Exceptional Paints often take center stage at the APHA World Championship Show, , but occasionally, a few stand out above the rest. On November 4, three Paints and their connections received special awards in honor of special career achievements.
Zippos Sensation: 2015 Leading Breeders’ Trust Sire
From his meteoric rise to leading sire status to reigning No.1 Breeders’ Trust Sire for 15 consecutive years, few stallions have achieved the iconic status earned by Zippos Sensation.
The 1993 sorrel overo stallion by Zippo Pine Bar (QH) and out of Satin N Lace was bred by Joe Bacmuth of Cullman, Alabama. Purchased by Simons Show Horses of Aubrey, Texas, as a weanling, “Zippo” went on to win the 1994 APHA World Show’s Yearling Longe Line Futurity before retiring to the breeding barn, where his true greatness began to shine.
Zippo has sired 960 APHA-registered foals to date. His get have earned more than 170 world championships and 162 reserve world championships, and he became the first Paint Horse inducted into the National Snaffle Bit Association in 2007. Zippo was laid to rest on July 11 and remains the stallion that forever changed the Paint breed.
Timeless Assets: Open Superior All-Around Award
Timeless Assets has proven his versatility once again, earning the APHA Open Superior All-Around award. The 2005 bay overo gelding sire by Frozen Assets and out of This Times Divine is owned by Coleen Bull of Reed City, Michigan, and was bred by Charlene Lee Streator.
“Tucson” earned a total of 2,109 Open points on his journey to this achievement; he also netted Superiors in halter, color, hunter under saddle, trail and Western pleasure on top of Registers of Merit in barrel racing, hunter hack, Western riding and pleasure driving.
Tucson is only the 160th Paint to earn this award. In recognition of his achievements, Coleen and Tucson took home a cash prize of $2,500 and a crystal trophy by Cowboy Bronze.
Ron Larson & Silver N Old Gold: Superior Amateur Champion Award
Ron Larson of Racine, Minnesota, and Silver N Old Gold made history as APHA’s eighth Amateur Superior Champion. The 2001 bay overo gelding by Zippos Old Gold (QH) and out of Miss Black Tux was bred by Molly Precourt.
Ron and “Rooster” have earned 857 Amateur points together, as well as Superiors in Western horsemanship, showmanship, Western pleasure, barrel racing, halter, pole bending, trail and stake race, and ROMs in ranch riding and reining.
In recognition of their achievements, Ron and Rooster earned a cash prize of $2,500 and a Cowboy Bronze crystal trophy.
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