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miniature tales Fanfares Check My Label By Kathy Howard F ew Miniature horses have an unimaginable show career spanning 27 years in three different breed registries. Fanfare’s Check My Label, has done just that. At the age of 28 years old, “Check- ers” returned from the 2017 AMHA World Show and brought home a World Champion, two World Reserve Champions, a Top Five and a Top Ten. Checkers’ show record includes three National Champi- ons, three National Reserve Champions, four World Champions and seven World Reserve Champions from the American Miniature Horse Association, a Hall of Fame in Hunter from the American Miniature Horse Registry and a Supreme Champion and Superior Performance from the Pinto Horse Association of America. Checkers with John Evans at the whip. Fanfare’s Check My Label was bred by Cheryl Woods in California. As a yearling, he was trained and presented by Sharon Housley. In 1990, Linda Foster of Eugene, Oregon purchased him. Jane Schultz and her daughter leased Checkers from Linda Foster, showed him at the AMHA National Show where he excelled earning two National Championships and a National Reserve Championship. Checkers was one of the first Miniatures John and Andrea Evans, Dayspring Farm, bought and began showing both at AMHA shows, and local PtHA shows in the Northwest. From 1998 to 2000 Checkers added an- other National Championship and two National Reserve Champion- ships to his show record for the Evans. Judy Howard fell in love with Checkers the first time she laid eyes on him when Jane Schultz was showing him at the NWMHC Capital City Show. In 2003, Judy and Howard Stables were lucky enough to acquire Checkers from John and Andrea Evans. Judy and Howard Stables continued his show career on the Northwest Pinto show circuit, showing him in Oregon, Washington and several years at the Western Canadian National Pinto Show in Cloverdale, BC. He became a multiple International Pinto Champion and Reserve Champion. With many PtHA ROMs and ROEs, he is PtHA Open Champion #2029, PtHA Open Legion of Merit #308 and the pinnacle of all awards PtHA offers, Pinto Open Supreme Champion #172 and Pinto Open Superior Performance Award #23. Sunny Balshaw and Checkers were 2017 Reserve World Champions in Youth Hunter 13-18 besting 46 other entries. 28 Miniature Horse World WINTER 2017