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This is an article written in the Western Horse Review's December 2007 edition about the 2007 Canadian Supreme
Geoff Hoar couldn't have walked - or rode -from this year's Canadian Supreme a happier Man. Aboard Diane and Neville Giberson's ( also of Innisfail) three year old stallion, Ima Bootscootin Lena, also know as "Fletch". Hoar garnered the championships of the coveted Open and Ltd. open Snaffle bit futurities. Beating the hotly contested field took skill on part of both horse and rider in the herd work, reining division and final phase of the event, fence work. No other competitor was ready to simply hand it over to Hoar.
"I had a bit of a tough cow out of the herd," relayed Hoar. "I wish we could have done a little better in our herd work. But the next day in the reined work, Fletch was awesome. He didn't have any trouble with the ground at all - he's the hardest stopping horse I've ever rode. You just run him down there, say "whoa" and he's there! It doesn't matter."
The Pair won the reined work and came back on the third an final day to deliver the last blow to their fellow competitors. Even with a stride-by on their first turn, Fletch stopped hard, came back and spanked the cow into cool submission for his next turn and remaining circles. The pair was awarded a penalty for their first turn but still earned the second highest fence score of the futurity, a well-deserved 145. When all was said and done, Hoar and Fletch marked an aggregate of 432.5 and won $5,418 for the open championship, plus another $880 for the Ltd. Open lead as a result. They also took home two buckles.
"Neville and Diane just wanted to buy a stallion, but they ended up with a Supreme Champion," marveled Hoar. "He's a big stopper. Huge stopper. Cowwy and gritty and strong. That's Fletch in a nutshell. Best I've ever had. He's a nice horse."
The young stallion is sired by Bootscootin Dually, an AQHA stallion and an own son of Dual Pep. His dam is Ima Jo's Doll, the only Appaloosa to ever win the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity. Ima Jo's Doll is owned by Jim Dobler and Heather Mclevin of Delburne, Alberta and was purchased with Fletch by her side. As a yearling, Fletch was later sold to the Giberson's. To say the least, all parties involved in Fletch's life are ecstatic about his success thus far. Recently, he won the Junior Working Cow Horse World Championship title in Fort Worth, TX, as well. Over the next few months, Fletch will take some time off and then will begin showing in the derbies and hackamore classes over the next year.
Written for the Innisfail Province by Jennifer Wilson in fall of 2007
LOCAL TRAINER WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
A Local horse trainer has won a prestigious world championship.
Geoff Hoar, a trainer who works east of Innisfail, recently traveled to Fort Worth, Texas to show a horse in the World Appaloosa Show from Oct. 26 to Nov. 3. The horse, Ima Bootscootin Lena ( aka Fletch), was named the Appaloosa World Champion in the working cowhorse category.
Fletch is owned by Innisfail residents Neville and Diane Giberson.
"It was pretty exciting," said Hoar. "It was the first time I've won a Canadian Supreme Championship and a World Championship."
The show featured horses from all over Canada, the United States, and Mexico. During the competition, Fletch was judged on reining patterns and fence work.
"They have to show how broke they are by doing lead changes, stops and turn arounds," explained Hoar. " They release a cow in the arena and then you have to work a cow through certain maneuvers."
Earlier in the year, Hoar and Fletch also attended the Canadian Supreme held in Red Deer, the premiere showcase for western performance horses in all of Canada. There were horses from all over the Pacific North West competing, including B.C., Saskatchewan, Montana and Alberta.
Fletch won the Snaffle Bit Futurity, which is composed of three classes: cutting, reining, and fence work. The horse also won the open championship.
Hoar said Fletch's wins are especially good because he is only three years old. As well, he's a stallion, which Hoar said are harder to show. "in some ways, they're strong, but they are also sensitive, ' he explained. "When they are good, they are really good. But sometimes they've got that extra grit. If you can channel that grit it's great, but you can't always do that. '
Hoar has been a horse trainer for six years. After university, while in between jobs, he said he just started riding some colts. Hoar had the opportunity to learn from some good trainers and decided to make the change to become a horse trainer.
He had been Training Fletch for about 15 months to get him ready to show. He said horses learn best through repetition and routine, and you should practice daily. "You have to have steady work, but they can't have too hard of work," said Hoar
For now the show season is over but Hoar is already working on the two year old horses for next years futurity. He usually has about 14 or 15 horses in training at a time.
Article as printed in the Red Deer Advocate in Fall of 2007 . Written by Laura Tester
LOCAL CUTTING HORSE CUTS WIDE SWATH AT MAJOR EVENTS
Fletch is taking it easy in the pasture after reining in two prestigious championships.
The Appaloosa stallion and his Innisfail trainer, Geoff Hoar won big recently at the Canadian Supreme competion held at Red Deer's Westerner Park and the World Appaloosa Show in Fort Worth, Texas.
The team wowed Red Deer judges in the category of snaffle bit futurity, which consists of cutting, reining and fence work. The futurity category involved three-year-olds horses.
In cutting, the horse must separate and hold a cow from the rest of the herd.
"You show how much cow savvy your horse has by holding the cow from the herd," said Hoar, 32
Hoar and Fletch also performed well in reining, which involves performing stops, spins and other moves. They also showed progress at fence work, where a single cow is led into the arena.
"You've got to box it at one end, which shows control," Hoar said Then you take it down the fence at least two times and then circle it up both ways."
In Fort Worth, the pair received first prize in the junior working cow horse category. That involved reining and fence work.
Fletch particularly did well since he was up against 4 and five-year old horses, not just his own age.
"You had to qualify for the competition, so there were horses from all over the United States," Hoar said.
Hoar knew the horse was special from the moment he saw him on a ranch near Delburne. He had been looking for a good horse for Innisfail residents Neville and Diane Giberson, who ended up buying Fletch.
The Oklahoma-born horse comes from special blood. His mother was a World Champion in Snaffle Bit Futurity in 1989. His father was a well bred cutting horse stallion in California. "He has champion genetics and he followed that through the training process," hoar said. "He's built strong, he's a big stopper- he's built to do it."
Hoar estimates he put about 15 months of training into Fletch. He made sure the horse was accustomed to more than just arena work. He trained Fletch to work with cattle on his ranch. He also took Fletch to shows in the United States, even if the Appaloosa wasn't competing.
Hoar does a wide range of horse training on his farm east of Innisfail. He expects to resume training with Fletch next February and March, and then enter the stallion in shows once again.
This was written by Dainya Sapergia in the Western Horse Review November/December 2011 edition
Sheza Genuine Lena performed a remarkable feat for owner Neville Giberson of Innisfail, AB. Just last year, Sheza Genuine Lena claimed the CS Open Snaffle Bit championship with Brad Pedersen aboard. It was Pedersen again this year who guided the Appaloosa mare to the CS Open Hackamore Derby reserve title. By Ima Bootscootin Lena, and out of the Genuine Peppy mare Jeepers Little Sug, the pretty little mare exemplified consistency. Pedersen rode her to a 141 in the herd work and a 140 in the reined work, but she really came alive when her fence cow trotted in the arena. She handled the tough cow with style and maturity, marking a spectacular 148. Sheza Genuine Lena and Pedersen brought home a cheque for $1,994 to acknowledge their success in the class. Pedersen fondly says of the mare, "She's very strong down the fence, and she's been really nice to train and show."
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