I fell in love with Appaloosa when my parents gave me a Breyer for Christmas when I was six. It was the black leopard, Western Prancer. From then on all I begged for was an Appaloosa for Christmas. Fast forward to 1974 and my dream came true when my mother bought me a black near leopard colt. Life happened and I had to sell him, but the dream never faded.
In 1979, I started my search for an Appaloosa, found a breeder nearby, and purchased a bay blanketed gelding, and began a long friendship with Connie Stearns, owner of Marsh Acres. She had a well established leopard breeding program and a wealth of knowledge of bloodlines that she willingly shared with me.
In 1990, I was fortunate to purchase a small farm in NW Pennsylvania.
During the 80’s I started to see changes in ApHC rules that I didn’t agree with. In 1994, I found and joined the Appaloosa Color Breeders Association and the Colorado Ranger Horse Association. I have been a dedicated member of CRHA since then, and have been on the Board of Directors for 4 years. The Appaloosa Color Breeders Association split, and the International Colored Appaloosa Association emerged as the primary registry for our deeply pedigreed horses. In 1995, after many long conversations with Dave Higgins, I decided ICAA was taking the Appaloosa the right direction and I became a member.
I served as a District Representative for several years before becoming a Board of Trustees member. During my time as a DR, I showcased the ICAA horses at Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio, competing successfully in Team Penning, and showing people that our Appaloosas can do anything! I operate Horizon Hill Ranch; a boarding, breeding, and lesson facility where ICAA horses are teaching kids of all ages to ride and love horses.
My family and I live in Middle Tennessee, about 60 miles East of Nashville, TN. In February, 1965 I married Stan Dobson and about 3 years later we purchased our first Appaloosa Horse and our love for the Appaloosa began. Our children grew up riding, showing and loving the Appaloosas and I am proud to say that they are still involved in raising Appaloosas horses. At Foggy Valley Farms and Three D Appaloosas we believe in Appaloosa to Appaloosa breeding with NO out crossing to other breeds and we are very pleased with the foals being produced as a result of this practice.
In 2015, the very first in the world 7-generation App to App bred documented horse was born right here at Foggy Valley Farms in Tennessee. His name is FVF Iron Sabre and he is awesome. We are so happy to prove that a quality, Appaloosa colored horse can be produced without outcrossing to other breeds.
Our goal is to someday see an 8-generation Purebred Appaloosa produced, and we are getting closer to that goal all the time. The ICAA Registry has the vision that we believe will finally lead to the reality of Purebred Appaloosas, and my family and I are proud to be ICAA supporters.
On April 22, 2020, Stan, my husband of over 55 years passed away leaving behind a great legacy of love and dedication to Appaloosa horses, and I plan to carry on his goal of Developing, Preserving and Promoting a Breed of Purebred Appaloosa Horses.
As a member of the ICAA Board of Trustees and Representative I will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. My contact information is – email: email@example.com Phone: (615) 408-4667.
As a child, I begged for a horse, but it wasn't until I was 12 years old that I finally talked my parents into it. My first horse was a registered buckskin Mustang mare and she was in foal by a little known Appaloosa named Number 7. At that time, the ApHC allowed a Mustang cross to be registered. That was the beginning of a lifetime love affair with the Appaloosa.
I was born and raised in Indiana, but never cared to stay. In the late '80s I left and have only been back for short stays. Since then, I've lived in Guam, Louisiana, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, and currently I live in west Texas, after having moved from a 100,000 acre cattle ranch in New Mexico to a new piece of property the ranch owner bought.
When I lived in Idaho, I had what I still consider to be my dream job. I worked for a few years at the ApHC in the registration department. I had the awesome task of looking at baby pictures all day long, along with a smattering of adult horses here and there. I did descriptions and send-out mostly, but also learned to do all of the other jobs surrounding registration, such as stallion reports, listings, transfers, pedigree updates, etc. I was there to register the first baby of the new millennium. One of my biggest regrets in life is that I left Idaho, and so my job there.
I met Dave Higgins in a rather odd fashion. One day, while doing send-out at the ApHC, a gorgeous buckskin leopard named Sapelos Mr June Bug came across my desk, and I noticed the owner was in Shipshewana, IN. I slipped a note in saying how much I loved the horse, and that I used to haul cattle up to Shipshewana. What would be a lifelong friendship was born, until Dave's passing in 2020, and I was immersed into the world of ICAA.
I do not show and have never had the desire to. I get bored quickly in an arena and just want to say, "Open the gate!" My love is to ride into God's country, as far back as the trails will take me, the rougher the better. That has always been my passion and challenge. I've ridden in the mountains of Arkansas, in the extremely rough and rocky mountains of Southeastern Oklahoma, in Brown County State Park of Indiana, in the mountains of Northern Idaho, and in many other much less spectacular places.
I've bred Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, Paints, and a few Miniatures over the years, with a passion for the cow bred Appaloosas and Quarter Horses. There is nothing like watching a new foal come into this world and get up on those wobbly legs for the first time. Currently I'm not breeding, but I do miss the babies.
My name is Conny Riedel and I have been interested in the Appaloosa breed since the day I met my first horse, an Appaloosa mare named High Hand Rosie. We both moved from Germany to the States in 2003 and in the following years, I bred her twice and she answered my hopes in giving me a stallion and a mare.
I met my now-husband in 2014 and he has been a tremendous help with all the horses from foal to mare to stallion. I don’t think he was aware of what he was going to marry into when he met me.
Having worked as an ICU technician in a big Equine clinic for the past 6 years, I had the opportunity to watch what a good breeding can accomplish and also how a bad breeding can fail. I am a firm believer in not breeding horses that have a genetic defect and have found in the ICAA an association that believes in pure breeding and doesn’t get swayed by the money that is attained by breeding HYPP and Herda Carrier horses, as the bigger associations are. I was also dismayed in finding that many Appaloosa World and National Champions are no more than glorified Thoroughbreds or Quarter Horses with spots.
I am thrilled to be involved in an organization that believes in the Appaloosa Breed and excited in the possibilities that are ahead of us. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns you may have.
Conny Riedel, 751 Cowboys Ln, Springtown, TX 76082, (817) 583-4904
Conny Riedel with Ima Rockin Secret F2-2711
I was raised with and have spent most of my life with horses. My father owned his own outfitting business for many years and our family continued to own and use horses after the outfit was sold. He also had a logging business and used horses to skid logs. Both parents were accomplished horsemen. When a new horse was needed for the outfit it was not uncommon to go out in the bush and catch a wildie, bring it home tame and train it.
I broke out/trained my first horse at age 7. He was a little black sheltand pony and it was quite the memorable experience. By that time, I had been riding for several years and of course, mom oversaw the whole procedure.
I began riding my very OWN horse at the end of my 7th year (in October). He was a sweet little pinto fellow, approximately 14.2 HH, nothing fancy, just a little bush horse my parents got from a local Indigenous man, Felix Plante. Couldn't have got a better horse anywhere. We did everything together – trail riding, camping, gymkhana, guiding, rodeo, ponying, parades....... We were together for 32 years. Still miss him today. He was a very spirited, athletic little horse who taught me to “ride” or hit the dirt! Super quick on his feet. As we couldn't afford saddles, the first several years were strictly bareback.
As I grew, I began starting horses over my teenage years with my mom. Guess I bounced better and healed quicker than she, LOL! She often purchased youngsters and we started or retrained them and sold them. It was her way of earning her own money.
My husband and I purchased our farm in 1994 and began our own breeding program in 1995. I had always been in love with the Appaloosa horse so it was a dream come true to be able to breed my own! Our mission was to produce high quality horses and increase the Appaloosa genetics. We wanted to raise, train and sell our product. As it turned out, we often had trouble keeping youngsters around long enough to train them to saddle! We have sold horses around the country and the world – first horse to be sold to Greece from Canada, have horses in most provinces, many in the USA, one in England, and two in Switzerland. To date, I have started all of my own colts. But, now I find my age catching up to me and due to stiffness in my joints that slows my reactions down too much, I require someone else to do the starting for me. This is a very hard thing to do, entrust my youngsters to someone else. But, sometimes we just have to make the hard choices and I have been blessed to have found a gem of a trainer.
I also am an Animal Health Tech. Graduated from the Fairview College program in 1978 working off and on in the veterinary industry (then steady 1996 to 2012) until my retirement.
I earned my Level 2 English and Western Instructor Certification with the Certified Horsemanship Association in 2001. I instructed private lessons and clinics until retiring. I will still help people once in awhile that need it. I am very successful at helping riders with fear issues. I no longer have a breeding program, just a few of our product kept for riding. Attending clinics over the summer is my favourite pastime now. It is fun to learn, improve my horsemanship skills and enjoy the company of same minded horse people.
All of my herd that qualify are now registered with ICAA, all are n/n for the genetic diseases and three have been tested positive for the gait gene. All are started under saddle and I continue to extend their training levels. I lost my harness mare last year so am looking forward to starting another in 2020. I enjoy promoting our ICAA horses at every opportunity and will continue to do so as often and as loudly as possible!
I grew up in the city in upstate New York, but at eight years old I started spending summers with my aunt on her horse farm. She raised palomino Quarter Horses and had an amazing stallion. I spent all of my time out with the horses and never got enough of them! I got to work with horses no one else could get near, and I loved every minute of it. Aunt Joyce went on to raise Thoroughbreds, and I rode some of her two-year-olds. I also worked for a Quarter Horse farm exercising two-year-olds.
As a young teenager, I did a lot of cross-country jumping in the summers. At home, my best friend in high school and junior high introduced me to her beautiful Appaloosa gelding. I rode a Quarter Horse, Welsh cross mare (Angle) at the time, and we rode with my friend and her gelding every day from the time we got off the school bus until dark. (Angle) was stolen from the barn and never found.
I married my high school sweetheart, Steve, in 1984. He rode a Harley Davidson shovelhead but shared and supported my interest in horses. Steve even went to school to be a farrier. He was a very good farrier, and a very good husband!
There was no work in New York, so we moved to Minnesota and then to Northwest Indiana, where I was introduced to ICAA as it was being formed. I bought Shenna, and was excited to register her in the ICAA Appendix registry (ICAA A-1117). We also bought Steve’s first horse, Fancy Me Miss (ICAA F2-1100), as a weanling and I broke her out for him. Steve and I raised a son and a daughter who were both active in 4H with our Appaloosas and their foals. We eventually acquired three stallions (El Chelsea Dancer #1056, PSR Sonseearay Sun F3-1638, and Dancen Magic F2-1397) and more mares. I loved every part of breeding and training quality Appaloosa foals with great dispositions that were easy to work with. Selling is always the hard part. Life was good.
Steve died tragically in 2005. My kids and my horses kept me going! El Chelsea Dancer has passed, and Dancing Magic is retired. I’m now standing CTR Apache Outlaw ( F4-2757) and PSR Sonseeahray Sun (F3-1638). Outlaw’s gorgeous first foal crop has all moved on to new homes. I’m looking forward to his second foal crop, and I’m also looking forward to Sun’s new foal crop. And, I have my grandkids and Frank!
I had my first introduction to Appaloosa's as a 12-year-old girl. Of course, the first thing I noticed were the spots. I have always liked things that looked interesting and of course Apps are interesting. My mother bought me my first leopard POA soon after. That pony took me everywhere, from sunup to sundown. Many show ribbons and trophies. I quickly learned the spots on the outside were just the icing on the cake. It was the inside of the horse that mattered, true and willing heart. I have found that heart in every Appaloosa I have had since.
I met Cheryl Miller in the summer of 97. She has been my mentor and a true friend now for over 20 years. She is who opened the world of Appaloosas in a way I hadn't known. I spent hours doing research in her little office.
I currently live in Union City, PA on a small farm. I have been happily married for 21 years and am the mother of 3 adult sons and a 6 year old daughter; Farrah. My farm, Farr-ah-way Farm, is named after her. I pray she follows in my footsteps. I am doing everything in my power to guide her into the love of horses, especially Appaloosas.
I currently own 5 horses, 3 of which are Rangerbred Appaloosa Mares. We also have a 31 year old quarter horse mare and a fat, round pony gelding named Peanut Butter who belongs to my daughter. I went back to school and earned my LPN license this past year. I have to be able to afford those horses somehow!
I show my best mare, Hollidazzle Lena, in reining and ranch horse, and am Vice President of the Western PA Reining Association. Holli holds many CRHA National titles, including Versatility, Halter, and Mare. My other two mares, Silver's Full Moon and Stingin Hot In Print, are both learning reining and hopeful to be our next show horses.
I have gained a true appreciation and love for the breed and the people who love it. I have learned to be vigilant in the protection of this breed. I am a proponent for purposeful breeding to preserve this breed and not allow the distortion of it into something no longer recognizable as an Appaloosa. No other breed of horse can take the place of an Appaloosa in my heart and in my mind. No breed can compare.
I live in Orem Utah.
I have loved horses my entire life! When I would watch shows on TV or in the movie theater and there was a horse I was more interested in the horse than the story unfolding on the screen.
When I was 11 my uncle had a ride a mare Smokey. It was the first horse I had ever ridden. I found out after that it was also the first time anyone rode Smokey. She was an Appaloosa mare and I was hooked! She had a foal the next year and I was ecstatic to find out that the foal was my birthday present on my 12th birthday. He was a bay with a blanket and spots. Champion was my buddy for several years! We rode Smokey and Champion for several years during which I studied the history behind the Appaloosas and became an even bigger fan!
At present I have a Foundation bred Toby mare that traces back to Toby 10 times. She is a wonderful bay with a beautiful log black mane and tail! Wendy is great! I am completely sold out on the ICAA theme of the Blood Breed Appaloosa! We want to get back to as close to the original Appaloosa of the Neemepoo as possible. These horses are gentle and tough as they come! I love their resilience! We have a golden Opportunity to show the world what a unique and wonderful breed the Appaloosa is. The Appaloosa is not a colored Thoroughbred, Arabian, or Quarter Horse, it is a unique and special American Breed! After the economic problems of the last few years world wide, we have the great privilege of offering true value in a unique and historically rich breed as well as a great family friendly horse that can do anything we want them to do! One of the true all around horses there are today!
I am Ron Seamons, proudly ICAA District Rep. Please get with me and together we can build a great ICAA hub in the intermountain west!