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NSBA Hall of Fame Inductees Unveiled

Three American Quarter Horses and one AQHA Professional Horseman will be inducted into the National Snaffle Bit Association Hall of Fame.

By Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse Journal
April 10, 2014

Skys Blue Boy photo by Kelly Graphics and courtesy of NSBA

The late stallion Skys Blue Boy was one of three American Quarter Horses named in the 2014 NSBA Hall of Fame induction class. (Credit: Kelly Graphics photo courtesy of NSBA)

The National Snaffle Bit Association recently announced its selections for induction into the NSBA Hall of Fame in 2014. Each inductee will be honored August 13 at the 2014 NSBA Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the NSBA World Championship Show and Breeders Championship Futurity in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Inductees include Ruler I Am, Skys Blue Boy, Paleface Doll and Stephen Stephens. 

Ruler I Am

A 1981 Appendix Quarter Horse gelding by Mr. Crimson Ruler (TB) and out of Shesaruler by Truxton King (TB), Ruler I Am was bred by B.F. Phillips Jr. and his wife, Anne, of Frisco, Texas. Throughout his illustrious show career, Ruler I Am was owned by La Venda Bogue Swafford, Paul and Kristin Lindsey, the Kaplow Family and AQHA Professional Horseman Jerry Erickson.

Ruler I Am racked up many accolades through is show career. In 1985, the bay gelding earned the AQHA youth hunter under saddle reserve world championship. That same year, Ruler I Am earned a fourth-place finish in junior hunter under saddle at the AQHA World Championship Show, as well as the AQHA high-point hunter under saddle gelding award.

Another youth reserve world championship in hunter under saddle came in 1987, and in 1988, Ruler I Am clinched his first AQHA world title, this time in senior hunter under saddle. He went on to earn senior hunter under saddle world titles in 1989, 1990 and 1992, as well as hunter under saddle reserve world titles in in youth in 1990 and in amateur in 1995.

In total, Ruler I Am boasted four AQHA world titles, four reserve world titles, 785.5 points, $9,499.38 in AQHA World Show earnings and $4,474.95 in NSBA earnings.

Ruler I Am died September 23, 2003.

Skys Blue Boy

Bred by Robert and Kathy Fitzpatrick of Chicago, Skys Blue Boy was by Sky Blue Walker and out of Millie’s Dancer (TB) by Marshua’s Dancer (TB). The 1993 gray stallion was purchased by Ray and Linda Monaco of Prosperity, Pennsylvania, who owned, campaigned and stood the late sire until his death on October 30, 2012, when Skys Blue Boy was humanely euthanized after he foundered

During his show career, Skys Blue Boy racked up two All American Quarter Horse Congress wins in hunter under saddle, the 1997 AQHA year-end high-point hunter under saddle stallion title, plus reserve year-end high-point awards that same year in junior hunter under saddle and hunter under saddle. Also in 1997, Skys Blue Boy finished his AQHA Superior in hunter under saddle. With $9,978 in NSBA, $1,333 in AQHA World Championship Show and $2,178 in AQHA Incentive Fund earnings, Skys Blue Boy’s limited show career was only scratching the surface of his true potential.

The first Skys Blue Boy foal crop hit the ground in 1998, and he has since sired 15 additional foal crops for a total of 653 registered foals at the time of his death. 

Those foals have earned 346 AQHA registers of merit. Skys Blue Boy’s 277 point earners collectively have earned 23,799 points, which has helped garner their sire monthly top-10 rankings on AQHA leading performance sires lists; in 2007, Skys Blue Boy became an AQHA leading performance open division sire.  

Skys Blue Boy has sired 14 AQHA world champions that have earned 26 world championships. Additionally, he boasts 17 reserve world champions with 26 reserve world championships, plus 12 year-end high-point champions, with 22 year-end high-point titles. His foals have earned $311,961 in NSBA and $149,342 in AQHA World Show competition, and $374,838 in Incentive Fund earnings. 

Paleface Doll

A 1972 sorrel mare by Mr Joe Glo and out of the Grey Hound mare Greyhound Doll, Paleface Doll was bred by Burdette L. Johnson of Shell Rock, Iowa. Over the years, Paleface Doll was owned by Larry Greenberg, John R. Mulholland and Hedy Levin.

Paleface Doll took the western pleasure world by storm in 1975 when she earned the AQHA high-point junior western pleasure and western pleasure mare awards, as well as the western pleasure reserve high-point title. In 1975, she also finished her Superior in western pleasure, and in 1981, became an AQHA Champion, with points also earned in trail, western riding and halter.

As a producer, Paleface Doll took the world by storm. She produced Hes Just To Sharp, who earned the 1994 AQHA senior western pleasure world championship, 1995 amateur western pleasure reserve world title and 1997 AQHA high-point award for amateur western pleasure.

In total, Paleface Doll’s 11 registered foals earned 16 ROMs, 1,662 points combined, $8,044 in AQHA World Show earnings and $32,147 in NSBA earnings.  

In November 1986, Paleface Doll was purchased by Hedy Levin of Sturgis, Michigan, who owned Paleface Doll under the sorrel mare’s death on August 1, 1991.

Stephen Stephens

An AQHA Professional Horseman and judge, Stephen Stephens calls Weatherford, Texas, home. The horseman is an NSBA past president and now trains out of Dry River Ranch with fellow AQHA Professional Horseman Terry Cross.

Stay tuned for more on Stephen and the rest of the 2014 NSBA Hall of Fame inductees in the May issue of NSBA’s publication, The Way to Go

View the 2013 AQHA high-point winners in the free April American Quarter Horse Journal.