Sam and Deneice Fodge’s Stallion Takes Second in 2008 World Championship

by: R.J. Cohn

Deneice and Sam Fodge with their Reserve World Champion Paint, ‘Mr. Colt Fortyfive,’ at the 2008 World Championship Paint Horse Show in Ft. Worth, Texas. The horse is being shown by Tim Finkenbinder.

Sam and Deneice Fodge have more than just a little horse sense.

They also have the number two Paint Horse in the world.

Judged as the American Paint Horse Association’s Reserve World Champion at the 2008 World Championship Paint Horse Show in Ft. Worth, Texas in July, the Fodge’s two-year stallion was almost crowned World Champion from a field of participants throughout the country.

Their 1,350-pound Paint, Mr. Colt Fortyfive, was tied for first place before a judge chose the other horse to break the tiebreaker. Last year as a one-year-old, the stallion – whose sire was a champion Quarter Horse – took third in a competition decided by six judges whose judging is evaluated on body lines confirmation.

Still, the Fodges who own Fodge Pulp, Inc. on Cow Creek Road couldn’t be more delighted.

“We feel like proud parents,” said Deneice. “Sam was so thrilled that after the show, he bought three new mares to match with Mr. Colt Fortyfive, who has great bloodlines.”

The three new horses bring the total Paints and Quarter Horses the Fodges now have to 20, which include a stud and a mare that reside in Texas.

When it comes to showing and raising horses, the Fodges are hardly newcomers.

“We’re a horse-breeding ranch, and we usually have about five foals a year,” said Deneice, who has been around horses all of her life. “I think this is probably our tenth year, and we’ve probably had at least 50 foals born at the ranch. This is Sam’s passion, how he wants to retire.”

They have no problem selling the foals through word-of-mouth as well as from their website.

Having their stallion tabbed as APHA Reserve World Champion couldn’t come at a more perfect time for the Fodges. Last summer, their beloved nine-year-old Paint, Kootenai Wildfire, died at Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital following nerve damage in its neck.

“We were both devastated,” Deneice recalled. “We raised her from a baby, and some of her foals have done well in shows throughout the Northwest. She was part of the family, and we called her ‘Buddy.’ It wasn’t easy when she got sick towards the end. When we drove her to Pullman, she was in a prone position and couldn’t even get up off the ground.”

After she died, the loss was so great that they felt they needed to something. They saw an ad for Mr. Colt Fortyfive in the Paint Horse Journal, a trade magazine focusing on the second-largest equine breed in America, and purchased him.

The Fodges couldn’t be happier about Mr. Colt Fortyfive’s Reserve World Champion status. It means everything in the world of horse breeding.

“When the judges were announcing the winners at the Fort Worth show, we at first thought we had taken third place,” said Deneice. “But then when they called out the name of the other horse for third and said Mr. Colt Fortyfive was tied for first, it was a pretty exciting feeling. We did a lot of smiling down in Texas.”