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Canadian Paint Championship won by Independent Woman
Mare has won three of four Canadian stakes races in 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Canadian Paint Championship race was won on October 15, 2011, by Independent Woman in Alberta, Canada. The final Canadian stakes race for horses aged three and up is contested over a 400-yard distance. Independent Woman crossed the finish line first, with a time of 20.22 seconds. The field of horses for this race were some of the best Paint racehorses in Canada, including Flaming Lake, Cristole, Dressed In Brown and Pemberton.

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The Canadian Paint Championship race was won on October 15, 2011, by Independent Woman in Alberta, Canada.
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Independent Woman

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Royal Quick Flash

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Out of the four Canadian stakes races offered, Independent Woman has won three. She is a 4-year-old sorrel overo mare by Royal Quick Flash and out of Straight Aze. Bred by David Hughes and Bruce Bessonet of Jones, Okla., the mare is owned by Ralph Danard of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. Laurie Ferguson trained Independent Woman and Teagan Oulton rode her in the race. She earned $5,012 for the win, to make her lifetime earnings $22,735.

Finishing second was Runaway With Me Eh, a 2008 brown solid Paint-bred mare by Dos Poruno and out of Snoqualmie Pass AQHA. Bred by Douglas and Robin Natchtigal of Davenport, Wash., owned by Bob McCutcheon of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She was trained by William Leech and ridden by Nate Smith. Runaway With Me Eh earned $2,458 to make her lifetime earnings $8,522.

Third across the wire was Flaming Lake, a 5-year-old bay solid Paint-bred gelding sired by Granite Lake AQHA and out of Flaming Gamble, by Raise The Gamble AQHA. He is owned by Lorne and Joann Winther of Huxley, Alberta, Canada. The gelding was bred by A. D. Burris of Keota, Okla. Les Webb trained the gelding for the race, and Dwight Lewis rode him. The horse earned $1,135, making his lifetime earnings $27,689.

Other horses completing the race, along with times, include Cristole (20.41 seconds), Dressed In Brown (20.52 seconds), Pemberton (20.73 seconds) and Keep Cashin Me In (21.21 seconds). PS Never Endn Spendin was scratched.

More about Paint Horse racing
Horse racing has long been one of America’s favorite spectator sports. With the recent growth of the Paint Horse breed, it’s no wonder that Paints have become one of the hottest tickets in the horse racing industry.

Since 1966, when APHA officially recognized the sport, Paint racing has made major strides forward. In that inaugural year, 17 starters ran for $1,290 in just two states—Texas and Oklahoma. In 2010, more than 500 starters competed in 429 APHA-recognized races for record purses totaling more than $4.1 million.

A total of 17 states now feature Paint racing, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Paint Horses also race in Canada.

For more information on Paint Horse racing, contact APHA’s racing department at (817) 222-6444, email, or visit