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The Five Star Secret Settle into His New Home
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Posted on September 11, 2007    Midwest Stallion Directory

Reserve World Champion was Given Away at Futurity
When the Five Star Futurity held its inaugural futurity and open horse show on September 1-2, 2007 at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Nebraska, many exhibitors walked away with giveaway prizes.  One exhibitor walked away with a prize that was a dream come true- a Reserve World Champion Halter Stallion named The Five Star Secret. 

The Five Star Secret was given away on Saturday evening of the Five Star Futurity.  The 2007 Red Dun Reserve World Champion weanling halter stallion was donated to the Five Star Futurity by Wild Basin Ranch.  The colt was given away in a drawing to eligible exhibitors.  As the time for the drawing approached the announcer encouraged exhibitors to come to the arena to witness the excitement. 

Debbie Kurtzbein and her husband Dale found themselves quietly relaxing by their stalls.  Dale was napping, and Debbie was feeling a little gloomy that she hadn't been a winner in any of the drawings that had yet been held.  For Debbie, that was "...par for the course."  Knowing that luck usually wasn't on her side for giveaways, Debbie was sure one of the other exhibitors would be awarded the red dun stallion.  Yet her curiosity to see the colt won out and she began to make her way to join the crowd of anxious exhibitors at the arena.  As Debbie walked to the arena, she heard her name being called.  When it dawned on her that the Reserve World Champion colt was now hers, she had to pinch herself.

The acquisition of The Five Star Secret was a dream come true for Debbie, who operates Kurtzbein Paint Horses, a breeding operation in Montevideo, Minnesota.  Their breeding program focused on Paint Horses and Debbie had been hoping to change the focus to Double Registered Paint and Quarter Horses.  With the addition of The Five Star Secret, Kurtzbein Paint Horses became Kurtzbein Paint & Quarter Horses.  It is the hope of Debbie that The Five Star Secret will become the paramount sire for their breeding operation.  Matched with the right mares, the colt will give Kurtzbein Paint and Quarter Horses the opportunity to breed for Double Registered (APHA/AQHA) and even triple registered (APHA/AQHA/IBHA) foals.

"Curlee", as The Five Star Secret is affectionately known, will spend the rest of this year relaxing and basking in the glory of being an International Buckskin Horse Association Reserve World Champion Stallion.  The colt made the eight hour trip from Grand Island, NE to Montevideo, MN in style and is settling in nicely at his new home.  Debbie notes that "Curlee" has a good personality.  He likes to be scratched and likes attention.  Show ring success for The Five Star Secret is just beginning.  Debbie plans for the colt to re-enter the show ring next spring on the AQHA show circuit.  They will shoot for the 2008 IBHA or ABRA World Show and hope that the AQHA World Show might be a possibility as well.


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Posted on September 5, 2007     Midwest Stallion Directory
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