Big Back to Back Victories on Victoria

By: Ruth Meucci

Meucci Ranch of Byhalia, MS now boast as the home of 2007 Open weanling World Champion Halter Colt and Open Weanling World Champion halter filly! This took place on November 1st at the Will Rogers Memorial Stadium in Ft. Worth, Tx. The John Justin Arena was the center of events from October 26th through November 3rd. This 9 day yearly event comprises the ultimate culmination, in an assortment of horse competition for the Appaloosa breed. These two World Champions were born and bred Byhalia Mississippians. They represent the newest standard in genetics for the appaloosa breed. They were presented by Monte Horn, a resident of Terry MS.,and owned by Bob and Ruth Meucci.

Monte Horn is a 3rd generation horseman and his pretty wife Anna's family originally hails from Louisiana, and is only the second generation of people " hooked on horses". Monte is a well known trainer in the Quarter Horse, Paint, and Palomino breeds, most notably for his connection with the prestigious "HECK YEA" Quarter Horse Ranch.

Transcendant, is the name of the 2007 World Champion Open Halter colt. He is by multiple medallion winning sire; Al Bay B. This is a 17hh, son of a popular sire of leading sires; " All Inclusive", who is now deceased. Al Bay B is owned by Ronald Dominque of LaFayette, Louisiana, and has been standing at Meucci Ranch for the last two years. Transcendant, owned by Meucci Ranch is out of Awe Sum Maid, Reserve World, and Reserve National Champion by Awe Striker. Awe Striker is a Mississippi born and bred leading sires list stallion, medallion winner, and multiple medallion producer. He is owned and standing at Meucci Ranch.

Awe Candy Girl, is the name of the 2007 World Champion Open Halter Filly. She is by Awe Striker, reversely...out of an own daughter of All Inclusive. Both World Champions are born, bred, and owned by Meucci Ranch.

"Awe Striker has produced multiple world, national and reserve world champions but they were not always owned by Meucci Ranch. This is the first time in over 23 years of breeding Appaloosas that Meucci Ranch has bred, owned, and shown a World Champion." say the Meucci's. "Many mares and colts by Awe Striker are proving to be producers as well. Standing behind Transcendant was a colt out of a former Meucci Ranch mare, and by an All Inclusive son that was also out of a former Meucci Ranch mare. We named this future sire of this years Res W CH; "Mr All Inclusive". For that former customer we, fit, and also had Mr All Inclusive shown to his first World Championship. Tim Finkenbinder who presented this years Res open colt, was also introduced to the Appaloosa breed by presenting Dynamic Kid to A Te. This is an example of yet another colt owned,and shown, to both a colt and a trainers first World Championship. Both have had many world wins since, and we are fortunate to have many of this fine stallions get here at Meucci Ranch."

This was a "perfecta" for both Meucci Ranch and Monte Horn because this was Monte's first world wins, in the Appaloosa breed. " Only two horses were shown, and as usual we didn't show in non-pro, only in open." Said the Meucci's;" In years of breeding Meucci Ranch has stood such outstanding stallions as; Surpass, R U Kid N Me, Rocket Finder, Go To Impress, Rev N To Go, and The Titan, beside Al Bay B, Awe Striker and two others this year. We've been fortunate to hire expert trainers such as; David Terrell, Blue Lanem, Linda Meneely, Terry Sartain, Lawrence Hyatt, among many others. These victories reflect considerable years of intensive effort on the part of skilled individuals, other breeders, vets, employees, and outstanding genetics from which the Meucci Ranch breeding program was built upon. The Meucci's themselves have painstakingly selected, across breed lines, to incorporate characteristics and genetics that they felt that both their breed, herd and specific individuals needed."

Appaloosas of today reflect the pinnacle of excellence that can ill afford barn or breed bias in World competition. The herd at Meucci Ranch is strongly unabashedly influenced by: Three Bars, Impressive Tardy, Kelo, Kid Clu, Sonny D Bar and The Phenomenal. Their Appaloosa breeding includes individuals such as Dream Finder, Kelo Connection, All Inclusive and of course Goer among others. These 2007 World Championship winners represent the newest benchmark genetics, that have a tendency to be the forerunners of our breed. In light of this the Meucci's agree: " We are humbled to be so honored ". It should be mentioned here that both World Champions are HYPP N/N, and the solid filly is out of both a highly colored sire and dam.

Another point of interest would be in the 2007 open weanling colt class three of the top four placings were Awe Striker bred! Awestriker's Chance by Awe Striker was forth. (And was ill during the class) Transcendant is by Al Bay B but is out of reserve world and reserve national champion Awe Sum Maid by Awe Striker. The reserve world champion Classy Mr TF is out of Awe Filly Classy by Awe Striker and by Mr All Inclusive. I'm unsure of other open halter classes except for Awe Sumtive Power by Awe Striker who was seventh in open aged stallions.

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