Thursday, November 15, 2007
Meucci Ranch - home of a world champion
Meucci Ranch of Byhalia, now boasts as the home of 2007 Open Weanling World Champion Halter Colt and Open Weanling World Champion halter filly! This took place on November 1 at the Will Rogers Memorial Stadium in Ft. Worth, Tx. The John Justin Arena was the center of events from October 26 through November 3. This nine-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 Byhalians. They represent the newest standard in genetics for the appaloosa breed. They were presented by Monte Horn, a native of Terry, and owned by Bob and Ruth Meucci.
Monte Horn is a third 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, La., 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,” said the Meuccis. “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 year’s 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 year’s 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 trainer’s first World Championship. Both have had many world wins since, and we are fortunate to have many of these fine stallions here at Meucci Ranch,” the Meuccis said.
This was a “perfecta” for both Meucci Ranch and Monte Horn because these were 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 Meuccis. “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 Meuccis themselves have painstakingly selected, across breed lines, to incorporate characteristics and genetics that they felt that both their breed, herd and specific individuals needed,” they said.
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 Meuccis 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.
Bob and Ruth Meucci are always happy to welcome visitors by appointment, and enjoy sharing their appreciation of a good horse with their Mississippi neighbors as well as their appaloosa friends from around the world.
Come see them at their Victoria Road address in Byahlia, and share in the elation of the “Victory in Victoria.” Or visit their website at www.meucciranch.com.
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