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Royal Woman honored as Older Horse Champion Running Paint Mare


February 24, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Garry Allison

Feb. 24, RMTC, Lethbridge - Royal Woman, who dominated Paint racing as a three-year-old and last year won two of four races at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club at Whoop-Up Downs in Lethbridge, was recently named the 2005 Older Horse Champion Running Paint Mare by the American Paint Racing Association.

"That makes her a three-time world champion, with the overall Paint running horse and top Paint filly awards previously to her credit as well," says Max Gibb, spokesman for the owners of the top-class mare.

Virtually invincible in 2004, Royal Woman met her match a couple of times in 2005, but still finished in the top three on both losing sprints. Gibb purchased the champion sprinter as a colt at the annual Quarter Horse auction in Lethbridge four years ago. JoAnn Winther, of the Alberta Paint Horse Association, originally purchased the young colt in Oklahoma and brought her up to Alberta.

“She put the horse in the sale and Rose (Rossi, general manager of Bullys) fell in love with it at first sight," Gibb says with a laugh. “Rose kept telling me `bid, bid, bid,' and I did."

Royal Woman is trained by Ross Brigden and has been ridden by Janine Stianson on most of her trips.

“We'll run her as long as she is sound and running well, then we'll breed her," Gibb says of his prized mare.