The Freedom Special

Appaloosa Horse Show

Halter  •   Western Pleasure  •  Hunt Seat  •   Games •     Cattle Classes

Your ApHC Presenting Regional Club

Added Money!

High Point Awards!

Cattle Classes!

Non Pro Walk Trot Classes!

2014 Judges:  Cheryl Ogle, Bill French, John Ed Tabb, Dan Williams          

History of the Freedom Special

In 2003, the Hoosier Appaloosa Association first sponsored a major event for Appaloosa horse owners throughout the Midwest — The Freedom Special.  In early April of 2014, exhibitors will come to the C Bar C Arena in Cloverdale, Indiana, for a four-judged show featuring the major stock horse disciplines — Halter, Western, English, Cattle and Games. To accommodate the large number of exhibitors, the show has expanded to four full days of competition. With the late March date, this is one of the first shows that is held in the Midwest, so it has a substantial draw from people who have sat out the Winter and now are ready to get back to showing their horses. Plus, the multiple judges, class size and resultant national points awarded, and the accommodating facility now attracts exhibitors from the eastern 2/3 of the USA.

Show Facts:

  • Exhibitors are mostly from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, but come from as far away as Texas, New York, Florida, Connecticut and Minnesota.
  • 125 classes for Open, Youth and Non-Pro exhibitors
  • Show attracted 1,084 entries for open classes, 972 for Non-Pro and 996 for Youth in 2010, making it the third  largest regional show in the nation in 2013.
  • Appaloosas are the only breed to run barrels and poles “horse against horse” — two horses enter the arena and compete against each other. The first horse back to the finish line wins that heat and advances through a bracket system to determine the overall class winner.

Our 2014 Freedom Special High Point Winners