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 AzQHA Awards Scholarships at the Arizona Fall Championship

The Arizona Quarter Horse Association awarded over $18,000 in scholarship funds during the AZ Fall Championship Show this September. It was the third year that the organization held their innovative ASCENT  scholarship competitions on the last day of the prestigious show.  The programs are designed to encourage youth membership and reward excellence. In order to qualify for these scholarship awards, youth must be AzQHYA members and show at two of the three AzQHA No Bling Shows. Scholarship funds earned by exhibitors are kept in a restricted account by AzQHA until the student graduates from high school. Then, the funds are paid directly to the college, trade school or university that student attends. The Interscholastic Scholarship Show offered 5 classes in Horsemanship and 3 in Reining. Riders compete on horses they have never ridden before and they are not given any time prior to the class to get to know their [...]

By | September 30th, 2019|Events, Shows|Comments Off on  AzQHA Awards Scholarships at the Arizona Fall Championship

AzQHA 2018 Award Celebration

Arizona Quarter Horse Association Celebrates Its Members’ Accomplishments At A Fun and Festive Awards Dinner. Arizona Quarter Horse Association exceeded expectations with their 2018 Year End Awards Celebration for AzQHA, Arizona Stock Horse Association and Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association members on February 2, 2019. The festivities were held at Los Cedros USA, a unique horse facility and event venue in Scottsdale. Reminiscent of a Moroccan citadel, Los Cedros is a mix of ancient design and modern flair that provided an exotic and casually elegant setting for the evening. About 260 people attended this special celebration event. Enormous hand-hewn timber doors ushered guest into the lush courtyard where dinner, drinks, fun and friends were enjoyed. Members were greeted with goodie bags from Farnam and photo ops resembling a red carpet premier. Dinner was provided by area gourmet food trucks, and everyone enjoyed sampling goodies from one, or all of [...]

By | June 3rd, 2019|Events|Comments Off on AzQHA 2018 Award Celebration

Sun Circuit Keeps On Growing

Arizona Sun Circuit slotted into a perfect weather window March 2-10 in Scottsdale. Exhibitors and horses from all across the US and Canada flocked to Arizona for a hefty dose of sunshine and to scoop up copious amount of points, awards and cash. Growth of this show continues to explode. A total of 27,150 class entires encompassed everything from jumping to roping and included a range from Level 1 exhibitors to World Champions. That figure includes 21,750    AQHA class entries and 4,028 NSBA entries, along with NRHA, NRCHA, Versatility Ranch Horse, Color Breed and All-Breed classes. Both stall counts and entries were up about 15% over last year. Most days saw continuous action in 7 arenas. Class sizes were very large across all disciplines and some creative reorganization was required to keep things on schedule. Arizona Quarter Horse Association CEO and Sun Circuit director Doug Huls credits the [...]

By | June 3rd, 2019|Events|Comments Off on Sun Circuit Keeps On Growing

National Championship Tournament Rankings

The Arizona Quarter Horse Association is excited to announce the mid-year rankings for Showmanship, Horsemanship and Equitation exhibitors in the lead up to the National Championship Tournament being held at Sun Circuit 2019. Each division lists the individuals who were scored by the committee, as well as those currently leading the pack at this mid point of the show year. However, there are still plenty of shows to go before the final list is compiled and eligible exhibitors to the Tournament are announced. This brand new and exciting Championship Tournament format is creating a good deal of buzz around the show world. The hoopla of the Final Four competitions in each class will certainly be rewarding for exhibitors and entertaining for spectators. Additionally, the overall impact on showing in general could be enormous. The more an exhibitor shows throughout the entire year, the more exposure they have and the greater their opportunity [...]

By | August 21st, 2018|Shows|Comments Off on National Championship Tournament Rankings

Closing Day of Youth World

Here it is the last day Saturday at the 2016 Youth World and my last blog as Youth Advisor. Today we had the reining finals and it was a really good one.  They had 27 going into the finals since we had so many ties for the final cut off they took 22 in the finals instead of the normal 15, they added the 5 from the shoot out and that gives you 27 for finals.  It was a great finals too, everyone was on their "A" game. Kaylee Naylor on her horse had a few bobbles in her run but finished the pattern out strong and placed as a finalist in the reining. Chandler Winard was up and you almost had to be perfect if you wanted to get into the top ten and after the all the runs were finished Chandler came out with a top ten [...]

By | August 14th, 2016|Youth World|Comments Off on Closing Day of Youth World

Great Competition and Fun Events Highlight Friday

Today was the prelims for the roping.  Shandiin was in the breakaway and got a quick calf and didn't catch so she received a no score.  Then it was on to Heading where Kate Buchanan rode two horses in this event.  The first horse out she started out well in her run but she got a the steers front leg in the loop and that's a illegal head catch in heading so she got a no score.  With her other horse she came out strong and had a good run, her score was enough to get her in finals at that point but the bubble made some changes towards the end and she missed out for the finals.  Kate and her family are headed back to Arizona today so safe travels! Shandiin had two horses in the heeling today and on her first horse she got a score but [...]

By | August 13th, 2016|Youth World|Comments Off on Great Competition and Fun Events Highlight Friday

Reining and More in Thursday’s Line Up

Well I hate to say rein or rain with Arizona washing away but it was a full day and then some with our reining class today. The players: Kate Buchanan on two horses, Jessica Liebold, Kaylee Naylor on two horses, Robbi Kay Pederson and Chandler Winard. Out of 117 runs today most of the reiner girls were in the top 23 in the draw. First out of our team in draw 12 was Chandler and she posted a really good score of 214.5 which would hold as a top score for many runs.  Kaylee on her first horse draw # 15 had a few bobbles and had a good score but not enough to keep her in the top numbers for the finals or shoot out, this would be the same for Kate with her horse in draw # 18. Then we had a few horses before the next [...]

By | August 13th, 2016|Youth World|Comments Off on Reining and More in Thursday’s Line Up

Wednesday Wrap-up

Today started out with the finals in trail and Shea Graham and her horse had a good go until the very last maneuver which she stepped out of so it hurt her in the over all score.  Just to make it to the finals is wonderful and know they were hoping for a higher placing's but Shea ended up as a finalist in trail today.  On the bright side I think this has really been the best world show Shea has had in a long time. You looked great out there Shea! Hunter under saddle and hunt seat equitation prelims were today, this like the horsemanship classes of the other day seem to go on all day.  They split the class up into different splits they go, then they take 10 out of the split then they come back and go with the other splits until they get the [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Youth World|Comments Off on Wednesday Wrap-up

A Busy Tuesday

Just got in from the show it was a late one, not because of the classes today but we had our fashion show and pin exchange plus a dance.  Morgan Farrell was our model for the jeans that she decorated and Paul Parker was the boots model which he decorated.  They were both great on the cat walk and really wowed the crowd with their moves!   Great job to both of them.  Morgan's birthday was today and I was honored to be asked to have lunch with them- thanks Morgan and Happy Birthday! Our only finals class today was the Ranch Riding and Kate Buchanan who had a great prelims with one of the highest scores, she was one of the last youth to go in the finals.  There were a lot of good runs in the finals and just to make it to the finals out of over [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Youth World|Comments Off on A Busy Tuesday

More Youth World Excitement

Today started off differently for me, as coach of our Judging Team!  The team of Shandiin Farrell, Paul Parker, and Morgan Farrell all meet at the stalls to go over last minute instructions this morning at 7:00am.  The fourth member of the team who we added just a few days ago, called in sick and could not make it so only having a three person team really put the team at a disadvantage right off.  We decided to press on and go with the team and the three really had a great time. We started at 8:00 am with the horse judging and then went until 4:00 for the team members to give their reason why they placed the horses they did.  It took a long time to get all of that done so I missed a lot of the classes that went on today in the other arena.  [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Youth World|Comments Off on More Youth World Excitement