Acadamosby Award is the only three-time AQHA Superhorse, with wins coming in 1998, 2000 and 2001. (Credit: Journal)
As the name suggests, it does take a “super” horse
to nail down the title of AQHA Superhorse. First,
said Superhorse must qualify for the AQHA World
Championship Show, and that’s no easy feat there.
But to be truly competitive in the Farnam
Superhorse race, this exceptional athlete must
qualify for the AQHA World Show in a number of
open division classes, and once under the bright
lights of the Jim Norick Arena, the Superhorse
hopeful must secure as many top 10 placings as
Bruce Walquist. Jason Gilliam, Jeff Mellott and Bruce Vickery ready for the Trail finals.
It was a record setting day in Oklahoma City,
Tuesday. AQHA hosted its inaugural Level 1
(formerly Green) Western Pleasure Class in the
Performance Arena where eighteen horses vied for
the added money. Charlie Cole was on hand to hand
out the prizes on behalf of class sponsor
Highpoint Performance Horses. Rusty Green took
home the trophy aboard Sharnai Thompson's Rock
You can view the Level 1 Western Pleasure Stakes results and watch a video for Rusty's insight on the win, including how he sees the Level 1 Western Pleasure Stakes making a significant impact on the western pleasure industry. (Journal Photo)
Fresh off the amateur western pleasure world
championship, Rock County Kid took to the AQHA
arena once more, putting in an
impressive showing in the inaugural
Western Pleasure Stakes. AQHA Professional
Horseman Rusty Green
of Pilot Point, Texas, rode
the bay gelding to the win for owner Sharnai
Thompson, also of Pilot Point.
The American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world.
The American Quarter Horse Association World
Championship 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
APHA and the entire horse industry is saddened to
hear the University of Tennessee–Martin has
decided to discontinue its varsity Women’s
Equestrian program following its 2015–2016
season.This follows on the heels of Kansas State
University’s announcement in October that their
program is being dissolved.
It’s never too late to try something new, and for
All Rise, the 2014 APHA World Championship Show
was the perfect place to put his newfound skills
to the test. A veteran world champion in
hunter under saddle—he won his third consecutive
title in Junior Hunter Under Saddle and his second
championship in Classic Amateur Junior Hunter
Under Saddle at this year’s show.
Wade Parks and Shannon Gillespie took a final
victory lap around the John Justin Arena, after
taking the world and reserve champion titles in
the Three Year Old Western Pleasure Challenge on
Saturday afternoon at the Will Rogers Equestrian
Complex in Fort Worth, Texas. The two were
celebrating not only their victories, but the end
of the APHA World Championship Show’s performance
classes. “I may not ride a pleasure horse for
eight months,” declared Parks. “From now on it
will be Trail and Western
During the last week, the Farnam All-Around Amateur contenders competed in a variety of events throughout the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show. This year, 60 contenders competed for the title. (Journal Photo)
During the last week, the Farnam All-Around
Amateur contenders competed in a variety of events
throughout the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show.
This year, 60 contenders competed for the title.
The 2014 Farnam All-Around Amateur is Morgan
Parisek of Murray, Kentucky, Parisek showed her
American Quarter Horse, Better Buy The Minit.