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July 2021

At press time the Built Ford Tough AQHYA Show should be underway at the OKC Fairgrounds.  The Arkansas Quarter Horse Association is represented by 24 competitors on over 40 horses.  They will be competing in several events from western to English to speed and cattle classes.

The Arkansas team includes: Aden Cochran, Landyn Perrine, Kylie Jo Castor, Hannah DeVoe, Jason DeVoe, Abigail Lewis, Morgan Taylor, Peyton Pearson, Savannah Thompson, Quinn Hodges, Alex Loftin, James Johnson, Sarah Parks, Dylan Dobbs, Ellie Wilburn, Sidney Dunham, Riley Walburn, Spencer Hardin, Allie Jane Briggs, Harley Jo Jones, Anna Layne Harris, Catelyn Walker, Lanie Cornelius, and Maggie Smith.

The Youth World Show starts on July 28 and runs through August 8.  Go to the AQHA website for the live feed and current results. We will try to keep you updated on the AQHA FB page. We will post full results in a future issue.

Some of these youth competitors just returned from the Youth Excellence Seminar (YES) conference in Amarillo.  This 3-day, fun-packed event offers valuable leadership experiences, inspiring speakers and info on AQHYA governance.  Attendees representing Arkansas included Sidney Dunham, Lanie Cornelius, Harley Jo Jones, Eva Jones, and Riley Walburn. 

AQHYA elections also take place during the YES conference.  It is our pleasure to report that Spencer Hardin was elected 1st Vice-President and former ArQHA member Steve Wheat was elected President for 2021-22.  Many congratulations, guys!! We are excited for this opportunity!

The Go South for the Winner circuit is scheduled for December 3-5, 2021 at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana.  The ArQHA Board is working on the rest of the schedule for the 2021-22 season.  These will be posted to our website and FB page soon.

Be sure to join ArQHA for the 2021-22 shows. Go to our website at www.arkansasquarterhorse.com for the latest information and showbills. Also like our Facebook page at @ArkansasQuarterHorse.

April 2021

At press time the Arkansas Quarter Horse Association is just a couple of weeks away from our first show of 2021 – the Circle G Classic to be held at Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, AR.  Results will be included in a later issue.

The Memorial Day circuit and Stanford Happening has been moved to the Memphis Agri Center, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, in Memphis, TN.  It will be held May 28-31, 2021 with 4 judges: John Briggs, Ron Stratton, Dean Bogart, and Tracy Willis.  Trail will start on Friday at 10 am.  We will also offer the Ranch Rail Jackpot Class (non-AQHA) with Non-pro and Open classes. All breeds welcome! This class will be shown on Friday and Sunday.  Entry fee: $30, $20 jackpotted. Payout according to number of entries.

New this year!  We have added AQHA Ranch Trail for Youth, Amateur and Open divisions.  It will also be held on Friday and Sunday.
An “MVP” Buckle will be awarded for all those who come to the horse show, but never show. They feed us, the get up at all hours with us, they watch our kids, groom our horses, etc, etc, etc. You will nominate your MVP and votes will be $1. The person with the most funds will win their very own buckle to sport!  After all, they are the real heroes of the horse show!
Ranch Riding High Point - With the addition of Ranch Rail and Ranch Trail classes to this show, we are excited to announce the Pallone Veterinary Hospital Ranch Riding High Point!  The person/horse team obtaining the most points will win a custom 5 Star Pad. (Must show in all 3 events - ranch riding, ranch rail, and ranch trail. Open, Amateur and Youth are eligible.) 

Stanford Happening events will include:

·         L1 Rider 11 & Over Walk Trot (SADDLE has been secured for the winner; buckle to reserve; must be L1 in WP; Can show a non-owned horse)

·         $500 Added NP L1 Rider Western Pleasure (Buckle to winner and reserve; must be a non-pro rider and must be L1 eligible; owned by family)

·         $500 Added Open Ranch Riding (Buckles to the winner and reserve and highest placing Non-Pro)

·         $500 Open Ranch Rail (Buckle to the winner)

·         Buckles also in SF WT, Am, Sel, Youth WP on Sat and L1 Yth and L1 Am Ranch Riding on Sun

·         All breeds are welcome in any Stanford Class!!

·         The ever-popular Stanford Happening t-shirts will be available.  Please contact Julie Crossland if you would like to be a 2021 sponsor and have your name on this year’s shirt!  501-499-5544.

Returning for the sixth year will be the Blind Horsemanship Challenge where riders get 60 seconds to look at the pattern before turning around and executing it.  Last year, there was only one exhibitor that did the pattern correctly and took home ALL THE MONEY – over $1500!!

Both of these shows will count towards year end awards for ArQHA.  There are plenty of shows left to make a run for the high point and all-around awards in each division.  These are awarded in small fry, L1 youth, L1 amateur, amateur, select, youth, and open divisions.  One horse with one exhibitor in all divisions except open.  Open division is awarded to the horse and owner, can have multiple exhibitors.

Be sure to join ArQHA for the 2021 shows. Go to our website at www.arkansasquarterhorse.com for the latest information and showbills. Also like our Facebook page at @ArkansasQuarterHorse.

March 2021

Arkansas Quarter Horse Association has announced plans for new dates and locations for our spring shows.  We are hosting 2 shows in May this year.

The Circle G Classic circuit will be held on April 30 - May 2, 2021 at the Four States Equine Center in Texarkana, Arkansas with six judges: Tanya Green, Michelle Tidwell, Clark Scoggins, Rebecca Halvorson, Melissa Dukes, and Kelley Smith.  Six sets of AQHA points will be awarded. Trail will start on Friday at 10 am.  New this year - Ranch Rail Jackpot Class (non-AQHA) with Non-pro and Open classes. All breeds welcome! Shown on Friday and Saturday. Entry fee: $45, $30 jackpotted. Payout according to number of entries.

The Memorial Day circuit and Stanford Happening has been moved to the Memphis Agri Center, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, in Memphis, TN.  It will be held May 28-31, 2021 with 4 judges: John Briggs, Ron Stratton, Dean Bogart, and Tracy Willis.  Trail will start on Friday at 10 am.  We will also offer the Ranch Rail Jackpot Class (non-AQHA) with Non-pro and Open classes. All breeds welcome! This class will be shown on Friday and Sunday.  Entry fee: $45, $30 jackpotted. Payout according to number of entries.

Stanford Happening classes will include:

·         L1 Rider 11 & Over Walk Trot (Buckle to the winner and reserve; must be L1 in WP; Can show a non-owned horse)

·         $500 Added NP L1 Rider Western Pleasure (Buckle to winner and reserve; must be a non-pro rider and must be L1 eligible; owned by family)

·         $500 Added Open Ranch Riding (Buckles to the winner and reserve and highest placing Non-Pro)

·         Open Ranch Rail (Buckle to the winner)

·         Buckles also in SF WT, Am, Sel, Youth WP on Sat and L1 Yth and L1 Am Ranch Riding on Sun

·         All breeds are welcome in any Stanford Class!!

Returning for the seventh year will be the Blind Horsemanship Challenge where riders get 60 seconds to look at the pattern before turning around and executing it.  Last year, there was only one exhibitor that did the pattern correctly and took home ALL THE MONEY – over $1000!!

Both of these shows will count towards year end awards for ArQHA.  There are plenty of shows left to make a run for the high point and all-around awards in each division.  These are awarded in small fry, L1 youth, L1 amateur, amateur, select, youth, and open divisions.  One horse with one exhibitor in all divisions except open.  Open division is awarded to the horse and owner, can have multiple exhibitors.

Be sure to join ArQHA for the 2021 shows. Go to our website at www.arkansasquarterhorse.com for the latest information and showbills. Also like our Facebook page at @ArkansasQuarterHorse.

January 2021

The Arkansas Quarter Horse Association’s board of directors decided to forego the annual banquet and awards dinner due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Electronic gift cards were secured from Schneider’s and emailed to winners. Final points for the 2019-20 year are available on our website.  All-Around and High Point Winners include:

·         Open All-Around Champion - Lopin So Lazy, owned by Nancy Chapman

·         Amateur All-Around - Lazy Looker, shown by Brian Brady

·         Select Am All-Around - A Breeze of Pleasure, shown by Stacy Muzljakovich

·         Youth All-Around - Huntin for Rhythm, shown by Sidney Kay Dunham

·         L1 Am High Point - Take a Kruz With Me, shown by Brandy Robbins

·         L1 Youth High Point - The Dream Loper, shown by Arielle Appleby

Points from classes (in which points earned are at least 10 and in top 9) are added together to determine the category in which horse/owner in open events and horse/rider in amateur and youth events will be placed. Year-end awards are given based on cumulative totals across events for exhibitors divided in 3 tiers.

Tier 1 winners included: Brian Brady, Nancy Chapman, Steve Niblett, Kaye Nell Ochetto, Abby Lewis, Stacy Muzljakovich, Arielle Appleby, Terri Culbert, Ty Cornelius, Brandy Robbins, Ellie Wilburn, Lynn Cornelius, and Angela Newton.  These winners received $100 gift certificate to Schneider’s.

Tier 2 winners included: Sidney Dunham, Amanda Ready, Lanie Cornelius, Emily Russell, Samantha Faulkner, Patricia Stieglitz, Tangie Denzer, Kathy Valentine, Lynn Walker, Larra Johnson, Jeff and Jenny Honey, Claudia Peeler, Jessica Parris, Kim Landa, Rick Peeler, and Butch Rice.  These winners received $75 gift certificate to Schneider’s.

Tier 3 winners included: Caitlyn Ferguson, Camille Moriau, Kelly McCabe, Debbie Arnold, Reba Byrd, Trista Huckstep, Shelby Ridgway, DeLaina Harris, Jenny Honey, Julie Crossland, Kay Hardin, Maggie Smith, Spencer Hardin, Candy Workman, Cindy Furgerson, Debbie Zinser, Debra Sempter

Susan Havens, Anna Harris, Jennifer Davis, Jerry Fuller, Nicole Lewis, Johnson Performance Horses, Bryce Sossamon, Teresea Welch, Brianna Boggs, Bar 6 QH, Deidre Motto, Jared Davis, Morgan Taylor, Riley Walburn, Harley Jo Jones, and Greta Grace Trout. These winners received $50 gift certificate to Schneider’s.

The Arkansas Quarter Horse Association is planning to host 2 additional circuits for the 2020-2021 year. Mark your calendars for April 30-May 2, 2021 for the Circle G Classic to be held at the Four States Equine Center in Texarkana.  This show will feature 6 judges (Tanya Green, Michelle Tidwell, Clark Scoggin, Rebecca Halvorson, Melissa Dukes, and Kelly Smith) and a split-combined format.  Trail will kick off on Friday at 10 am.

The Memorial Day/Stanford Happening circuit will be held at the Agricenter International in Cordova (Memphis), TN on May 28-31, 2021.  This circuit will have 4 judges: John Briggs, Ron Stratton, Dean Bogart, and Tracy Willis.  Added money will be awarded in the special Stanford Happening events.

Visit our website for the latest show information at www.arkansasquarterhorse.com

 

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