Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club - Since 1953
Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club - Since 1953   

Our Association

Calizona was the first official ApHC Regional Club. The name was derived from the home of the original members who lived in Arizona and California. The spelling of the Club's name has always been Calizona, not Calzona as seen in the Appaloosa News (8/54) in an early letter from Mr. Rhome Cox, Secretary/Treasurer. There is some question as to the actual date when a group had their first organizational meeting. Furthermore, later "historical" stories about either Calizona or ApHC Regional Clubs say that Calizona was founded in 1951, or 1952, certainly by 1953 (still to be further researched). Please click on the link below for the full story. 

Meet Our Directors

Danie Bogner 



Danie has shown Appaloosa horses for over 20 years. Recently, she has served on the Board of Directors as Secretary for Spotted Valley Appaloosa Horse Club. She looks forward to serving as President for Calizona for 2022.




DeeAnna Buffa

Vice President


DeeAnna has been on the Calizona Board of Directors since 2019 and brings a wealth of knowledge having shown Appaloosas for many years. She is a mutiple World Champion and enjoys showing her Appaloosas in All Around Events. 

Leslie Foxvog



Leslie has been a long time Appaloosa and Calizona member. She enjoys showing her gelding Pretty Cool Boy and excited to start showing her 2 year old next year. Leslie is a Mutiple Reserve World Champion. Leslie is also on the National Board of Directors for the Appaloosa Horse Club.




Nadine McQueary



Nadine currently serves on both the Calizona and Spotted Valley Board of Directors. You can always find Nadine at the arena watching her two daughters showing their Appaloosas. 

Christy Wood

Board of Director 


Christy brings to the BOD her 40 years as a carded Horse Show Judge with multiple breeds, is currently serving on the Judges Advisory Committee with ApHC, is a multiple World Champion trainer and rider, and is on her 16th consecutive year as a rider on the ApHC sponsored Chief Joseph Trail Ride. She has also ridden in the Tournament of Roses Parade with Calizona four times. She resides on her ranch in Three Rivers, CA.


Janena Ciancio

Board of Director 


Janena is new to Appaloosas after growing up showing Arabians. She is very excited to start this new chapter of her horse journey and can't wait to learn and grow in the Appaloosa breed and support others in their journey as well.



Toni Dean

Board of Director 



Michelle Kessler

Alternate Board of Director 


A San Diego native, Michelle learned to ride on Appaloosas and such began her love of the charismatic breed.   In her free time she enjoys training and showing her mare in all around events. 

Sheila Shiffert

Alternate Board of Director 



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Where To Find Us:

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  • Second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm via Zoom.



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