The ApHC and AYA hosted a horse judging contest for youth on Friday during the National Show in Jackson, Mississippi. At least 11 teams participated. Official results will be posted later, but we know a few basics. High-point overall team placings might not mean much to those who don’t know what the names represent, but here they are: 1st – Illinois Blue; 2nd – Stone Creek Stable; 3rd – Owyee; 4th – Ponchatoula FFA Blue; 5th – Southern Sensation; 6th – Boyd County A; 7th – New Era Ag Center; 8th – Ponchatoula FFA Gold; 9th – Lots of Spots; 10th – Illinois Orange tied with Boyd County B.
Hearsay talks of spotted horses being in Australia sometime around the 1940's and 1950's however no documentary proof is evident. Among the first registered Appaloosa's to arrive in Australia were the stallions Clover Joker Bull, Clover Cochise and the mare Clover Coconut. These horses left California on the 11 July 1966 and after an epic voyage finally arrived in Australia in 1967. In 1971, a gathering of sixty-one Appaloosa breeders and enthusiasts attended a meeting in the . Hall, Nathalia Victoria. The result of this meeting was the formation of the Appaloosa Association of Australia. The first elected committee members were Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Hobson, Mr. Cook, Mr. L. Carden, Mr. B. Kirby, Mr. S. Hordern, Mr. D. Cross, Mr. C. Howe, Mr. V. Cummins, and Mr. Hull. By 1974 there were five Regional Clubs in Australia.