Terry Corrie
Michelle George
Colleen Scott
John Simmons


American Royal information!

The 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!

Mid-Winter Recap!

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 recap

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 Manhattan, KS

2008 Border Bonanza Final Show booklet now available!!!

We now have the "final Show Booklet" for the 2008 Border Bonanza show.  Click on the picture above or click here to download this booklet.

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 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.

Click 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.

Click 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 publicity!

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.


GKCAHA Trainer Clinic Enjoyed by Attendees!!

  Ryan Strand                  John Rannenberg              Chris Culbreth

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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, from Florida.

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 issues.  Topics included 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.  Several riders brought their own horses and received critiques and advice on how to 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.  He 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 lesson!”

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 amaze!

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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 breed.

Robin Green


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 night. 


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
Sharon 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
Blake Messerli - Top Ten Jr. Stallion Halter
Colleen Scott - Top Ten 1/2 Hunter, 40 & Over AAOTR
Ryan Strand - Top Tens
Keri VanMeveren - Top Ten Western Pleasure Select Rider
Lindsey McAllister - Top Ten, Halter
Tammie McGinnis - Reserve Champion & Top 10 Halter
Sharon Finley - Top Ten, 1/2 Arab Western
Jeanna 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 Risinger

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 around 11:15am.  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

Freddie Horn

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 show manager.

(Written by Mary Dobson)

Ron Payton Article

Many people know Ron Payton in the Arabian world.  Click here to read a article about Ron by his daughter.

GKCAHA donates to the HELP Humane Society

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 the shelter.

Mid-Winter Wrap-up!

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.

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“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 season.

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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 heart.
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 time

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 and peach.

AHA 2008 Canadian Nationals Results

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 Missouri

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,

Sarah Dickerson

Click 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 photo gallery.

(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 laughs.

(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 website.

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 equestdreams@msn.com 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!