CHR: (California Horse Review) "We recently received
a letter from Joe Torano, giving some background on how he
became involved with you and Chex horses. I gather that Paula
Chex was Joe's first real step into the horse show business.
Is that correct?"Les Vogt: "Yes, that's correct."
CHR: "Were you the first one to train Paula Chex?"
Les Vogt: "Yes, we started Paula Chex right here
at uor ranch in Clovis."
CHR: "I understand that she was actually sold
by John Coffman at White Rail Ranch."
Les Vogt: "Yes, her dam was one of the original
broodmares that Fritz Watkins had when we bought King Fritz.
There were four mares we bought from Fritz Watkins and three
mares that we didn't. As it worked out, the three mares that
we did not take had not at that time been bred to King Fritz.
One of the three, it turned out, was the dam of Moon Chex,
so we were sorry that we didn't buy her, and another, Paula
Gay, was the dam of Paula Chex. Of course, we were sorry we
didn't buy that mare too."
CHR: "Did you start her originally with the idea
of her being a snaffle bit horse for the Futurity?"
Les Vogt: "Yes, we started her with the hopes
that she would be good enough to go there. She was definitely
a prospect from the very first. I think the mare showed a
lot of cow earlier than almost any of the other Chex horses
that we've started.
"CHR: "Of the various Chex horses that
you've trained, how would you say Paula Chex rates against
horses like Chex of Chex or Easter Chex or some of the other
great Chex horses you've had?"
Les Vogt: "I think the mare has all of the capabilities
of any of the other ones. On a given day, I think that Paula
Chex is capable of performing to beat any horse."
CHR: "Paula Chex is primarily a performance horse,
isn't she? Was she ever shown at halter?"
Les Vogt: "No, She's a nice mare. She's straight
legged, and she's pretty, but she's really not tall enough
to be a halter horse at this point. However, she's still growing.
CHR: So the 1974 Snaffle Bit Futurity was was her first
Les Vogt: "Right."
CHR: "As I recall, she won the first go-round
in the 1974 Snaffle Bit Futurity."
Les Vogt: "Well, she tied for first in the first
go-round, and then tied for second in the second go-round."
CHR: "Didn't she go into the finals with the high
score of all the horses?"
Les Vogt: "Right, she had accumulated more points
than any horse going into the finals. She was first, and Maxi
Chex was second".
CHR: "In the '75 Indeo show when Paula Chex won the Hackamore
Championship, were you competing against a number of the horses
that you also competed against in the Futurity?"
Les Vogt: "Definitely. Maxi Chex was there, Big
M Nu King the Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion was there, along
with a number of other horses that were in the Futurity."