On 9th December 2017 Snippers Heirogance peacefully passed away aged 29. Snipper was imported in from USA by Sarah and David from Pete Bowling in 1993. Snipper has been a great ambassador for the American Quarter Horse Association, he produced over 100 amazing offspring many of whom have competed successfully in the show ring, but he was a gentle and good-natured stallion and passed his temperament on to his progeny. Many UK members own quarter horses in the Snipper line and have produced further generations of quality quarter horses. One of Snipper’s best attributes was demonstrating the versatility, beauty, superb temperament and athleticism of the American Quarter Horse and introducing many newcomers to western.
Apart from being part of the SQH breeding programme, Snipper was also the family horse and both of David and Sarah’s daughters, Amy and Eleanor used to ride him at home and at demonstrations throughout the country
Snipper has sired 1 European champion and grandsire of 2 European champions. At the age of 24 Snipper became an AQHA Champion making him the oldest horse in the world to achieve this award and is one of only 2 stallions in the UK to obtain this title.
In 2018 Snipper was nominated to enter the AQHA UK hall of fame and the award was presented to David and Sarah at the 2019 breed show presentation evening. Snipper has been perhaps the most successful Quarter Horse stallion standing at stud in the UK.
He is sadly missed by all at SQH, and by QH enthusiasts across the UK.
Below is a copy of Snippers show record
During Snippers showing career he achieved the following:-
16 Open halter points
22 Open Performance point
20.5 Amateur Performance points
National Reining Horses Association earnings $681
Amateur Performance Register of Merit
Open Performance Register of Merit
Open Halter Register of Merit
1994 – Fieldguard Challenge High-point Reining horse of the year
1995 – Western Equestrian Society Championship Show – Open Reining Champion.
1998 – French Quarter Horse Festival, Le Touquet, France Grand Champion Stallion, winner of Amateur Reining.
2012 AQHA Open Champion
Snippers offspring have earned
Over 423 AQHA points over all divisions
Numerous AQHA International Hi Point Awards in Halter and Ranch Riding
World Show Qualifiers in both Halter and Performance Events
Halter Register of Merits
AQHA UK Supreme Halter Championships
Performance Register of Merits
All Around Awards and Reserve All Awards
Ridden in Open Ridden Horseback Riding Program
NRHA Money earners
European Halter Champions