The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is pleased to announce the 2019 Racing Hall of Fame and Trail Hall of Fame Inductees. Candidates for the Racing Hall of Fame award were nominated by ApHC members and voted on by the Executive Race Committee. Individuals who have completed 50 or more ApHC-approved or sponsored rides are inducted into the Trail Riders’ Hall of Fame. Please join the ApHC in congratulating the following 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Racing Hall of Fame
- The Hooper Honker – 1975 gelding bred by Don R. Korth of Mapleton, UT and owned by Jay F. Thompson of Hooper, UT. The Hooper Honker earned $51,880 during his time on the track, accumulating 11 wins in 13 starts. He won the World Wide Futurity in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1977, was named the Two-Year-Old Sprint Gelding and also earned a Bronze medallion that year. He continued winning the following year and was named the Three-Year-Old Champion Gelding in 1978.
- Robert Lapp, Eau Claire, WI – Bob Lapp served on the ApHC Board of Directors from 1995 to 2001, with several years as a member of the Executive Race Committee. He played a significant role in the rewrite of the rulebook to allow non-characteristic, out-crossed Appaloosas to race. Appaloosa Racing could not have survived without this rewrite. He has continued to be an advocate and supporter of Appaloosa Racing, authoring over 30 racing articles for Appaloosa Journal since 2015 and helping bring recognition to the horses and people of Appaloosa Racing through his work with Racing Hall of Fame.
Trail Hall of Fame
- Jeff Hoffman, Paradise, TX – Jeff Hoffman rode his first ride with the ApHC, the Apache Land Trail Ride, back in 2001. He has since been on 57 ApHC-approved or sponsored rides, not only as a rider, but several as a scout. He has ridden the Chief Joseph Trail Ride, Sheltowee Trail Ride, Apache Land Trail Ride, and many others multiple times over the last 19 years. The ApHC Trail Riders’ Hall of Fame was established to specifically recognize ApHC members for their exemplary participation and contributions to the ApHC Trail program.
More information on The Hooper Honker, Robert Lapp and Jeff Hoffman will be uploaded to the Hall of Fame page on the ApHC website in the coming weeks. https://www.appaloosa.com/association/hof.htm
The Appaloosa Hall of Fame was created in 1986. The above inductees will be honored at the 2019 Year-End Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the 73rd National Championship Appaloosa Show in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, each Hall of Fame inductee will be recognized on an engraved plaque featuring a photograph and biography to be on permanent display in the Appaloosa Museum.
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 700,000 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 or 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.
Elaine Pierson, Marketing Director
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