My love of the Appaloosa began in 1965 when my good friend, Mary Lichtle, helped me find my first horse, a green broke Appaloosa mare. Lady and I learned a lot together with Mary’s help!
A “few years” later Mary Burger became a world champion barrel racer and I was lucky enough to meet J.B.’s Sham-O-Kin. I fell in love and brought him home from Tennessee as a two year old. Sham-O-Kin produced some beautiful foals with Lady and outside mares, advancing his ApHC papers from Tentative to Permanent based on production.
I hated selling foals so I stopped breeding them while my husband, Mark, and I raised four children. We all enjoyed ice hockey in the winter and showing leased 4H horses in the summer. When I thought about breeding Appaloosas again it seemed the ApHC was promoting crosses with other breeds! I remembered talk of closing the books so this shocked and disappointed me and at the time (pre Facebook) I thought no one else cared. I was discouraged and gave up breeding Sham-O-Kin even to outside mares.
Lady had passed and J.B.’s Sham-O-Kin was alone in the barn when Tom Taylor contacted me looking for him. We shared a love for the Appaloosa and Sham-O-Kin in particular. That meeting led to the lease of Tom and Linda’s mare, K Bar Sugarbear, for the sole purpose of preserving the legendary bloodlines Sham-O-Kin and Sugarbear carried. J.B.’s Sham-O-Kin was 30 when he sired JBS Sham Again. (i.e., J.B.’s Sham-O-Gin if the ApHC hadn’t just banned special characters in names.) Sham Again earned grand prize in County 4H as a weanling and went on to place fifth in a very large class at the Indiana State Fair, possibly the youngest in his class with a June 25 foal date and his dam by his side! Stallions can’t be shown in 4H and he was created to produce so that was the extent of his show career. We are not a show family.
I was delighted when Tom founded the Foundation Appaloosa Horse Registry (FAHR) to preserve and protect the breed we both loved – the authentic Appaloosa by blood generated from the horses selected by the ApHC founders as the Foundation of the breed. I’m excited to have discovered Real Appaloosa Breeders, another like minded group dedicated to the authentic Appaloosa, including solids!
I am also pleased and excited about the progress the International Colored Appaloosa Association (ICAA) is making toward producing a modern ICAA purebred. They have chosen a goal of eight generations of ApHC horses of today to be designated as ICAA purebreds. I am proud to say that JBS Sham Again is contributing to that goal.
With the help of his trainer and breeding manager, Jim Dettmer of Dettmer’s Rising Sun, I have finally been able to continue my mission to preserve and protect the true appaloosa and Sham’s legendary bloodlines with Sham’s gorgeous and athletic foals to carry on his Hall of Fame, foundation, and racing bloodlines not available this close from younger stallions sired by younger stallions. Sundancing Chelsea O and Joker Nava O Sunbear have found wonderful homes in Michigan and Ohio; follow their careers on their pages of this website. A 2016 Sham Again filly, Ivory Rose, is sold and will be moving to California; you can follow her here also. Only outside mares will be bred in the future so Ivory Rose could be the last JBS Sham Again foal available for direct purchase.
Sham will be available in 2017 for live cover of limited outside dry mares only, with discounts for ICAA, FAHR, FAA, Sportaloosa, and multiple mares. A “work and earn” option is available to local 4H Members and Leaders. Sham will alternate breeding and relaxing at home where he was bred, born and raised, with winters away while I continue with joint replacement surgeries. Meanwhile Mary is still breaking records and I am so proud to still call her and Kerry my friends!
May all your days be Appy! ~~~Kay