Cal-Western Appaloosa Show Horse Association is a non profit
organization who has been awarding California state championship
titles and maintaining a permanent point registry for Appaloosa
enthusiasts since 1964.
association, based in San Bernardino, California is regarded as a
cover club for the many Appaloosa regional clubs and associations
These area clubs apply to Cal-Western along with the Appaloosa
National Club for show approvals for their various shows & events
held during the point year throughout California and several
part of the prestige of owning and showing Appaloosas, Cal-Western has
over the years, established a tradition of honoring outstanding
individuals and Appaloosa horses, who have made significant
contributions to Appaloosa history here in California.
Cal-Western, Hall of Fame, has become a veritable who's who in the
history of California Appaloosas.
This elite group of Hall of Fame inductees was begun in 1977
with the induction of Mr. Don Masterson.
To date Cal-Western has inducted a total of 9 outstanding
Appaloosa owners, trainers, breeders and exhibitors who have achieved
immortality in the annuals of Cal-Western Appaloosa history.
equal number of outstanding Appaloosas have made their way into the
realm of legend by their induction to the Hall of Fame.
Not surprisingly, most of these inductees have also been
honored by being named to the Appaloosa Horse Club's, Hall of Fame,
the Appaloosa breeds National/International registry, located in
past February Cal-Western honored four great ladies for their
outstanding, coordinated efforts in the promotion of the Appaloosa
horse in California.
of you may be wondering why or how, 4 people could possibly be
inducted for identical achievements.
It's really no mystery especially for those 'long time' ApHC
and Cal-Western members, as most of the original Appaloosa breeders,
trainers and judges knew these ladies quite well.
Johanson, Jean Mangini, Marge Robertson and Jean Wolfe, worked for
many years with a single-minded purpose to promote Appaloosas.
Even if you were to set aside the fact that they were all
instrumental in the establishment of several Appaloosa regional clubs.
Their real claim to fame was that they managed and built an
Appaloosa show that became a legend in America and the crown jewel of
the California Appaloosa Show scene.
and handlers shipped their spotted horses to San Francisco in droves
for this most prestigious show.
For the next 24 years they came, from all over the country to
try their hand at earning the blue on Appaloosa Day at the Cow
Palace's, Grand National Rodeo and Horse Show in San Francisco.
say that these ladies are long time friends is quite the
Bettye, Marge and Jean M., all belonged to the San Ramon
Horsemen's Association and this trio managed to convince the club
members that they should try putting on an Appaloosa show.
They accomplished this back in 1964 and the club opted, with a
little push from the girls, to hold this event again in 1965.
and Marge were pleased with the interest these Appaloosa shows had
generated and decided that they would seriously try to promote the
breed and became charter members of the Superior-Cal ApHC based in
The foggy drive to Sacramento for meetings convinced the pair
that perhaps the coastal area might be a less stressful commute and
became charter members of the Redwood Empire ApHC.
1965, Bettye, Marge and Jean learned, after talking with friends and
many people in and around the Danville area, that there was quite a
bit of interest in the Appaloosa horse.
And so again, they became instrumental in start up of the E Wa
Tom Lih Kinh ApHC in their own home area.
one of the very first official meetings of the E Wa Tom club Jean
Wolfe and her husband Tra, walked in the front door of the Alamo
Women's Club House where the meetings were being held.
Jean Wolfe with her strong interest in the Appaloosa breed
formed a friendship with these other three ladies that has lasted a
was during this same period that the four decided that the Appaloosa
horse needed more public exposure and began talks with the Grand
It took them 2 years and many long meetings but their
persistence paid off in spades.
The Cow Palace hosted the very first Appaloosa Day during the
Grand National in 1968 and they continued this format for the next 23
four ladies have never stopped promoting the Appaloosa horse in all of
Jean Wolfe was a staunch supporter of the Appaloosa breed until
the time of her death.
Jean Mangini and Marge Robertson still support the E Wa Tom
club and if you just happen by an E Wa Tom event in the
Antioch/Livermore area, say hello to Bettye Johanson; yes, she still
works at all of the E Wa Tom events to this very day.
more information on the Cal-Western Appaloosa Show Horse Association
visit their website at www.cal-westernappaloosa.com
or phone (909) 794-0022.
The Appaloosa Horse Club, Moscow, Id maintains a website at
or you can
phone (208) 882-5578.