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Independent Woman wins Millarville Paint Stakes

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Millarville Paint Stakes was won recently by Independent Woman in Alberta, Canada. The annual Millarville race takes place during their July 1 Canada Day celebrations held by the Millarville Racing and Agriculture Society. The $7,266 stakes race for horses aged three and up is contested over a 350-yard distance.

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Independent Woman crossed the finish line first, with a time of 18.12 seconds. Photo courtesy: Coady Photography.
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Independent Woman crossed the finish line first, with a time of 18.12 seconds. The field of horses in this race were some of the best Paint racehorses in Canada. Independent Woman beat last year’s winner, Flaming Lake, by a neck. Independent Woman 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 $3,851 for the win, to make her lifetime earnings $10,998.

Finishing second 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. Pete Dubois trained the gelding for the race, and Dwight Lewis rode him. The horse earned $1,889, making his lifetime earnings $22,869.

Third across the wire was Pemberton, a 6-year-old chestnut solid Paint-bred gelding sired by Real Easy Cash and out of Miss Super Dee. The gelding was bred by John T. L. Jones, Jr. Interests of Lexington, Kent., and is owned by Shae Burlock of Donalda, Alberta, Canada. Pemberton was trained by Calvin Strandquist and ridden by Larris Allen. He earned $872, making his lifetime earnings $57,556.

Other horses completing the race, along with times, include Cristole (18.15 seconds), Daw Gone It (18.27 seconds), Runaway With Me Eh (18.19 seconds) and Eyeofthecherokee (18.59 seconds).

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