Appaloosas Earn Honors at National Championship Appaloosa Endurance Ride

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is proud to announce the top three placings in the inaugural 50-mile National Championship Endurance Ride, which took place on June 3, 2006, in Palmyra, Wisc. The Champion was Fourmiles Kashtin, of Eagle, Wisc., with Dawn Haas riding. Haas and Fourmiles Kashtin also took top honors for conditioning, winning the George Hatley Cup for the Appaloosa with the best condition at the end of the race. Taking second place was Varre Blackcherry, ridden by Jeffery Hartman of Huntington, Pa. Third place went to DKG Midnight Lace and rider Laurie Durbin of Winfield, Mo.
ApHC Vice President Eric Beenè was among those who attended the race. "I believe the first Endurance Championship was a great success, with 19 entries that came from Canada, Vermont, Idaho, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Illinois," he said.

Both the riders and horses had to qualify for the event and only had a short time to do so. In order to qualify for the ride, the Appaloosa had to be regular- or CPO-registered with the ApHC, and the owner had to be a current ApHC member in good standing. The horse and rider each had to have completed 100 lifetime distance miles. All of the competitors must have successfully completed a 50-mile endurance ride prior to the Championship.

"The momentum in the distance program is continuing to build," says Beenè. "This is due to the advances that the ApHC has recently made with the distance program including adding a Record of Merit that can be earned in addition to the Championship ride. Also, a $10,000 reward has been added for an Appaloosa that wins the Haggin Cup at the famous Western States Tevis ride. This segment of our association has great potential for growth and the Board of Directors has committed to the task of building the program."

The 2007 National Championship Endurance Ride is scheduled for November 17, 2007, at Land Between the Lakes, Ky.

The Appaloosa Horse Club offers a full slate of programs for those who enjoy time spent in the saddle of an Appaloosa, designed for all levels of participation and experience. For additional information on the National Championship Endurance Ride or on the ApHC Saddle Log, Distance, and Endurance Riding programs, please contact the ApHC Trail Department at 208/882-5578 ext. 221 or

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