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ApHC Champion Horse
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3 time World Champion
2 time National Champion

Dream is a 1986 bay roan gelding registered with the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) as "A Dream Come True". I purchased Dream from a family friend while I was in college in hopes of having an all-around prospect. Dream has far exceeded my expectations!

Dream was bred in West Virginia by Dr. John Godfrey. His sire was Baby Bar Patch. His "Appaloosa Roots" include two ApHC Hall of Fame members. He is a great-grandson of Apache and a great-great-grandson of Patchy. The thoroughbred Three Bars can also be found in this side of Dream's pedigree.

Dream's dam was a Quarter Horse mare, Franza Bar, a double great granddaughter of the thoroughbred Three Bars. One of his distant relatives even won the Belmont Stakes !!! (Luke McLuke in 1914).

Dream began his show career in Maryland at small, local shows. I began showing Dream in the larger, ApHC regional shows in 1989. Within a few years, we were showing up and down the east coast.

In 1995, our jobs took us to Texas. Dream came along of course. I started showing in Texas the spring of 1996. I took the second half of that show season off so Dream and I could adjust to being Texans!

In October of 1996, Dream and I started "serious" trail-riding with the Cowboy Capital Trail Riders, from Bandera, Texas. I met a lot of really nice people and look forward to going on other trail rides with this group in the future. I was really proud of how my "little show-pony" handled all the new experiences on the real trails. In November 1996, we went on the Cowboy Capitol Toys For Kids benefit ride. On this ride, Dream actually crossed running water for the first time! I was so proud! He didn't even hesitate to walk right into the stream.

In March of 1997, I finally got serious about Pleasure Driving, and sent Dream to a trainer. He did extremely well, and the trainer was really surprised that such an "old" horse picked up pulling a cart so easily.

In 1998, I decided to once again try something different, this time it was riding side saddle. Like everything else, Dream took right to it. He earned his ROM in less than a year!

In 2000, I started running Dream in games classes. Dream has become a real speedster. So far, his favorite games class is Keyhole with the Figure-8 race running a close second.

Dream completed his ROM in Keyhole on April 22, 2000. He earned the ten points at 4 shows over three weekends! With the completion of this ROM, Dream earned the ApHC Versatility Champion Award!

Dream completed the points to earn his ROM in Trail on August 26, 2000. Along with this ROM, Dream earned the ApHC Supreme Champion Horse Award. This award has only been earned by 29 other horses as of January 1, 2000.

Using Dream as my only mount, I completed the requirements for the Non-Pro Supreme Champion Lifetime Award in November of 2000.

And to top it off, Dream lead the nation in Senior Saddle Seat Pleasure for 2000!

2002 ApHC National Championships!

National Champion - Non-Pro Saddle Seat Pleasure
6th - Open Saddle Seat Pleasure
8th - Non-Pro 35 & Over Showmanship at Halter

2002 ApHC World Championships!

Reserve World Champion - Non-Pro Saddle Seat Pleasure
Reserve World Champion - Open Saddle Seat Pleasure
7th - Open Keyhole Race
8th - Non-Pro Keyhole Race

2002 Lead the Nation in Ladies Side Saddle


  • Registered Name: A Dream Come True
  • Foaled: 1986 in Hurricane, West Virginia
  • Breed: Appaloosa
  • Color: Bay Roan
  • Sire: Baby Bar Patch
  • Dam: Franza Bar (AQHA)
  • Breeder: Dr. John S. Godfrey, DVM

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2005 Nationals
Nationals 2005

Dream in his show halter

Dream in his full bridle

Dream with his "twin" - Cocacola Cowboy

Dream's second outing in harness

Dream and I with "the gang" at the 1997 Nationals

Dream in showmanship

Our first World Championship!

Our 1997 Worlds brag photo
Dream doing Sidesaddle

Dream and the Trail course

Dream running Games