BOT/CEO/CHAIRMAN/Founding Member

Dave Higgins

 I first got involved with Appaloosas back in 1960. I was showing a grade mare and a black Quarter Horse mare against Appaloosas a lot, and losing a lot. That was when I realized the potential of the spotted breed, so in 1962 I purchased my first Appaloosa mare. 

Smitten with the breed, I shortly thereafter acquired Quanah Parker, ApHC #3057. The leopard stallion produced a string of excellent foals while acquiring an impressive list of winnings in Halter, Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Reining, Cutting, as well as Stump, Rope and Stakes Races. 


While training horses to support my family and Quanah Parker’s show career, I also became a local renowned judge and instructor. As a judge, I was strict on conformation and in halter I picked using horses.  Not just ones with bulk. I became well known for my special ability to judge youth classes, judging fairly and discussing with them their strong and weak points, giving them the tools they needed to succeed. 


In 1963 Quanah Parker was the Indiana Appaloosa Association's high-point senior cutting Appaloosa and he tied for reserve high-point all-around performance Appaloosa. My experiences in the show ring and breeding Quanah Parker gave me a strong appreciation of the qualities inherent in the Appaloosa: superior versatility and trainability with a disposition that meets the various needs of a family rather than requiring the hand of a professional.


To avoid the turbulent politics building within the ApHC, I spent the next decades focusing on promoting the Appaloosa in open shows. I judged open shows throughout the Midwest and spent many hours training both horses and riders in a variety of disciplines.


In 1991, a handful of die-hard Appaloosa breeders felt the need to preserve a nearly extinct breed: the Appaloosa. The International Colored Appaloosa Association, Inc was born. I have served as the ICAA President from 1991 to 1997, and since 1997 I have been chairman/CEO of the Board of Trustees.

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Dave Higgins

BOT/Secretary/Treasurer/Registrar/District Rep District VI

Sharon January

 As a child, I begged and 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, and currently I live in New Mexico on a 100,000 acre cattle ranch. 


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 will be a lifelong friendship was born, 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.

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Sharon January

BOT/District Rep District II

Jan Dobson

  Jan Dobson, ICAA Representative for District II.   My family and I live in Middle Tennessee, about 60 miles East of Nashville, TN.  I have been married to Stan Dobson for almost 50 years and we have raised Appaloosa Horses for over 45 years.  Our children grew up riding, showing and loving the Appaloosa Horse and I am proud to say that they are still involved in raising Appaloosas.  At Foggy Valley Farms and Three D Appaloosas we believe in Appaloosa to Appaloosa breeding with no out crossing and are very pleased with the foals being produced as a result of this practice.  


Our goal is to someday see an 8 generation Purebred Appaloosa produced.  We currently have several 6 generation horses and are expecting the first 7 generation App to App bred horse to be born in 2015.  The ICAA Registry has the vision that we believe will finally lead to the production of Purebred Appaloosa Horses and my family and I are proud to be ICAA supporters.  As an ICAA Representative I will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have.  My contact information is -  email:  fvfarms@dtccom.net   phone:  (615) 408-4667.

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Jan Dobson

BOT/District Rep District V

Conny Riedel

  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 a many Appaloosa World and National Champions are no more than glorified Thoroughbred 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
Email:Horsememories@hotmail.com

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Conny Riedel with Ima Rockin Secret F2-2711

BOT/District Rep CA District 1: Alberta

Linda Hokanson

 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!

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Linda Hokanson

BOT/Distirct Rep District X

Renee Clarke

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!

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Renee Clarke

District Rep District I

Renee Dubyk

I was introduced to ICAA by friend and mentor, Cheryl Woods. Along with my long term partner, Allen Tucci, we are proud breeders of multiple endangered breeds including foundation Appaloosas, Knabstruppers and Hackney Horses. 


I grew up riding and showing in local hunter classes yearning to own an Appaloosa which wasn't ever going to happen on our small acreage. Allen on the other hand, grew up driving and has been training and driving horses in his leisure time for over 45 years. Allen also volunteers his time as President to the Carriage Association of America. When Allen and I had the opportunity to move to our current farm in Chester County, PA , I knew we would have the ability to breed and raise horses. From there, Allen and I founded our farm, Murder Hollow. We stand our stallion, CTR Super Sonic to both our mares as well as the public and also own a Hackney Horse stallion and Knabstrupper stallion. Our foundation Appaloosas have solid minds, body and willingness to be calm & cool companions. 


We are breed & discipline advocates. Allen's four-in-hand driving has allowed us to meet wonderful horse enthusiasts from all over the world. We are always happy to share our passion and encourage others to enjoy the hobby of horse husbandry. I encourage anyone to reach out if they wish to learn more about breeding or driving or if they want to get involved with a local driving community. 

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Renee Dubyk

District Rep District VIII

Ronald Seamons

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!


Ron


P.S.  Here is me with my baby (Wendy, my Foundation Appaloosa mare)  (I do not take great pictures so I think this is as good as it gets.)

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Ron Seamons