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Published 11/25/2014 - 10:20 p.m. CDT

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AQHA Professional Horseman Bruce Vickery and Signature Absolute’s 238.5 crushed Bruce’s previous record of a 235 set with Zipschocolateimpulse in the 2013 finals. Photo © KC Montgomery

Reiners and trail competitors set the bar just a little bit higher November 7-22 in Oklahoma City at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show. Every year, the competition gets a little stiffer at the AQHA World Championship Show. And in five classes at the 2014 AQHA World Show, records for high scores were shattered.



 
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Published 11/22/2014 - 11:23 p.m. CDT

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Twisters Enola Rey was crowned the 2014 Farnam Superhorse. (Journal Photo)
During the past week, the top exhibitors and horses from around the world have competed at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The 2014 Farnam Superhorse Award is the top honor at the AQHA World Show. It is awarded to the horse that earns the most points in three or more events in two categories during the show.


Published 11/22/2014 - 9:40 a.m. CDT

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"I heard at this AQHA World Show someone say 'It's just another horse show with bigger prizes.' I believe if you don't psych yourself out, you ride more effectively," Miller Henard states. (Journal Photo)
Does winning the preliminaries at the AQHA World Show give you a better or worse chance of becoming a World Champion in that class? In the attempt to scientifically measure the odds of how winning the prelims effects results in the finals, we decided to take a random sampling of 10 amateur and open classes from the 2014 AQHA World Show. You will be amazed at what we found.


Rating: 17
 
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Published 11/21/2014 - 9:55 p.m. CDT

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Aint Gota Lot continued his roll at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show when he took to the ring for the inaugural Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle Stakes, November 21 in the Performance Arena. (Journal Photo)
Aint Gota Lot continued his roll at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show when he took to the ring for the inaugural Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle Stakes, November 21 in the Performance Arena. Just the night before, the bay gelding, shown by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Beth Case of Pilot Point, Texas, had claimed the reserve world championship in junior hunter under saddle.


Published 11/20/2014 - 9:58 p.m. CDT

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Watch the video for Lauren's take on the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge, plus AQHA Professional Horsemen Jim and Deanna Searles discuss the benefits of collegiate equestrian programs. (Credit: Journal)
First there were 16 - eight riders representing the National Collegiate Equestrian Association and eight representing the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association - then the ranks of 16 were cut down to eight for the November 19 semi-finals of the AQHA Collegiate Horsemanship Challenge at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show.



 
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Published 11/19/2014 - 1:46 p.m. CDT

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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 possible.


Published 11/19/2014 - 9:27 a.m. CDT

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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 World Show arena once more, putting in an impressive showing in the inaugural Level 1 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.


 
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Published 11/15/2014 - 12:42 p.m. CDT

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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.



Published 11/11/2014 - 8:00 a.m. CDT

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At 74 years-old, the Kansas native is excited to get back in the saddle. "It will be fun to ride one more time before I get too old," Denny says and laughs. Photo © KC Montgomery
Did you know that AQHA World and Congress Champion halter trainer Denny Hassett used to ride and show performance horses? What many may not know or remember is that Hassett, one of the industry's very best halter trainers with more than 40 AQHA World and Reserve World Championship titles to his name, used to also show in many riding events. Hassett was quite the hand in western pleasure, reining, trail, western riding and the roping events. 


Rating: 18