The Paint industry has lost a legend. Slide A Way Sally died at age 22 from colic. The 1992 sorrel tobiano mare by Olympia Joe and out of Spice N Ice holds the all-time record for most world championship titles held, earning her final two titles at the 2014 APHA World Championship Show.
“Sally” earned 24 world championships over the course of her distinguished career as one of the premier speed event horses in the Paint industry. Her accolades include six world championships in Youth Stake Race, seven world championships in Amateur Stake Race, three world championships in Amateur Barrel Racing, four world championships in Open Stake Race, two world championships in Youth Pole Bending, a world championship in Open Barrel Racing and a world championship in Youth Barrel Racing.
Sally had a habit of doing things her way, owner David Headley of Port Gibson, Mississippi, says.
“You had to close everything because she’d get out on the highway and graze by the road, even though she had 400 acres of grass,” David said. “That was just her personality. She never got in the road; she knew what she was doing.”
Sally earned her first world championship in 1999 with Summer Jones in Youth Barrel Racing and promptly followed up with two more titles in Youth Pole Bending and Youth Stake Race, starting a winning streak that would last more than a decade.
David and Sally were quite the team, earning 10 of her 24 world championships together.
“I was blessed to have had her,” David said. “It was a good relationship. She gave 100 percent every time.”
Fittingly, Sally went out on top after breaking the record for most world championship titles won by a horse in APHA history at the 2014 APHA World Show.
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