Stallions

The Awestriker IMP

The following information is courtesy of Coronation Park, who previously owned The Awestriker.

The Awestriker's headOver the last few years I watched as imports arrived from America….I also have watched with “glee” the Just Shameless progeny take the country by storm, winning the major futurities both at halter and the western events…hunter under saddle national championships, western pleasure national championships, running barrels, pick up and roping.
What a wonderful experience it has been to be apart of all this, the best of all is the fact that the owners love them, and keep coming back to acquire more Shameless progeny.

Reserve World ChampionIn November 2002 I set off once again to the USA to “find” the perfect cross for the Shameless mares. I wanted a loud coloured, performed and outstanding horse, to fit the bill of producing the same quality and elegance that JS is noted for along with the ability to ride and Halter.I looked over dozens of horses from one side of the country to the other.
I was very lucky to have a good friend in Buck Jones who personally flew me from Oklahoma to North Carolina in his lear jet and deliver me to Jeri Ballard safe and sound to inspect the Awestriker. Jeri Ballard was fantastic as after I inspected the Awestriker she insisted I stay with her and Goose on the ranch Double C acres in North Carolina.
What wonderful friends I have in the USA! We were kept very busy on the road inspecting Awestrikers Progeny. 6 out of 7 foals were coloured and what cracking types!!!!! Four of these babies have shown, all have taken “Major” futurity wins…….in big fields. We visited with Terry Sartain in his new complex in North Carolina - he has since moved to Alabama (a good friend of Jeri and Goose Ballards- they set him up in the new place)in NC). Jeri had informed me that Terry was showing an outstanding colt by Awestriker.He had just won the North & South Carolina Open Futuritys. His name was“Trade Secret"

A Mighty StrikerI was not to be disappointed.
It was like WOW… hold me up here! This horse was outsiring himself. All the foals by this horse were picture perfect, all coloured, with muscle to burn….good heads and that same great neck and shoulder that Shameless is famous for.
Must admit I was pretty excited…….
The stallions I had inspected prior to The Awestriker and since just could not compare!!!!!
His Foals were UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
pic right : A Mighty Striker..USA. by The Awestriker This gelding is a great show horse. Being

  •  High Point PHAA Honour Roll yearling Gelding of America
  •   WORLD CHAMPION  AS A YEARLING
  • PINTO  YEARLING FUTURITY CHAMPION returning the following year to win
  • WORLD CHAMPION GELDING

 




Mighty Awesome( Above Mighty Awesome and Left: with proud owners Keith & Cherrie Tittle)
In the next few days my good friend Lana Gabriel and I visited with Keith and Cherrie Tittle, owners of the “Great” Mighty Awesome. Sire of The Awestiker and USA LEADING PAINT HORSE SIRE. I spoke at length with Keith and Cherrie, inspected foals by Mighty Awesome, some of which actually were on Quote to Aussie clients. Most importantly I inspected The Awestrikers mother… a big strong beautiful OLD GIRL……heavy in foal to M.A. She subsequently produced a tobiano filly.Keith told me that Awestriker was a great foal, in fact as good a foal as he’d had by M.A. A big statement from Kieth when you consider the world champions he had turned out.  He said he loved the dam and would not be surprised if Awestriker turned out to be a TOP SIRE….. my reply came AFTER I looked at Keith's great colt by M.A. Keith informed me that he thought he could “WIN” The Congress …next month with his colt…….My reply was “…Well Keith , Good luck…as I believe I have seen the WINNER!” We spoke of the colt by Awestriker named "Trade Secret" …………I informed Keith that Terry Sartain had done a mighty job on preparation of this great colt and I would expect that he would be a healthy contender for Congress Champion - My Humble opinion only!
The rest is history………"TRADE SECRET" WON THE CONGRESS FUTURITY
which Terry Sartain had set him for …
I spent the next week travelling around the countryside inspecting horses, nothing came up to this horse!I called home several times and reported in.The BIG problem, was the money was more than we wanted to pay! I knew and firmly believed that this horse would cross well with the JS progeny.

'TRADE SECRET' (late foal)

2002 CONGRESS CHAMPION
Multiple OPEN FUTURITY CHAMPION

(Photos taken at first futurity)

Trade SecretI loved watching The Awestriker ridden. He was green broke and so sweet. The best jog and lope and so natural. I came home from America, disappointed. I DID NOT BUY HIM… and HE HAUNTED ME!!!
Upon my arrival home Peter and I spoke at length about the horses I had inspected. The two time world champion Barlink Zip Code was on the market also…. I had seen him at Pattie Woods Ranch in Texas with my good friend Michelle Gorman, Actually on the same trip that I purchased JOY CAROL! several years beforehand . There were things about him I did not “love” He did HOWEVER get down to the final 3 that I was considering.
At home and several weeks later I had a phone call from a very prominent horseman in California, a great friend of mine. He told me he was talking to people who had said I was interested in The Awestriker. He also said that he had just “seen” Trade Secret! he added "If you are "really interested" in this horse then you had better get your butt of the seat and get a deposit on the stud.
Word was out that TRADE SECRET was the ONE TO BEAT!!!

 

SHEZ STRIKIN HOT By The Awestriker.  late foal futurity champion Photos taken at first futurity.Unbeaten at subsequent futuritiesShes Strikin Hot
I made a call to the owners partnership, we talked back and forth for a couple of hours…I then decided “WHAT THE HECK”  I'm buying this horse for
OUR SHAMELESS FILLIES.………..
THEY CERTAINLY ARE WORTH IT!
We bought him there and then. Before the Futurity.
So pleased that The Awestriker colt
-TRADE SECRET-
won
………………THE CONGRESS………………
Coronation Park Stud has now built yet another stallion box to house another OUTSTANDING SIRE
The Awestriker in his first USA foal crop had produced

  • MULTIPLE OPEN FUTURITY CHAMPIONS
  • A CONGRESS CHAMPION  ~TRADE SECRET 
  • A TOP FILLY- MULTIPLE FUTURITY CHAMPION "SHEZ STRIKIN HOT"
  •   WORLD CHAMPION - A MIGHTY STRIKER
  •  APHA honour roll champion A MIGHTY STRIKER.

………………pretty exciting stuff…………….


The AwestrikerYou may wonder how such a great horse became available……Yes its very difficult to find THE SIRES OF THE WORLD!! Jeri and Goose Ballard owned The Awestriker. They ran their own very successful business showing, training and breeding horses. They LOVED The Awestriker……….he was Jeri’s baby. They were approached by one of the leading breeders and show establishments to take over the running of their ranch. This was the highly successful DOUBLE C ACRES in North Carolina…..to good an opportunity to refuse ….. they took the job and continued to produced World Champion quarter and paint horses.This position did not permit them to stand their own stallion or show thier own horses…. there are two great studs already on the property TRIBUTE TO SIERRA and his son TRIBULATION ,so Jeri and Goose had to make the decision to sell their beloved Awestriker.Jeri told me it’s the hardest decision she has ever had to make. She loved the horse, his nature, and now …. ...his foals!!!!
The AwestrikerRest assured Jeri “The Awestriker’  loves Australia, There is yet another “LEADING” Paint horse sire at Coronation Park Stud.
The Awestriker has arrived!
2005 Saw the first of the Australian Awestriker progeny show. Victorian State Paint horse assn were the first to see the progeny of this great horse in the showring. A MIGHTY STRIKER (phaa) showed them how it was done by taking the VPHA state futurity, and State champion weanling colt. Bred by Coronation Park Stud and sold to a very excited Belinda and Kevin Kay I.I.U. Belinda and Kevin sold this colt before weaning as they had purchased Oh Im Awesome. Belinda was searching for a colt to keep as a stallion to stand in Victoria. I clearly remember telling her that this colt would take the weanling futurity at the PHAA, if ever I saw an early foal futurity champion this colt was it. His dam had left 4 national and state champions for me by Just Shameless. Belinda was excited and spoke with Kevin, they purchased OH IM AWESOME sight unseen.( this is a common proceedure at CP as often we have people wanting winners and leaving it up to me to tell them my favorite foal for the season.
OH IM AWESOME - BRED BY CORONATION PARK - SOLD TO BELINDA AND KEVIN KAY - WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WEANLING FUTURITY (I TOLD HIS NEW OWNERS THAT HE WOULD BE THE GOODS WHEN HE WAS MINUTES OLD!

HE PROVED ME RIGHT winning                          

  • PHAA NATIONAL CHAMPION COLT
  • PHAA NATIONAL WEANLING FUTURITY
  • PHAA HONOUR ROLL HIGH POINT WEANLING COLT

                                                                                                                                                            
 
(pic above at Queensland State Championships in July 05)  IM AN AWESOME LADY - (and she sure is) CORONATION PARK  owned and bred 2004 FILLY . This is a really exciting filly. We had a bunch of fun showing this filly in 2005. Some of her awards are

  • QLD STATE WEANLING FILLY/30
  • QLD STATE WEANLING FUTURITY CHAMPION/28
  • PHAA NATIONAL WEANLING FUTURITY RES CHAMPION.
  • POR MULTIPLE CHAMPION
  • PHAA HONOUR ROLL HIGH POINT WEANLING FILLY                        

2004 AWESTIKER FILLY -
 OK IM AWESOME - ( See below)   Bred by Coronation Park Owned by Jim and Helen Mclean of QLD. 

  • OPEN FUTURITY CHAMPION
  • RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION AM FILLY ( YEARLING/ WEANLING) beaten only by the ever beautiful Causin Confusion, a full year older than her!!!!
  • NSWPHA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 3rd/17 Am ALL AGE! The only weanling in the top 10 and she finished in front of imported mares and national champions!  

OK IM AWESOMEThis is a wonderful junior filly, she gave so much away in age at the PHAA Nationals as she was a late foal. Never the less she was placed in all her classes for Jim. I adore her. Watch for her in 2006 as Im sure she will be a filly to contend with.
2004 AWESTRIKER FILLY -
 AWESTRUCK - No photo? Also had a great year. She is royally bred out of Its Shamefully Obvious - her grandam is the ever wonderful GRECIAN GODDESS - Multiple national AQHA champion.

  • AWESTRUCK  NSW STATE CHAMPION WEANLING FILLY  
  • QLD STATE RES CHAMPION WEANLING.

WHAT A SENSATIONAL START TO THE AWESTRIKERS FRESHMAN YEAR AS A SIRE.
HE IS PROVING OUR BELIEF THAT HE WOULD BE A LEADING SIRE, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING;
 THE TIME WILL COME WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO CROSS THE AWESTRIKER FILLIES BACK UNDER JUST SHAMELESS, THEN BOTH THESE SIRES FILLIES TO TRIBULATION.
WE HAVE A VISION AT CP, TO BREED GREAT HORSES THAT CAN DO IT ALL.
WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A GREAT RECIPE
 FABULOUS BLOODLINES, ATHLETIC HORSES, TYPE, CONFORMATION AND NATURE
 WONT YOU COME JOIN OUR FUN.?
Because of this Paint horses in Australia will continue to develop to their full potential…

AWESTRIKER FOALS OF 2005

Awefected

"Awefected"  

Loud Overo Filly
The Awestriker* X Red Hot Affects

Awestentatious

"Awestentatious"

Loud Overo Filly  
The Awestriker* X Dusty Trail

I'm Awethorised

"I'm  Awethorised" 
Loud Overo Colt
The Awestriker* X Ok to B Shameless

 

A note on The Awestriker's achievments from Jeri Ballard.

The Awestriker with Goose & Jeri Ballard

The Awestriker was OPEN High Point in the North Carolina Club (CPHC) for 3 years running, as a Yearling, 2 Yr. Old and 3 Yr. Old.Twice he won a very special award given at the CPHC Breeders FUTURITY SHOW The "Robin Williams Memorial Award" as a 2 and 3 Yr. Old. This award is given to the Circuit Champ Amateur Stallion each year in honor of a very special and well respected and loved young woman who was killed in a car accident. She loved to show her stallion in halter.....it was her favorite class, so the award is in her memory.

Awestriker earned SUPERIOR HALTER AWARDS in both OPEN and Amateur competition FROM VERY LIMITED SHOWING........earning 63 Amateur points and 54 Open points. He never campaigned hard as outside horses were in training to show and Awestriker ONLY GOT TO GO IF THERE WAS A VACANCY ON THE GOOSENECK. Sadly Awestiker being our own horse meant clients horses took preference .......he didn't even get to go to THE WORLD PAINT HORSE SHOW until his 3 year old year because of this!

Awestriker won AMATURE RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION as a 3yo and took ill with colic before his open class and sadly was too sick to show in his open class. We vowed to go back the next year but took the managers position at Double C acres... Awestriker stood Grand Champ 10 times and Reserve 11 times.........he very rarely, IF EVER?? was left out of Grand and Reserve. He was Circuit Champ 2 Yr. Old Stallion at the "RAILSPLITTER INTERNATIONAL" Show in Illinois and stood Grand CHAMPION. This is s a very prestigious show.

His Circuit Awards were won at the North and South Carolina Breeders Futurity shows
These are quite large classes with "TOP" competition coming from all over America.



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