AQHA Crowns Twelve World Champions on Fifth Day of Competition
On November 6, twelve AQHA members were named world champions at the 2012 Bank of America Amateur and FedEx Open American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City in the following classes:
AMATEUR TEAM PENNING – Jordan Lesh of Perry, Oklahoma, showed the American Quarter Horse Quixotes Dual Rey owned by Joel Lesh of Stillwater, Oklahoma. The 2004 sorrel gelding, sired by Dual Rey and out of Quixotes Pretty Lady, was bred by Wagon Trail Horse Farm LLC of Carbondale, Colorado.
Sarah Lesh of Whitesboro, Texas, showed the American Quarter Horse Highbrows Catamandoo owned by Jared Lesh of Whitesboro, Texas. The 2007 bay stallion, sired by High Brow Cat and out of Amanda Merada, was bred by Strawn Valley Ranch of Strawn, Texas.
Megan Walsh of Morrison, Oklahoma, showed her American Quarter Horse
Hybrows Tina Sparkle. The 2001 bay mare, sired by Smart Lil Highbrow and out of Docs Burgandy Krest, was bred by Cam and Lori Schryber of Ojai, California.
In the amateur team penning class, 126 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $56,183.40.
TEAM PENNING – Sarah Lesh showed the American Quarter Horse Smart Little Oh Cay owned by Jared Lesh. The 2003 sorrel gelding, sired by Oh Cay Quixote and out of Pretty Little Linda, was bred by Mary Hannagan of Penfield, Illinois.
Jordan Lesh showed the American Quarter Horse Fletch A Jewel owned by Joel Lesh. The 2000 bay gelding, sired by Lenas Jewel Bars and out of Budhas Bay Fletch, was bred by Bob and Martha Peacock of Waco, Texas.
Joel Lesh showed his American Quarter Horse Max Docogold. The 2002 palomino gelding, sired by Vibrant Docogold and out of Stylish Smart Chic, was bred by Bethel Steward of Mansfield, Texas.
In the team penning class, 123 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $67,310.52.
AMATEUR RANCH SORTING – Niki Saggione of Jackson, Texas, showed her American Quarter Horse, Sprats Cat. The 2000 sorrel gelding, sired by High Brow Cat and out of Jae Bar Brassy, was bred by Ted Bellah of Newalla, Oklahoma.
Sarah Lesh showed the American Quarter Horse Highbrows Catamandoo.
In the amateur ranch sorting class, 150 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $66,885.
RANCH SORTING – Louis Saggione III of Jacksonville, Texas, showed the American Quarter Horse Somebodys Riata owned by Robert Jamison, Jr. of Evans City, Pennsylvania. The 2003 bay mare, sired by Somebody Smart and out of Oaks Riata Babe, was bred by Bar F Cutting HRS/R & B Figoni of Red Bluff, California.
Justin Underwood of New Summerfield, Texas, showed the American Quarter Horse, Swinglo owned by Brett Hensley of Henderson, Texas. The 2004 sorrel mare, sired by Justa Swinging Peppy and out of Hickory Hattie, was bred by Sam Schulze of Brenham, Texas.
In the ranch sorting class, 162 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $88,652.88.
AMATEUR HORSEMANSHIP – Whitney Walquist-Vicars of Cleburne, Texas, showed her homebred American Quarter Horse Southwestern Gunman. The 2006 bay gelding is sired by Dress Western and out of Ms Southern Border. In the amateur horsemanship class, 57 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $16,866.30.
AMATEUR WESTERN RIDING – Darcy Reeve of Garden City, Kansas, showed the American Quarter Horse Ima Petite Classic owned by Lee Reeve of Garden City, Kansas. The 1999 black gelding, sired by Petite Lord and out of Sheza Classy Kitty, was bred by Kramer/Davis of Bradenton, Florida. In the amateur western riding class, 42 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $12,427.80.
World champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy, Montana Silversmiths buckle, specially designed logoed jacket, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear, a WeatherBeeta embroidered blanket, neck wreath, a medallion and 100 pounds of Nutrena feed.
The AQHA World Show is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. More than 3,590 entries from the United States, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom and the Netherlands are competing for 97 world championships at this year’s event, November 2-17 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
For more news from the AQHA World Show, visit www.aqha.com/worldshow.
Bank of America and FedEx are proud title sponsors of the 2012 Bank of America Amateur and FedEx Open World Championship Show. Other show and event sponsors include Adequan, B&W Trailer Hitches, Farnam, FedEx, Ford, John Deere, Justin Boots, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Nutrena, Pfizer, Professional’s Choice, SmartPak, WeatherBeeta, Wrangler, The American Quarter Horse Journal, Cripple Creek, Kiser Arena Specialists, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, RFD-TV, State Fair Park and Fore Wheeler Golf Cars.