With profound sadness we announce
our beloved foundation breeding stallion was humanely euthanized on
8/8/07 after a short battle with a devastating illness which has yet
to be identified. He will be greatly missed not only by us but by
our students who learned advanced dressage training on him and the
appreciation of riding an appaloosa and by all of those who followed
his short show career around the nation in a sport greatly under
represented by appaloosas.
In 2005 within 6 months of
beginning his show career he had earned ApHC ACAAP - 2nd Place
Ranking in the Top Ten in Dressage ApHC ACAAP - Certificate of
Achievement in Dressage ApHC ACAAP - Certificate of Superior
Achievement in Dressage (Plus too numerous to mention local,
regional and national awards in dressage competition)
He spent all of 2006 in training
and did not show but with some of his offspring competing
successfully in dressage he was ranked the Leading Appaloosa Sire on
the USEF 2006 Leading Dressage Sires List and the only Appaloosa
sire on the USEF 2006 Leading Dressage Breeding List. Also in 2006
his son The Riddler H was the first ApHC stallion to ever qualify
for a USDF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Award.
The beginning of 2007 was busy with
breeding but we did manage to fit in 2 shows this spring where he
competed under our working student who was preparing to compete on
him in the USDF Young Riders series. Those performances will stick
in my mind for a long time on what they would have accomplished in
the show ring; the pair was breath taking to watch.
With over 50 offspring his legacy
will carry on and we will cherish his memory. Hopefully some day we
will see him inducted into the ApHC Hall of Fame for his
accomplishments for the breed in the sport of dressage.
Black Hills Sport Horses
Rapid City, SD