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Callaway's Blue Norther Passes Away

Sad news came from Callaway Hills Stable that the former world’s champion five-gaited performer and prolific breeding stallion, Callaway’s Blue Norther had to be euthanized the afternoon of Tuesday, March 17. He had turned 28 just 10 days earlier.

Blue Norther won the 1984 Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding World’s Championship and ASHA Three-Year-Old National Sweepstakes with the legendary Tom Moore riding for Betty Weldon’s Callaway Hills Stable. Blue Norther went on to many junior and open titles in addition to carrying the torch alongside stablemate CH Caramac when their great sire, Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion CH Will Shriver retired from the breeding shed.

The number one sire of five-gaited world’s champions for the past seven years, Blue Norther topped Saddle Horse Report’s Overall Sire Of World’s Champion in 2004 and was number two overall in 2007 and 2008.

He is the sire of Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion CH Callaway’s Forecaster, Ladies Five-Gaited World’s Champion CH Callaway’s Born To Win, Amateur Five-Gaited Mare World’s Champion Callaway’s Winning Ways, Amateur Gentlemen’s Five-Gaited World’s Champion Callaway’s Weatherman, twice Five-Gaited Mare and Reserve World’s Grand Champion Adelita and three-time Ladies Amateur Three-Gaited World’s Champion Of Champions CH Callaway’s Sugarplum, Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Mare World's Champions Callaway's Glimpse Into The Future and Callaway's Don't Sass Me, among others.

An in-depth tribute to this great sire will appear in an upcoming issue of Saddle Horse Report.

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