Merrivale Appaloosa Stud

Success Breeds Success

                              Deck Bar - # 81  -  DECEASED

Dam: SECOS'S PROMISE    Sire: TACO TACO    DOB: 19/09/77 - Stallion

Deck Bar was an extremely talented Stallion that proved himself as an exceptional halter and  performance horse and also a sire, he was imported into New Zealand from Australia by Gary Ramsay.

Deck Bar has sired many exceptional horses but the most notable are:

Miss Deck Bar - New Zealand Champion no.4                                                                          

Deck's Princess - New Zealand Champion no.10                                                                       

Glenview Lady - New  Zealand Champion no.32                                                                        

Decks Temptation - New Zealand Champion no.33                                                                    

Merrivale Idahos Flash - New Zealand Champion no.34

 

New Zealand Champion no. 5   :   ApHANZ 4th National Show Supreme Halter Exhibit

ApHANZ Breeders Awards 2002: Leading Sire of Point Earning Western Performance Horses

ApHANZ Breeders Awards 2003: Leading Sire of Point Earning Western Performance Horses

ApHANZ Breeders Awards 2004: Leading Sire of Point Earning Western Performance Horses and Leading Sire of Point Earning English Performance Horses                                                   

ApHANZ Breeders Awards 2005: Leading Sire of Point Earning Western Performance Horses and Leading Sire of Point Earning English Performance Horses                                                   

ApHANZ Breeders Awards 2007: Leading Sire of Point Earning Western Performance Horses and Leading Sire of Point Earning English Performance Horses                                                   

ApHANZ Breeders Awards 2008: Leading Sire of Point Earning Western Performance Horses and Leading Sire of Point Earning English Performance Horses

Register of Merit: Performance, Halter, Pleasure, Trail,  Bridle Path Hack, Reining           

Register of Superior: Performance, Halter, Pleasure, Trail                                                        

Register of Excellence: Performance

ApHANZ Year End Awards 1980: Hi Point Stallion 2 Years                                                       

ApHANZ Year End Awards 1981: Hi Point Stallion 3 Years & Over, Hi Point Junior Horse Western Riding, Hi Point Reining Horse, Hi Point Junior Horse Pleasure, Hi Point Junior Performance Horse                                                                                                                  

ApHANZ Year End Awards 1983: Hi Point Stallion 3 Years & Over                                    

ApHANZ National Show Awards 1981: Supreme Halter Exhibit, Hi Point Horse of the Show       

ApHANZ National Show Awards 2004: 1st Get of Sire

 

Article below was taken from an ApHANZ Magazine

Deck Bar was born in September 1977, on the property of Mr M.K. Rynne, Queensland, Australia. His Sire Taco Taco a son of the World Champion Race Horse; Ledge Deck who was by Top Deck, was then owned by Mr Rynne. His Dam Secos's Promise an American bred mare was a daughter of the notable Q.H. Sire Magnolia Bars by Three Bars. It was in May of that year that Gary Ramsay first saw Deck Bar as a foal, and was very impressed by him. It wasn't until April 1979 that Gary, who was back in Australia managed to purchase Deck Bar for his stud. Deck had been shown extensively in Australia as a yearling and had won many Champion Awards throughout the country. He arrived at Pineview Appaloosa Stud in August 1979, but was not broken in to saddle until after the breeding season had been completed in December of that year. As Gary was already campaigning two horses that year Deck was sent to notable trainer Bruce Coleman, who trained and showed Deck throughout his career. He was only shown briefly that year but with great success. At the beginning of the 1980/81 season he was taken back to Bruce to campaign, this he did with great success, winning many Champion and Supreme Exhibit Awards at Halter. His performance under saddle was none the less impressive, for by the end of the season he had gained his Register of Merit at Halter, Pleasure, Trail, Reining. The 1981 National Appaloosa Show was the highlight for he not only took Supreme Champion Halter Horse but High Point Horse of the 1981 Nationals. After which Deck was turned out for a well earned rest. In December 1981 he was taken to a Thoroughbred trainer to see if he had the speed that his breeding indicated. This he did for his times in training were very good but unfortunately shortly before his first race he pulled up slightly lame after a training run. It was then decidided to give him a complete spell and bring him back next season and try for his Champion, as he had only one event to qualify, which was to be Bridle Path Hack. In December 1982 he was again returned to the capable hands of Bruce Coleman, to be shown for the remainder of the season. Although it had been 18 months since being with Bruce, Deck Bar hadn't forgetten anything, and was soon back in the winners circle. By the time the 1983 National Show came there was only five points to get. With Bruce in the saddle, hopes were high, for there was sufficient horses in the class to get the five points. Deck worked beautifully and was lined up in first place. Which subsquently earnt him the APHANZ Inc Champion no. 5 Award. Now having his Champion along with numerous High Points and other awards, the only thing left was to prove that Deck could run. As there was a Sprint Race meeting in three weeks in Taupo it was decided to have a go, Bruce agreed and said he would ride him in the race. Kinlock Airstrip, 26th March 1983, and finally Deck Bar was at the races. In his first race Deck wasn't quite sure what he had to do and finished 3rd. His second race was a different kettle of fish, Deck led from start to finish and won by four to five lengths. An exciting finish to a very successful show career by this great Stallion. Gary Ramsay feels that special thanks must go to Bruce Coleman, his wife Heather and their family for the effort and dedication thay applied to Deck Bar during his Show Career.