*Excerpt from Feb 1995 The Appaloosa magazine:


Owner: E & D Reesor
Battle Creek Appaloosas - Walsh, AB

In 1987, BCA Flyin Higher became the second to receive the Supreme Sire Award. In addition to proving himself as a sire, he also holds a distinguished show record. Although six of his foals have earned an OMB Award, many others have also been successful in the ring.

It wasn't until he turned three that the Reesors turned BCA Flyin Higher over to Debbie Thompson to begin his serious training. Prior to that, he was occasionally pulled out of the pasture and taken to an open show where Deanna says he did "extremely well against other breeds".AS a two year old, he was given a months training under saddle and ridden lightly around the ranch.

His first major win and Grand Championship cam at Agribition in 1980. Debbie also fitted and showed him for the Reesors at the Nationals in 1981, where he became Canadian Grand Champion Stallion and also picked up points in English and Western Pleasure. He was qualified and entered in the World Championship show in Oklahoma, however, he was unable to attend as he chipped a bone in his hind leg.

The injury took some time to mend, and the Reesors thought they may only be able to use him for breeding. After several months, however, he appeared to be sound, so he again was ridden, mostly to check cattle. He was also "broke" to harness, which Deanna says is a story in itself, and pulled some feed out to the cows.

Soon after, the Reesors decided to enter some more shows, in Deanna's words, "Being point hungry and thinking it would be nice to earn an OMB. Flyin High did not only earn the required points, but his versatility really shone as he successfully competed, not only in English and Western Pleasure, but also in Trail, Reining, Working Cow Horse, Hunter, Barrels and Poles."

Deanna goes on to say, "Now it's one thing to be a show stallion, but can he sire anything? It didn't take long to find this out either." His first foal, Starlett On High, as a two year old filly, won her very first performance class under saddle (Jr. English Pleasure, 1982 Canadian Western Agribition). She also placed second in a large Junior Western Pleasure class at the same show.

Achievements of other OMB holders sired by "Flyin High" are as follows;

BCA Mr. Star Berry - 1986 Canadian National Champion Gelding and Supreme Halter Winner
BCA High Gear - Canadian National Champion Western Riding
BCA High Calibar - Superior Halter Award (also carried his rider to overall High Pt. Youth at '87 Nat'ls)

These horses, and including Nina Castana and BCA High Trump, have not only earned their OMB, but have won in nearly every performance event offered.

"Flyin High" has 31 offspring with show records. For example, he is also the sire of Wee Bit High, 1986 Canadian National Champion Cutting Horse. In addition, a good number of his sons and daughters are being enjoyed as pleasure and trail riding horses. Others are to be found earning their keep on farms and ranches around the country.

The "Flyin High" story actually began when Deanna decided to take her champion Quarter Horse mare, Shoo Fly Peppy, to High Bar. The mating was not a random occurrence. The choice was made with deliberate care.

Deanna was proud of Shoo Fly Peppy; her background was impressive in Quarter Horse circles. The get of her sire, The Ole Man, have earned over a million dollars on the race track, and at one time or another he has been on every leading sire list of the AQHA. Her dam, Fiery Peppy, was also a Halter Champion and carried the blood of Peppy 212, famous for his cutting offspring.

Obviously not just any stallion would do. High Bar was chosen over other Appaloosa stallions for several reasons. He enjoyed a successful show career from California to Ontario. One of the highlights was winning the largest prestigious $1000. Open Western Pleasure Stake at the Cow Palace in San Francisco against all breeds. As a sire, High Bar had dozens of halter futurity performances and race winners to his credit (including a race medallion winner. ) High Bar was also extremely well bred. His sire, Light Bar AAA, was the Champion Quarter Running Colt of 1960 and his dam, High Spots Lady, was sired by High Spot, a sire of National and World Champions.

Deanna describes the event of "Flyin High's" birth. "Needless to say, the year waiting to see the results was a long one. However, the wait was worthwhile. What a thrill it was to go down to the barn on March 25, 1977 and see one of the most perfectly formed foals we have ever seen. Our herd sire had indeed arrived!"

*NOTE: statistics may have changed as of this publishing date May 24/02

 

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