2018 APHF Hall of Fame Inductees
Jim & Judy Schehen
Jim and Judy Schehen were on the hunt for their first Paint Horse when a half-blind,unregistered—but undeniably well-built—sorrel overo mare caught their eye in 1972.
Hardship registered as Sin Bar that same year, the colorful mare became the cornerstone of the Schehens’ Paint Brush Ranch in Bend, Oregon, and she quickly began winning at APHA-approved shows across the Pacific Northwest. The couple crossed their talented mare with APHA Supreme Champion Our Sir Prize, and the resulting 1974 sorrel overo colt—Scribbles—permanently launched the Schehens into Paint Horse prominence.
The Schehens raised and trained Scribbles themselves, and the versatile stallion quickly
racked up grand championships and top APHA awards, splitting his show time with his
burgeoning breeding duties; Scribbles earned an APHA Champion award in 1977, his Performance Versatility award in 1979 and the Superior All-Around title in 1981.
As Scribbles’ popularity as a sire took off, so did the Schehens’ involvement in APHA; they became full-time breeders in 1980 and expanded their stallion lineup to include APHA Supreme Champion No. 31, Lucky Straw, in 1981. Over the years, the couple also stood Autograph, a 1993 sorrel overo stallion, Lasting Approval, a 2001 sorrel overo stallion, and Midas, a 2003 palomino overo stallion.
On top of filling the books for their popular stallions, the Schehens bred more than 250 Paints over 45 years. The Schehens were founding members of the Central Oregon Paint Horse Club and the Oregon Paint Horse Breeders Triple Crown Futurity, and Jim served as president of the Oregon Paint Horse Club, Central Oregon Paint Horse Club and the Oregon Paint Horse Breeders. The couple further supported their local Paint community as longtime participants in the Northwest Stallion Service Auction and board members of the Northwest Coordinating Committee.
1974 sorrel overo stallion | Our Sir Prize x Sin Bar | Bred & owned by Jim & Judy Schehen, Bend, Oregon
Jim and Judy Schehen’s first homebred Paint was a sight to behold, and Judy—an artist by trade—had the perfect name for her “colored-all-over” colt: Scribbles.
The 1974 sorrel overo stallion by APHA Supreme Champion Our Sir Prize and out of the Schehens’ mare Sin Bar wasted little time before making his mark on the Paint community. Bred, raised and trained by the Schehens, Scribbles earned his first APHA point as a 3-month-old, still at his mother’s side, and he went on to stand grand champion at halter 25 times throughout his show career.
Built to perform, Scribbles was versatile under saddle, competing in everything from roping to jumping to Western riding and barrel racing. In total, Scribbles earned more than 280 points in 12 APHA events, was awarded Superiors at halter and Western pleasure, and scored nine other Registers of Merit. Judy and Jim also set and accomplished goals to help Scribblesearn some of APHA’s highest honors: the APHA Champion award in 1977; the Performance Versatility award in 1979; and the Superior All-Around title in 1981. Popular throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the country, Scribbles passed on his winning ways to his offspring. He sired 555 registered Paint foals who went on to amass more than 20,000 points, 400 ROMs, 103 Superiors and 12 world and national titles. Scribbles died at age 23 in 1996.
“He was not only a real athletic horse, but he was a heck of a sire, and it didn’t take a fancy trainer to get it done. He never let us down,” Judy said in a 2014 Paint Horse Journal interview. “Scribbles put us on the map, and we’ll never be able to replace him.”
Q T Poco Streke
1990 black tobiano stallion | Pepsi Poco x Beau W Streaker | Bred by Don & Dennis Allgood, New Sharon, Iowa | Owned by Eber Christopher, Anthony, New Mexico
When Quarter Horse breeder Eber Christopher first learned about Paint Horse genetics, he set out to find the perfect APHA stallion: a talented performer guaranteed to pass on flashy looks when crossed with the Christophers’ solid-colored reining mares. Eber found his match in Q T Poco Streke, a 1990 black tobiano stallion by Pepsi Poco and out of Beau W Streaker.
“He was what we needed to put us in the Paint Horse business,” Eber said in a 2014 Quarter Horse News interview. “We changed our program from just raising Quarter Horses to raising Quarter Horses and Paints, and the Paints overtook them by a long ways.”
In the show pen, “QT” amassed plenty of APHA accolades as well as NRHA championships. Eber also prioritized showcasing QT next to his solid-colored peers, and the duo earned the NRHA Limited Open reserve championship at the 1995 All-American Quarter HorseCongress. Though the stallion was talented in the reining pen, Eber says one of QT’s greatest assets was his homozygous genetics, and he marketed the stallion as “the no-risk Paint Horse” who was guaranteed to pass both the tobiano pattern and black base color to all his foals. Nearly 550 offspring have continued QT’s winning ways, earning a total of 2,550 APHA points, 71 Registers of Merit, 13 Superiors, five reserve world championships and four world championships. Outside the APHA arena, more than 40 get have won more than $48,000 in Equi-Stat earnings, while others found success in roping, cattle and speed events.
Though he died in 2014, the flashy sire’s mark on thePaint Horse world lives on in the pedigrees of some of today’s top tobiano performance horses.
Like A Diamond
1992 sorrel overo stallion | Grays Starlight (QH) x Diamond Jewel Wood | Bred by Sue Hearst & Jessica Kellogg, Paso Robles, California | Owned by Sue Hearst, Millsap, Texas
Estrella Ranch’s cutting program had no plans to stand a stallion; owners Susan and George Hearst opted instead to judiciously breed their elite mares to outside bloodlines. That changed, though, when Diamond Jewel Wood produced her 1992 colt by noted sire Grays Starlight (QH). The first of four foals out of the cross, Like A Diamond’s build and demeanor set him apart from Day One.
In 1996 with Gary Gonsalves in the saddle, 4-year-old “Arnold” captured the 1996 APHA Junior Cutting world championship and claimed a finalist slot at the NCHA Super Stakes. Throughout his career, the stallion also earned his APHA Register of Merit in cutting and more than $9,500 in Equi-Stat earnings via APHA and NCHA cutting events.
It was in the breeding shed, though, that Arnold rose to greatest prominence. His appeal reached across disciplines; in APHA competition, his 531 get have earned 16 world championships and 18 reserve world championships in reining, cutting, barrel racing, heading, breakaway roping, goat tying and working cow horse.
Among other successful reining progeny, Arnold is the sire of RR Star, winner of the 2001 NRHA Open Futurity and the first Paint to win the prestigious event; RR Star also won the 2003 NRHA Derby champion and has Equi-Stat lifetime earnings exceeding $258,000. In 2016, Arnold joined the elite ranks as an NRHA Million Dollar Sire; at time of APHA Hall of Fame induction, Arnold’s get had earned more than $1.7 million in the reining pen.
Owned by Sue his entire life, Arnold died in 2017 at age 25.
1989 sorrel tobiano stallion | Special Lineage (TB) x Judys Chick | Bred by Chuck Bowlan, Tecumseh, Oklahoma | Owned by Chuck & Henry Bowlan, Tecumseh, Oklahoma
When Chuck Bowlan of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, decided to try his hand at the family business of breeding racehorses, he crossed Judys Chick with the family’s Thoroughbred stud Special Lineage. The result was the stuff of Paint racing legends and left an indelible mark on the breed.
Judys Lineage, a 1989 sorrel tobiano with plenty of chrome, hit the track in 1991 under the training of Durk Peery, starting 15 times as a 2- and 3-year-old and earning more than $45,000 with a Speed Index of 95. In 1992, Judys Lineage was crowned the Champion Running Paint 3-Year-Old and 3-Year-Old Colt.
Upon entering the breeding shed, Judys Lineage sired 937 get, 471 of which made it to the track. His offspring have earned more than 580 APHA racing wins and nine of his get have individually earned more than $100,000. His get also include three world champion racehorses, world champions in jumping and pole bending, and reserve world champions in barrel racing and stake race. In 2014, a maiden claiming race victory by Turnpikes Lineage pushed Judys Lineage over APHA’s $5 Million Sire mark. He is also APHA racing’s No. 1 Lifetime Leading Sire by races won and No. 2 Lifetime Leading Sire by money earned as of Hall of Fame induction time.
“He was born here and died here—there aren’t too many horses like that anymore; he was totally part of our family,” Linda Bowlan told the Paint Horse Journal in 2014. “He was truly special. Watching his babies grow up and race was like watching our own kids.”
Judys Lineage died in 2017 at age 28.
Floyd & Maryann Moore
What started with the purchase of one legendary horse blossomed into a lasting dynasty for Floyd and Maryann Moore.
In 1984, Floyd—a cattleman from Huntsville, Texas—purchased Delta Flyer as a promising 2-year-old colt. Not long after watching Delta Flyer excel in the cutting pen, Floyd sought out the colt’s dam, Delta, a 1963 black tobiano mare and 1977 NCHA Hall of Fame inductee, thus forming the royal foundation of 6J Paint Horses.
Through Delta and her progeny—Delta Flyer, Delta Olena and Delta Getsya There—the Moores built a thriving breeding program. Delta Flyer became the first Paint to win a major National Cutting Horse Association limited-age event—the 1986 NCHA Super Stakes—and went on to earn more than $260,000 in career earnings, according to Equi-Stat.
With each generation of flashy Paints, the Moores producedPaint performance horses loaded with color and quality, including more than 25 world or reserve world champions. Buyers from around the world sought out 6J Paint Horses, and Floyd made it a priority to ensure international customers joined the APHA family via transfers and memberships.
Through it all, Maryann managed the daily operations of the Moore’s auction business and the breeding program, including matching mares and stallions, selecting trainers for prospects, maintaining archives and hosting guests at the family’s ranch.
Dedicated to encouraging young horsemen and –women, Floyd and Maryann continually supported the efforts of the American Paint Horse Foundation, endowing two Youth scholarships and donating more than $100,000 and eight 6J-bred horses to the Foundation.
Delta was inducted to the APHA Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural 2012 class. Delta Flyer followed suit in 2015.
The Moores bred Paint Horses for more than 35 years with over 1,300 registered Paints to their name. They left an indelible impact on APHA that will never be forgotten.
Dale & Jean Fell
One relaxing ride through the Rocky Mountains aboard a trusty Paint was the catalyst for Dale and Jean Fell to fall in love with the breed and embark on a journey of leadership at all levels of APHA.
Since their first purchase of Colorado Spook, a 1961 sorrel tobiano mare, the couple bred 68 Paints and campaigned several talented mounts including APHA Champions Gallant Hug and Skippa Rope. Fans of Paint racing, Jean and Dale helped establish and promote the sport at Colorado’s Arapahoe Park, and they raced their own stock at tracks in Oklahoma, Colorado, Idaho and beyond.
The couple was instrumental in the 1963 foundation of the Rocky Mountain Paint Horse Association, of which Dale served as president in 1972 and 1973, as well as the Zone 3 Coordinating Committee, where Jean still serves as sec-retary. Jean is hailed as the first female RMPHA president,and she also established the RMPHA Youth DevelopmentFoundation in 1985, a program that has since provided morethan 40 Youth scholarships in 34 years.
Outside of APHA, Jean and Dale helped Paints flourish in their region, serving as passionate breed promoters during their work with the Western Stock Show Association, the National Western Stock Show and Arapahoe Park racetrack.
Beginning in 1974, both Jean and Dale stepped into larger APHA leadership roles, serving as national directors for 40 and 37 years, respectively, and on committees that included Regional Clubs, Racing, Youth, Breed Improvement, Rules and the APHA Foundation. Dale became the 20th APHA president in 1986. In 2007, Jean received the APHA Distinguished Service Award for her years of leadership.