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Bill "Wink" Chappell Memorial Award
2010 Winner

Amanda Strand
King's Whisper


King and Amanda Jumping a Triple Oxer


King and Amanda with trainer Candee Coffee at the Bishop, CA Horse Show in 2010!


Amanda is a sophomore at Burroughs High School this year.  In addition to all her horse activities, she started running Cross Country for Burroughs and is on the honor roll.

Amanda riding King`s Whisper, her Arabian gelding, accumulated the points to win the Chappell award in this past year as a team, adding jumping to their list of accomplishments.  This pair also competed in four horse shows.  Amanda says "King is getting better with each season, improving in rating and collection.  This year we started jumping and won high point in the Hunter/Jumper Classes at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair Horse Show in Bishop."

King and Amanda continued doing endurance riding, completing four rides, including their longest distance so far which was the 65-mile ride at the Twenty-Mule Team Endurance Ride in February of 2010.  Additional competition included gymkhana, winning AA reserve high-point at the 2010 River Run Show in Kernville in April. In the local Thundering Hooves gymkhana club, this pair received the AAA high point in Amanda’s age division for the season.  Amanda and King`s trainer, Candee Coffee of C and C Training Stables continues to challenge this pair to try new things and improve.  Amanda and King have also continued with Ridgerunners 4-H in the Horse Project as Treasurer for the second year.


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Bill "Wink" Chappell Memorial Award

W. A. "Wink" Chappell
Memorial Award



Keeper Trophy

The W. A. "Wink"  Chappell high-point award was established by ARAB in 1984  to honor the working horse. This award  was the "brain child" of ARAB charter member Neil LaFortune who made the motion to establish it as a way to recognize and honor the contributions made to all equine enthusiasts by Bill "Wink" Chappell.   See the above information on Wink for history of this award. Bill Wink Chappell, an honorary member of ARAB,  established the first professional horse-training stables in the Indian Wells Valley in 1965.  This training stable was conducted as a partnership with Lorry Wagner and based at the Sierra Dawn Arabians ranch.  A few months later, Floyd and Velma Pickrell established their Rancho Bajada Riding Stables where Wink gave evening riding lessons to an average of 200 students each week until he retired.  From 1965 until his retirement in 1975, Wink trained many of the Valley's finest horses and riders, using the "Early California" (Vaquero) methods of training and riding.  Wink continued to ride until the age of 82.    As Lorry started  the youngsters of both the training stables and Sierra Dawn Arabians, Wink would ride the Sierra Dawn youngsters and put the finishing polish on "his half" of them.

Bill "Wink" Chappell, one of the last of the great Early California Trainers--Vaquero Style
(May 18,1909 - May 17, 1994)
for more information on Wink, click on the picture below

  For further information and/or application to participate in this event, contact:

Lorry Wagner


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Bill "Wink" Chappell Memorial Awards
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