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Long-time MQHA member and past Board member Don Wagoner, 69, Litchfield, MN, passed away Monday, March 19th, 2012. Don passed away at his home with his family by his side, following a courageous battle against lung cancer. Don showed Quarter Horses at many MQHA shows, and owned two stallions, Zippo Can Do and One Hot Chocolate, with Nancy Klaus. He loved the Futurities and made his last showring ride back in September.

Willy Can Dance
(March 8, 2001- July 3rd, 2007)

The Death of a Legend

When Rick Klaus of Hastings, Minnesota purchased a bay yearling named “Willie Can Dance” from Victoria Ennis of Texoma Appaloosas, he couldn’t have known the blessings this horse would bring to him.  Who could have predicted that this horse would become a legend to the Appaloosa breed. Rick has been a longtime Appaloosa supporter.  He and Nancy his wife of 16 years, and their two children Lexie (13) and Riley (2) own a large horse facilityon a 50 acre ranch in Hastings, Minnesota.  Willie Can Dance held a special place in Rick’s heart, he was a once in a lifetime horse. It was an honor and a privilege to train him Klaus stated. Rick broke out Willie as a two year old.  He and longtime client and friend Marsha Melde had determined one of Willies notable features was that he was  “freaky flat” in the front end when he moved. One of Rick’s talented youth kids, Annalise Larson at age 15, had always shown quarter horses but when Rick asked her mother Julie to come out and see how special this two year old was, she was immediately captivated by this amazing Appaloosa.  Rick stressed between the talent of the rider and the horse it would be an incredible combination.  Never were there truer words said.  This pair would take the nation by storm!

Annalise proudly showed and won open, non-pro and youth events against all breeds all over the country.  Willie held multiple titles at the Reichert Celebration, Just for Pleasure, The Appaloosa Nationals, The MAQHA Corporate Challenge, NSBA, ApPha and  Appaloosa Horse Club World Championship Titles.  Annalise won three consecutive horse trailers in the ApPha 5 and Under Hunter Under Saddle Youth/Non-Pro Competition.   Not only was Willie shown by Rick and Annalise, Willie was proudly shown by some of the most talented people in the industry like TrishYamber, Vicky Holt, and Brian Isbell.  Mark Shaffer states Willie Can Dance was a remarkable individual and an ambassador to the Appaloosa Breed. Annalise owned, loved and showed Willie for five years.  She had her high school graduation pictures taken with him, she had began her National Level showing career with him and he had become one of her best friends.  Annalise recalls how Willie would stick his tongue out of his month to have her hold it and play with it, he had a really great personality.  He wasn’t just a show horse, he was truly a pet, at 17 hands high, he was one huge pet! 
 
It was with great sadness that Willie Can Dance was put down shortly after colic surgery at the 2007 Youth World. He died as the reining 2x Open World Champion Junior Hunter Under Saddle Horse.  It was to be the last youth world show for Annalise. Indeed a great loss to the Larson and Klaus families, as well as the Appaloosa Breed.   The Klaus and Larson families would like to thank the judges, trainers and spectators who recognized the abilities of this great animal and for all of the cards, gifts, and condolences for their loss.  The support was greatly appreciated. Annalise Larson recently turned 19 years old and is proudly going to begin competing in the open division and riding as a professional.  She will have a combined training effort with Rick Klaus and their training program will continue to work out of the Hastings, MN ranch.  She is excited to begin accepting training horses and knows that Willie Can Dance will always be riding with her in her heart.

 

(May 11, 1983 - July 28, 2008)

Forever Loved and Missed by The Klaus and Wagoner Families

(May 1, 1988 - February 6, 2011)

Forever Loved and Missed by The Klaus and Inderieden Families

 

1998 Gruello Pony

Outstanding Babysitter and All Out Cuteness