Wednesday, October 28, 2009

News of the World

Yesterday, Mr. Fry and I headed to the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX to catch a little of the World Championship Appaloosa Show. I had hoped to have lots of eye candy photos, but, alas, my camera lost its mind. (I have since found out that it will have to be shipped off for service.) My phone was dead, so couldn't even use it. Talk about bad luck.

We got there just in time to catch the judging for the Masters Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle. Then we watched a couple of fun classes: Non-Pro Weanling Fillies, Non-Pro Yearling Fillies, Non-Pro Two-Year-Old Mares, and Non-Pro Three-Year-Old Mares. Some of those poor little youngsters were not at all happy to be there. There was a lot of prancing, dancing, and tongue chewing.

We walked around the barns for awhile — always fun — then walked in on the Yearling Longe Line Hunter class. I was glad to have caught that, since my longeing prowess (well, lack thereof) is the stuff of comic legend. Hopefully, I can use some of what I saw to help me.

After that, we caught the preview to the World Appaloosa Sale. Ooh, aah. Since I didn't have my camera, I've had to try and find online photos of some of the ponies I liked.

Kool Rock O Fortune
15.2 hh 1998 Gelding
(Kooley Scooter x Fortunes Whim)

If I were in a position to buy, "Rock" would have been my #1 choice to come home with us. The young lady who owns him is selling him to help fund college. According to the write-up, she's had him since she was 9 years old and has "done everything a kid can do with a horse to him. He was the 2008 Master in Roping Horse. He heads, heels, and breakaway ropes." I don't know or care about any of that. I just liked the way he moved and the kind look in his eye.

Some other pretty faces that turned my head:

Going DZ For You
2008 Stallion
Pedigree here

I guess he was a weanling in the photo above. He's filled out considerably; he's already 16.2 hh as a yearling. He comes from halter & Western Pleasure horses, so it's no surprise that he's built like a brick shithouse. And what a sweet, well-mannered boy. There were quite a few interested folks in the barn checking him out up close. Considering his bloodlines, don't you find it a bit odd (or telling, maybe) they didn't list his HYPP status?

I didn't realize it at the time, but these next two are from the same breeder/bloodlines.

Vanilla Impulse
2008 Mare
Pedigree here
Video here

Sleepy Impulse
2008 Stallion
(Too Sleepy To Zip x Impulsive Bet)
Video here

Lucy Loper
2006 Mare
Pedigree here

I admit it: I'm swooning at the chrome. I have to wonder about her though. She was sold at the World Sale as a yearling in 2007, and she's for sale again. They advertise her as a "perfect non-pro, youth, or even walk/jog horse. Easy to ride, ready to show." Could mean she's lazy or dumber than a box of rocks.

Nikki Nack
2003 Mare
Pedigree here

This is a broodie who comes with a breeding to AQHA stallion Zip Zap Black. Just a big, pretty mare.

So many ponies and absolutely no money. But it sure was fun to look.


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oooh! What a fun day and spent with your hubby! Bummer about the camera, though :(

Nicky Nack sure is pretty and nice looking conformationally, too. And so is that first guy that you liked.

Those two Impulse ladies are kind of post-legged and have rather long pasterns, imo. And Lucy Loper looks so wonky in that photo: super skinny neck, post legs, high up in the rump, just not pretty at all conformationally. It's easy to get side-tracked when you see all that pretty chrome, isn't it? It's the same way with paints. You have to kind of block out the color and focus on the shape only.


Paint Girl said...

Sounds like you had a great time at the show!
You found lots of pretty ones! I didn't care so much for Lucy Loper, like Lisa said, she has a thin neck and something about her head, but it could be the photo too.
Other than that, love the rest of them!

Leah Fry said...

All the photos are old ones I had to hunt for on the Internet. With the exception of Rock & Nikki Nack, they all look a little wonky. I suspect the one of Lucy was taken either as a weanling or yearling.

It's very easy to be swayed by the spots, and in Lucy's case, kisses through the bars of her stall :-)

Michelle said...

Ahhhhh, I'm so jealous! And I can't believe your camera broke....I would have LOVED to see photos of the World Show. I haven't been in more than 5 years, but it was always one of my favorite events. Thanks for the report!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Not only nice horses, but great names too.

Desert Rose said...

Lots of appy's to oh and ah over!!! Sounds like you have fun!

Esther Garvi said...

It's always fun to look at horses!!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

What a great day!!! Lots of chrome for sure!!! Love Sleepy Impulse!!! Your question on the HYPP, Impressive Luck who is out of Impressive tested N/N so they wouldn't test any further... And that really stinks about your camera!! Didn't you just buy this camera?!

Leah Fry said...

Camera is still under warranty, but had to pay almost $18 to send it back. And who knows how long they'll keep it.

It worked fine last Saturday or Sunday. When I turned it on Tuesday, it took a long time to power on, then the lens started going in and out. Then it would ask me to power off and power on again. No matter how many times I did it, same thing. Even did a couple of things on online chat with a Sony tech.

Michelle 2, thanks for the info. I'd still think they'd put the HYPP status on there just so you wouldn't have to do check, if you didn't know that. Of course, this assumes I'm not the only one who doesn't know that.

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