Tilly has shown she could do well in Trail
classes, as she quickly mastered trotting and loping over poles while
in training this spring. She has
good movement, nice markings, a sweet disposition and
is easy to handle.
During training this past spring, Amy exhibited promise as a Western
Pleasure show-quality mover. A pro trainer said she
could be ready for AQHA-level competition in about 120 days. She is a
2004 bay dun mare
Sire: Zip to the
Dam: Glorious Grace
(see both below)
Grace is comfortable most anywhere out on the trail,
crossing water without hesitation. She is well-broke, picks up both
leads, pivots, loads, and lots more. She's pretty too, with a nice
chunky build, and a dun stripe to boot.
2008 bay gelding Sire: Mr. Coats N Tails,
an Invitation Only grandson
Dam: Zip on in Kayla,
This appendix-registered gelding has a quarter horse
mind in a thoroughbred body. He's quite patient and
unflappable for a horse of his body style. He's just waiting for a
trainer to perfect his long sweeping Hunt Seat trot.
for World in Trail, Western Horsemanship, Hunt Seat Equitation, and Hunter
Cadence and Clara Vaughn
showing in Hunter Under Saddle at Pine Bluff, Ar.
SumRall Photography, May 2009
Vaughn heads for college this fall. She is ready to let another
"Topsy" to new heights.
We raised this mare.
Clara started her as a two-year-old and won an
open all-around trophy at Topsy's first AQHA show. Topsy was two and
Clara was 13. Since then, with limited showing, the duo has earned over
60 AQHA points in all divisions, plus won two Arkansas QHA Youth
All-Around year-end championships, has shown at the AQHA Youth World
in multiple events, and been awarded numerous AQHA All-Around show
Sire: Zip to the Topnotch
Dam: Lupes Cash Kat, by Kat Man Zip
2008 South Central Horse
Show Asso. VERSATILITY YOUTH CHAMPION
performed at the 2008
AQHA YOUTH WORLD
for World in Trail, Hunt Seat Equitation, and Hunter
At the 2008 AQHA Youth World Show. From left: Trainer Linda Risner,
Tegan Vaughn, mother Denise Vaughn, Clara (mounted on "Topsy"), aunt
Jean Haltom, and father Glenn Vaughn. Photo
by KC Montgomery At right:
"Topsy" and Clara showing in Arkansas. To win the 2008 ArQHA All-Around award,
two competed in Hunter Under Saddle, Equitation, Trail, Western
Horsemanship, Showmanship, Halter, & Reining. Both photos by
Topnotch Cadence is now for sale.
Circuit Champs in Equitation at the
ArQHA Memorial Day Show,
Executing a Trail
pattern while on the Arkansas Circuit.
OZARK-RAISED QUARTER HORSES ARE GREAT
FOR TOWN AND COUNTRY
horses in the Ozarks for over 25 years, we've produced plenty of
well-mannered young horses that have been handled since
birth. Surrounded by miles of backwoods trail, our young
mounts learn to cross creeks, climb steep hills, and get
comfortable in the woods. Photo at right is Gary Thomlinson riding Doc
Denise Vaughn riding Zipnzorro along Little Pine Creek. For
other photos of our
young horses in action,
click here to see A Day on The Trail.
at left, taken at an Arkansas open
show in May 2004, is Zip on in
a daughter of Zip to the Topnotch, during the filly's two-year-old show
Shown by Clara Vaughn, then age
earned a number of blue ribbons and a fair chunk of cash, competing in
western pleasure against experienced horses.
During 2005, at age
three, Kayla became an all-around horse, competing at AQHA breed
shows in Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship,
Pleasure, Horsemanship, and Trail. Kayla was Ozark Quarter Horse
Association 2005 Reserve Champion in Equitation and Horsemanship in the
Novice Youth division.
great combination of show horse, trail horse, and brood mare.
solid, healthy, well-trained, versatile mare with
a very quiet
She'll trail ride solo with no trace of herd-bound behavior. She makes
a good "boyfriend horse."
WE'VE SOLD SOME
great for town shows, rural trails, .... and other countries!
transplanted to Germany
Pictured above is our grullo
at a Willow
Springs, Missouri, show in
2002. In 2005, Glory
Germany, imported by a German breeder who specializes in AQHA
foundation-bred grullo horses. She is now owned by Ilse Sidon, also of
As of 2010, Glory has given birth to four foals since arriving in
Genie exported to Canada
Doc's Glorious Genie,
buttermilk dun, is shown here at age two, crossing
Little Pine Creek
after fewer than a dozen rides.
In 2009, Genie left the Ozarks for the wide-open lands
north of the border, traveling with a trainer who focuses on ranch
SOLD CLOSER TO
Zip to the
Topnotch Our founding sire, "Rusty" stood at Risner
Horses in West Plains for many years. Two of his daughters showed at
the AQHA Youth World Show in 2008, and one, our mare Topnotch Cadence,
was Arkansas Youth All-Around Champion two years running. His offspring
have tallied many AQHA points.
sister Fantastic Invitation is an AQHA World Champion with over
700 AQHA points.
With so many of Rusty's daughters now
forming the majority of our herd, we have sold "Rusty." We hope he does
well in his new home in Arkansas.
2008, Danna Cornell of West Plains, Mo. bought Polly
Topnotchand for a time kept her in
Risner's show barn. She
proved to be very
quiet and agreeable both at shows and on the trail.
This 2005 daughter of Zip to the Topnotch qualifed for the Multi-State
Invitational Championship show
as a two-year-old. Ridden
in photo above by trainer
Amanda Mayers, Polly is crossing a "bridge" used in Trail Class
more Polly pix, plus on-line video of
Polly's go at the horse show, winning first
place in her first class
Full sister Topnotch
ASSOCIATES AND NEIGHBORS
For the best in Western
Pleasure or Hunt Seat quarter horses, we
in West Plains, Missouri. The Risners
raise, sell, train, show, and board quarter horses, offering heated
barns and indoor and outdoor arenas. They also give lessons in both
Western and English riding. Contact Linda Risner at
Our friends at Ozark
Equine break young horses, giving them great experience
on trails in the Mark Twain National Forest. For photos of of a typical
trail ride, see A Day on The Trail.
To contact Gary and Susan at Ozark
call 417-469-0105 or email
And, the neighbors next door
raise horses, at Little Pine Creek Missouri Fox Trotters. If
you're looking for foxtrotters, contact Ann at www.littlepinecreek.com.
Creek Quarter Horses
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