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ApHc announces 2008 Chief Joseph Trail Ride Medallion Winners

MOSCOW, Idaho—The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is proud to announce Special Consensus, Stormy Be Gone, Be Appy Jack and Walks Far Eagle as the 2008 Chief Joseph Trail Ride Medallion winners.

The Chief Joseph Trail Ride medallion is earned by an ApHC-registered horse that completes 10 consecutive years of the annual ride. This historic ride retraces as closely as possible the 1,400-mile trek the Nez Perce and their Appaloosas took during their flight from the U.S. Cavalry in 1877. The ride winds through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana in 13 yearly segments, each consisting of approximately 100 miles. Each horse traveled more than 1,000 miles to earn this prestigious award.

Special Consensus has been a part of the Chief Joseph Trail Ride since 1996 with proud owner Gene Merrell aboard, but the 22-year-old mare did not begin her consecutive rides until 1999. Though there has been a change of riders throughout the years, Special Consensus and Merrell began the ride together and earned the medallion together.

Stormy Be Gone joined the Chief Joseph Trail Ride in 1999 with proud owner Steve Fischer. Stormy Be Gone and Fischer have enjoyed 10 of the 13 Chief Joseph Trail Ride segments together.

Be Appy Jack first began the Chief Joseph journey with proud owner Bonnie Ewing in 1999. Be Appy Jack and Ewing have traveled nearly 1,000 miles together through the Chief Joseph Trail Ride, though Be Appy Jack completed the most recent leg of the journey with rider Tazia Baldwin.

The final recipient of a 2008 Chief Joseph Trail Ride medallion is Walks Far Eagle. Walks Far Eagle has been a part of this historic trail ride every year since 1996. The 1992 gelding is proudly owned by the Chief Joseph Foundation.

The ApHC would like to thank the owners of these quality Appaloosas for continuing to be a part of the Chief Joseph tradition year after year.

Each Appaloosa’s owner received their medallion at the Chief Joseph Trail Ride in July 2008. The 2009 Chief Joseph Trail Ride will take place July 19-25, beginning in Darby, Mont. and ending at the Big Hole National Battlefield. For more information about the upcoming Chief Joseph Trail Ride, contact the ApHC Trail & Distance Department at (208) 882-5578 ext. 221; via email at trailrides@appaloosa.com or visit http://www.appaloosa.com.

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was established in 1938, with a mission of preserving, promoting and enhancing the Appaloosa breed. The ApHC has since registered more than 670,000 Appaloosas, which are known for their distinctive color, intelligence and even temperament. True to their reputation as an extremely versatile breed, Appaloosas can be found in nearly every discipline including racing, endurance riding and serving as reliable family horses. The international breed registry is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, the heart of the Palouse region—the Appaloosa breed’s namesake and point of origin.


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