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Luck strikes twice for Appaloosa lover


Attica woman wins yet another horse in museum raffle


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Jeanne Lueppen is reeling with joy at having won the Appaloosa Museum horse raffle twice—once in 2005 for Meins, left and again in 2008 with Paha, right. photo by Maria Brown.

December 17, 2008
ATTICA TWP. — For a person who thought she'd only ever admire horses from a distance, destiny had another plan in mind for Jeanne Lueppen.

Decades after she rode a horse for the last time, Lueppen was the lucky winner of a horse raffle in 2005. This year, luck struck again and she is the proud owner of a second Appaloosa.

"I still can't find the right words...blessed, euphoric," Lueppen said.

"I'm still speechless from him," she said pointing to Meins, the five year-old horse she received in the first drawing.

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He's now joined by Paha, a 19 month-old male.

Both came from the Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center in Idaho.

Lueppen said on the day of the drawing, nervousness drove her from her own home.

"I went to a friend's farm and told her 'I don't want to be around the phone today,'" she said.

She'd purchased raffle tickets several weeks in advance and then two days before the drawing, she bought several more.

Later that day there was a message on her answering machine from the museum with the amazing news.

The museum official mentioned that Lueppen's name sounded familiar. That was because she's just been featured in a magazine spread with other recent raffle winners, Lueppen reminded her.

They were just as surprised at Lueppen's luck as she was.

"It's so nice to look out the door and see them in the pasture," she said.

Meins maintains his role as head horse, Lueppen said, while Paha has established himself as a curious thief.

"He picks up everything...I have to search for their feed dish everyday," she said.

Paha was part of the museum's live exhibit over the summer. He'll head to Lueppen's trainer in late February.

Appaloosa horses are known for their uniquely spotted coats. According to the Appaloosa Museum, they are believed to have originated from the Palouse region between Washington and Idaho.

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