Paint Horses Shine at the 2004 World Show

The torrential rains that fell over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex didn't dampen the spirits of the competitors at the 2004 World Championship Paint Horse Show. Over 1,800 top-notch Paint horses ...The torrential rains that fell over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex didn't dampen the spirits of the competitors at the 2004 World Championship Paint Horse Show. Over 1,800 top-notch Paint horses ...

Story originally posted by: Jill J. Dunkel

The torrential rains that fell over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex didn’t dampen the spirits of the competitors at the 2004 World Championship Paint Horse Show. Over 1,800 top-notch Paint horses gathered in earlier this month to determine the best American Paint Horses in the World.

Trainers, amateurs and youths competed during the two-week show that featured a variety of special events, like the annual horse sale and the American Junior Paint Horse Association National Convention. One evening show performance featured a stick horse contest for youth age 8 and younger who demonstrated their ability to correctly handle a Paint Stick Horse at a flat-footed walk, a ground covering jog/trot, and a rhythmical two-beat lope/canter. There was also a judging contest and three seminars featuring Josh Lyons, Bob Avila, and Lynn Palm.

But the main fan fare was the horse show itself, where numerous new World Champions were crowned. Totally By Choice, a seven-year-old overo gelding earned top honors at this year’s show, winning the Super Gelding Award, All Around Horse Title and the High-Point English Horse award. Totally By Choice, owned by Courtney Folino of Coto De Casa, California, was World Champion in Senior Hunter Hack, Reserve World Champion in Senior Working Hunter and third in Senior Pleasure Driving and Jumping.

The Reserve All Around Horse title went to Reddys Review, a 12 year-old overo gelding owned by Shawnee Wayman off Salt Lake City, Utah. A World Championship in Utility Driving and Reserve World Championships in Pleasure Driving and Hunter Hack contributed to his Reserve High Point win. He also was the Amateur Pleasure Driving Reserve World Champion. Reddys Review is not new to the winner’s circle. He was the All Around Horse at the 2002 World Show, in addition to winning the High Point English Horse and the Super Gelding award that year.

A five-year-old stallion, Cita Firefeeltheflame, proved his excellence in the roping events to claim the High Point Western Horse title, as well as the Oscar Crigler Cattle Award. The stallion was named World Champion in both Junior Heading and Junior Steer Stopping. He was also Reserve World Champion in Junior Heeling. Cita Firefeeltheflame was shown by Steve Orth, and is owned by Ronnie Lykins and Naomi Shanks of Bixby, Oklahoma.

Charlie Cole of Pilot Point, Texas, was the High Point Exhibitor at this year’s show. This was Charlie’s third consecutive year to earn the title. Riding nine different horses, Cole won four World Championships, including Utility Driving with Reddys Review, Senior Trail on Rust My Zipper, Junior Driving with Lynns Hot Luke, and a Reserve World Championship in Utility Driving with Oh Really.

All Around Amateur honors went to Carly Beldman of Granger, Indiana. Carly and her nine-year-old chestnut overo gelding won two World Championships in Amateur Working Hunter and Amateur Western Riding, as well as a Reserve World Championship in Amateur Trail. The team was also in the Top Ten in four additional amateur events.

The Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation World Champion, Alisa Bernhard of Germantown, Wisconsin, also won the Reserve All Around Amateur title. In addition to the world championship, the pair was third in the Amateur Working Hunter and Amateur Trail, and finished in the top ten in four other Amateur events.

In addition to open and amateur events, APHA youth World Champions were also crowned. Marcus Banister of Brighton, Colorado, was the High Point Western Youth winner. Marcus and SI Masters Promise won World Championships in Breakaway Roping 18 & Under and Heading 18 & Under.

The All Around Youth 14-18 title was awarded to Christina McGurran of Los Gatos, California. Christina and Just Passing Thru were Reserve World Champions in Hunter Hack and Horsemanship, and finished with four other Top Tens. James Sauboulle of Acampo, California, finished just behind Christina to claim the Reserve All Around Youth 14-18 title. James received two World Championships in Hunt Seat Equitation 14-18 and Western Riding 14-18 riding Tonitesthenighthoney. The pair also finished in the Top Ten in two other classes.

Sammie Jo Stone of Springville, California, claimed two top honors, winning both the All Around 13 & Under award, as well as the High Point English Youth Award. Competing with her 11 year-old gelding, The Firm, the pair earned three World Championships in Youth Hunter Under Saddle 13 & Under, Youth Hunt Seat Equitation 13 & Under, and in Youth Trail 13 & Under, not to mention multiple Top Tens.

Reserve All Around Youth 13 & Under honors went to Tasha Bierman of Sandy, Utah. Tasha earned the title after winning a World Championship in Western Riding 13 & Under and a Reserve World Championship in Trail 13 & Under.