Goodbye to a Great Mare

Show Diva dies from colic surgery complications.

By Christine Hamilton
The American Quarter Horse Journal
November 12, 2011

Show Diva at the 2011 All American Quarter Horse Congress

Show Diva at the 2011 All American Quarter Horse Congress. (Journal photo)

AQHA mare Show Diva, owned by the Moran family, died unexpectedly November 10. She was in Oklahoma City competing at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.

According to her longtime trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Jason Martin, of Highpoint Performance Horses in Pilot Point, Texas, “Diva” was colicky during the day and taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment. Sent to surgery, she died from complications afterward.

A 2001 daughter of Good Version and out of Chocolate Zipper by Zips Chocolate Chip, Show Diva was owned by Joe and Karen Moran of Laguna Hills, California. The mare was to be shown in senior western pleasure with AQHA Professional Horseman Adam Wainscott.

The talented mare’s first World Show accomplishments were winning the reserve world championship in junior western pleasure and junior western riding in 2006. Since then, she has won the 2007 reserve senior western pleasure world championship in addition to several top-10 placings in western riding, trail and western pleasure. Her AQHA World Show earnings are $25,670.

She has earned numerous year-end high-point awards and top-10s, performance Championships, Superiors and Registers of Merit, including 2007 open all-around high-point mare and 2009 high-point western riding mare. Her National Snaffle Bit Association earnings are $37,184.

For the Moran family and Highpoint Performance Horses barn, the loss is deeply felt.

“She was a great horse, great-minded,” Jason says. “She was the only horse I placed with in the top two in in western pleasure.”

“She was so special because her demeanor was so nice,” adds AQHA Professional Horseman Charlie Cole, also of Highpoint Performance Horses. “She wasn’t a diva. She was a pleaser, a really good horse to have around.

“I always looked forward to showing her. If she didn’t go to a show I missed her.”