Unprecedented Turn-Out For Arizona’s Fall Shows

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If you build it, they will come. Arizona Quarter Horse Association followed the call and doubled the size of its already popular AZ Fall Championship. In so doing, exhibitor dreams became reality. After months of missing a slew of prestigious events, the horse show community converged at WestWorld in Scottsdale for The Cinch AZ Fall Championship and Pinnacle Circuit from September 25 – October 4. With 20,245 AQHA entries, along with NSBA, NRCHA and non-affiliate entries, the total of 26,094 nearly tripled the numbers the Fall Championship posted last year.

AzQHA didn’t just add a second circuit, it expanded divisions. A large number of youth riders were present taking part in the Small Fry, 11 & Under, 12-14 and 15-18 divisions. To make up for the loss of Congress’ coveted futurities, AzQHA committed to filling the void. Sponsors enthusiastically jumped on board with generous added money of over $75,000 for NSBA classes. In addition to futurities, there were saddle awards, trophies, Circuit Awards, Best of Show awards, All Around Awards and the ever popular Prize patrol give aways with thousands of dollars worth of products.

“I’m really thrilled to see that everybody got the opportunity to come out and enjoy all we have to offer in Arizona,” said Doug Huls, CEO of AzQHA and producer of the shows. “We had a lot  people here this year who have never experienced Sun Circuit or the Fall Championship.”  Exhibitors were presented with a top notch experience full of fun, great competition and a huge variety of classes. Nearly 1000 horses were entered in classes that ranged from jumping to cow horse, reining to rail. Both the facility and the staff handled the increased numbers with ease. Huls reflected paradoxically, “Our nights went a little longer than we would have hoped for, but we are thrilled that we have so many horses we had to go late.” Even with some late nights, the general mood was that of elation. Smiles were everywhere across the the grounds. While it was certainly warm in sunny Arizona, most classes were held in climate controlled arenas or covered outdoor pens.

The Ranch divisions were exceedingly strong this year. Ranch Riders from the littlest cowpokes to World Champions navigated the patterns. Support of one another was on full display at the show with hoots and cheers for each good go. Huls added, “I think the enthusiasm for the Ranch classes keeps growing. We’ve had a lot of turn-out with AQHA approving the Ranch Trail and the Working Western Rail class.” AzQHA has featured non-AQHA Ranch on the Rail as well as Ranch Trail at its shows for a few years and both classes have always been popular. Huls continued, “We’re now seeing a lot of cross over with our ranch riders entering the ranch trail, and they are having a lot of fun doing it.” Huls continued, “We are really excited about the future of Ranch division classes here in Arizona.”

Many Ranch Riding exhibitors were lured by added money events. The Farnam $5,000 Added 3 & 4 Year Old Ranch Riding Futurity drew 19 athletic contenders. Still Chasin You, owned by Kelsey Fleasner and shown by Bud Lyon came out on top, winning $2,331. Reserve went to Von Night Train owned by Jason Spier and shown by Jacinda Roybal, winning $1,831.50. Lyon dominated the Ranch Riding by also winning the $5,000 Added Cinch 5 & 6 Year Old Open Ranch Riding Derby on Crowd Pleaser owned by Kerry Papendick and winning $2,252. Non Pros had their time in the spotlight with the $2,500 Added 5 & 6 Year Old Non Pro Ranch Riding Derby. All three judges agreed that Spot On My Jersey owned and shown by Karen Johnson had the best go, winning $1,207.

Highlighting the versatility and consistency of ranch horses, the High Point Ranch Horse Challenges combined points earned from both the AZ Fall Championship and the Pinnacle Circuit in Ranch Trail, Ranch Riding, Ranch on the Rail, and Halter. Champions in each division won $500 and a buckle.

The Open Ranch Champion was Metallic Cat, owned by Nancy Gillet and shown by Laurel Denton. Laurel was back in the saddle aboard MC Earn Some Bens, owned by Bobbi Patton, to win the L1 Open Ranch. The Amateur Ranch Champion was Spooky Melody, owned and shown by Sydney Freeman. In the Select Amateur Ranch, Tricia Sarchett and Mylanta Time showed rock steady over the week to claim the prize.

One of the highlights of the show was the $10,000 Added Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch NRCHA Futurity which drew many of the super stars of the cow horse world. CR Woody Dig It, ridden by Corey Cushing, racked up the most pluses winning $4,350 for owner Dave Belson. Second place went to DT Time To Stray ridden by Shadd Parkinson and owned by Hannes Winkler, winning $3,262.50.

There was also a $5,000 added NRCHA Non Pro Derby with a very competitive field. Sirly Shine owned and show by Melissa Garbrick emerged the winner, taking home $2,670.

Smokum Metalic Dream shown by Toni Heath came in second winning $2,150.

The $10,000 Added Blue Ribbon Custom Tack 2 Year Old Maiden Western Pleasure was a highlight of the NSBA Futurities.  Sponsored by Capital Quarter Horses/ Hay Goodlookn and Blue Ribbon Custom Tack, this event gave those horses that were prepped all year for a Congress debut a new venue to shine. Aaron Moses, who had already notched a spectacular week in Scottsdale, presented Redwine Or Moonshine owned by Bruce Vickery and Anthony Montes and won $5,123. “It’s always a great feeling when an un-shown 2 year old comes out and shows like that their first time,” said a beaming Aaron right after his win.

There were plenty of saddle awards at the show too. Bob’s Custom Saddles were awarded for High Point champions in 3 divisions of Horsemanship. The Level 3 Youth Horsemanship went to  Wearin Only Moonlite and Hanna Olaussen. Leathals Hot Weapon and Carey Nowacek tallied the most points across 10 judges to win the Level 3 Amateur Horsemanship award. In Level 3 Select Amateur Horsemanship, Linda Coakley was rocking it on Rockstar N The House to take home a new saddle.

L1, L2 and L3 Non Pros were rewarded for their efforts across a spectrum of classes. Points were tallied from showmanship, horsemanship, pleasure and halter and the champions received a  Superior Saddlery Saddle. The L1 award went to DW Krymsun Advantage, shown by Megan Neugebauer. In L2, Party Favours and Kara Sisco accumulated the most points. Kent Ray Taylor had a spectacular show with Don’t Think Twice in the L3 and took home a new saddle.

A Blue Ribbon Saddle was awarded to So Good To Be Me owned by Caroline Cavallo and shown by Blake Weis as the overall Level 3 Senior Trail Champion.

Best of Show Awards acknowledged the high point winners who showed to all 10 judges in the 2 circuits. Champions won Rod Patrick Ostrich boots and a Cinch Jeans and Shirts certificate.

The Reining and Cattle division counted points in Boxing, Cow Horse, Reining, Cutting and Halter. The Amateur Reining and Cattle Champion was Electric Java shown by Stephanie Bjorkman. The Open champion was Customized Dually with Katie Herberger aboard.

Best of Show Champions in Ranch and Cattle tallied points from Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Boxing, Cow Horse and Halter. The Youth 18 & Under champion was Kyrah Bowker riding Leenas Whimpys Rooster.  The L1 Ranch and Cattle Amateur champion was Sydney Freeman showing Spooky Melody. She also won the L1 champion buckle.

Several All Around Division awards were presented. The Open High Point All Around Division went to Kathy Huspeni & Chad Evans showing Sugaray. Gentry Pickett and Ponderosa Pine picked up the Amateur High Point in the All Around Division, while Amateur Select was won by Kent Ray Taylor and Don’t Think Twice. Kent also took Best of Show High Point L1/ Green Horse with Snap It Send and received the L1 champion buckle award.

More youth divisions also meant more youth awards. The Youth 18 & Under All Around Division was Won Vital Code RV with Ella Petak. Ella took home Rod Patrick Ostrich Boots and a Cinch Jean and Shirt Certificate. Best of Show All Around L1 Youth Emma Dejong and Just Call Me Lazy won the L1 buckle along with the boots and certificate. Trinity Eserjose took home a trophy for her Best of Show High Point award in Small Fry Walk Trot 9 & Under. Best of Show High Point 11 & Under was a tie between Miley Adkins showing Only in Hollywood and Maisy Ewing and HF Tahnee Too. Both riders won a trophy. Small Fry and 11 & Under circuit champions were awarded buckles, producing lots of delighted smiles.

Planning to double the size and length of the AZ Fall Championship took a leap of faith in these uncertain times. After all the preparation, discussions and additions of classes, it was still only a guess as to what kind of turnout the show would actually have. For AzQHA, the results were unprecedented with record smashing turnout. Returning exhibitors as well and those new to the Arizona experience were thrilled and delighted to partake in one of the largest shows of the year.

 

Cinch AZ Fall Championship and Pinnacle Circuit Prepares to Be Bigger Than Ever

Horse people want to show and are getting ready to haul from all over the country to be part of one of the largest Quarter Horse events of the year. With the cancelation of the American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio, record numbers of AQHA and NSBA exhibitors have changed their travel plans and are heading to Arizona’s already popular fall show this September. The Cinch AZ Fall Championship and Pinnacle Circuit promise to be a 10-day horse show spectacular running from September 25 through October 4th at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Show management had already expanded the Fall Championship to include a second circuit in response to the pent-up demand of exhibitors who sat home for months in COVID lockdowns. Once The Congress and its coveted futurities were cancelled, AzQHA CEO Doug Huls worked creatively to adjust the schedule to add a full slate of NSBA Futurities with generous added money. Sponsors enthusiastically jumped in, ensuring the shows will be a highlight of the year.

The format has exhibitors showing 2 times to 3 judges during the Fall Championship and showing once to 4 judges for the Pinnacle Circuit. Cow horses will show 2 times to 2 judges during the Pinnacle Circuit. There are Circuit Awards for each, along with over-all high point and best of show awards. The majority of classes will be held indoors with 4 climate controlled arenas.

Youth classes have been split into 4 divisions, offering more opportunities for youth of all ages and levels. A Small Fry 9 & Under (walk/trot) division has been added for the first time and the kids will show once. Youth 11 & Under will show 2 times during the Fall Championship and 1 time during the Pinnacle Circuit. The 11 & Under classes are AQHA approved. Buckles will be awarded to Champions in both Small Fry and 11 & Under classes, along with ribbons for 1st through 9th. These youngsters will be even more stoked about showing as the High Point Small Fry and the High Point 11 & Under Champions will each receive a Az. Fall Championship Trophy. Moving on to the older kids, Youth 12-14 and 15-18 divisions will offer leveled classes. The youth classes will be held on the same days as the amateur and select divisions for those classes rather than in a separate youth pen.

The expansive array of Futurities will certainly be a highlight of this year’s show. To date, over $73,000 in added money has been pledged by generous sponsors. A full slate of NSBA Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle Futurities and Maturities are on the schedule. Three Trail futurities and a Western Riding futurity round out the mix.


Ranch Riding and Ranch Horse classes have become some of the most popular offerings at the Fall Championship. This year, new and returning awards await exhibitors.  The Ranch Horse Challenge Awards are back with High Point Champions in L1 Open Ranch, Open Ranch, Amateur and Select Amateur Ranch all receiving $500 and a buckle. Points will be calculated over all 10 judges over both circuits. Farnam is the sponsor of the $5,000 added 3 & 4 Year Old Ranch Horse Futurity.  It will be a simple lead change class. In addition to Futurity Champion awards, the top three 3 Year Olds will receive separate awards.

Cow horse exhibitors have a lot to be enthusiastic about with 2 full slates of NRCHA classes and a total of $3,800 in added money during the Pinnacle Circuit. Additionally, many of the best cow horses in the country will be competing in the $10,000 Added Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch NRCHA Futurity. Amateur cow horse exhibitors have a shot of big money too in the $5,000 Added Non Pro Derby.

Even more exceptional awards and prizes are on the line. Superior Saddlery saddles will be awarded to the High Point Non Pro champions in L1, L2 and L3. High point champs in Youth Horsemanship 15-18, L3 Amateur and L3 Select Amateur Horsemanship will be carrying home a new Bob’s Custom saddle award. Best of Show awards for All around and Ranch and Cattle divisions in Open, Amateur and Youth. Buckles, Rod Patrick Ostrich Boots, Cinch Jean and Shirt Certificates and Professional’s Choice Bob Avila Collection gift certificates will be awarded. Keeping the show lively, the Prize Patrol will be roaming the grounds with a dizzying array of give aways. Gift certificates, electronics, hats, boots, supplements and more will be handed out to winners of fun games and challenges.

Arizona Quarter Horse Association will be hosting its 4th annual scholarship show and IEA competition on Sunday the 4th. Youth members can compete for scholarship funds in Horsemanship and Reining classes. The unique format has riders paired with horses they have never ridden to show the extent of their skill and horse knowledge. There will also be a scholarship interview process with $1,000 awards for several exceptional youth. Funds are held by AzQHA until the youth goes to college or other higher education. This allows them to accumulate winnings year after year.

Horse shows have had to adapt to new realities like every industry. Show management is working closely with the City of Scottsdale and WestWorld to ensure all COVID-19 safety protocols are maintained. It is fortunate that outdoor facilities and stall areas at WestWorld are well spaced to naturally promote social distancing. Additionally, the four voluminous, climate control arenas are ideal for minimizing risk. Exhibitors will use the HorseShow Tracker for entries and result, eliminating almost all need to spend time in the show office. Show Management will also be upholding all local mask ordinances that are in effect at the time of the show. It is important to note that due to public gathering restrictions, spectators will not be allowed at this year’s show. Only exhibitors, trainers and family will be on site.

Arizona Quarter Horse Producing Two Back-To-Back Circuits This Fall

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With so many horse shows canceled in 2020, the enthusiasm for expanding the Arizona Fall Championship is enormous and the timing couldn’t be better. The popular show held September 26-29 at WestWorld in Scottsdale will be followed by The Pinnacle Circuit which runs October 1-4. Exhibitors have the opportunity to show at one or both. Its a great way to get 10 AQHA shows in just one trip.

The shows are designed to provide maximum comfort while making health and safety a top priority. All classes will be held in WestWorld’s vast, climate controlled arenas or covered pens. Exhibitors can skip the lines in the show office by entering, adding and scratching on line with the new Horse Show Tracker Passport app. And of course, WestWorld is so big, there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out and have their own personal space.

The AZ Fall Championship features 6 judges and will present its treasured Circuit Award trophies. The Pinnacle Circuit has 4 judges and embroidered coolers will be presented to its Circuit Champions. Reserve and 3rd overall for both circuits receive embroidered outer wear.

Additionally, High Point saddles from Superior Saddlery will be awarded to Non Pros in Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. There are Best of Show awards in the All Around and the Reining and Cattle divisions for youth, amateur and open exhibitors. Buckles, Rod Patrick Ostrich Boots and Cinch certificates await those winners. High Point and Best of Show awards are calculated from all 10 judges over the 2 circuits.

The shows present Arizona’s own Level 1 and Select Championships with so many classes and awards geared for those exhibitors. There are Best of Show awards for L1 Select, L1  Amateur and L1 Youth in the All Around division and an L1 Amateur award for the Ranch and Cattle division. Select exhibitors can compete for Best of Show in the All Around and are eligible for the L1, L2 and L3 High point saddles.

Ranch Riding enthusiasts will be happy to see the expansive offerings including the incredibly popular Ranch on the Rail and Ranch Trail. The Ranch Horse Challenge Awards are back this year with High Point Champions in L1 Open Ranch, Open Ranch, Amateur Ranch and Select Amateur Ranch all receiving $500 and a buckle. Points will be calculated over all 10 judges. All new for this year will be a 3 and 4 year old Ranch Riding Futurity with special awards for the high scoring three year olds. The pattern for the futurity will be a simple lead change pattern.

Both circuits will offer plenty of classes for all levels of exhibitor in Rail, Trail and Pattern classes as well as Reining. Youth classes are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are numerous NSBA classes too. Cow Horse classes are offered at the Pinnacle Circuit and will have a Cow Horse practice pen. Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association will host a $10,000 added Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch NRCHA Futurity and a $5,000 added Non Pro Derby. There will also be 2 full slates of NRCHA classes with a total of $3,800 in added money.

Low hotel rates are another perk for exhibitors coming to Scottsdale. The newly renovated  Best Western Sure Stay Plus is the host hotel this year with room rates of $75 plus tax. Additional hotels are offering exhibitors discounted rates too. Exhibitors can choose to stay on site at WestWorld with their own RV or rent one from Going Places RV who will deliver to the site.

AzQHA’s forward thinking is once again giving Quarter Horse exhibitors just what the need in the right place at the right time. More details, awards criteria and schedules will be continually updated at azfallchampionship.com

Special offerings for our L1 Exhibitors 

ARIZONA FALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND PINNACLE CIRCUIT

Special offerings for our L1 Exhibitors 

Circuit trophies for all L1 classes, Reserve and 3rd overall receive embroidered outerwear

LEVEL 1 NON PRO – SUPERIOR SADDLERY SADDLE

Classes that can be counted towards the award include:

Youth Showmanship L1, Youth Horsemanship L1, Youth Pleasure L1, 3 yr. old Youth Geldings, Aged Youth Geldings, Youth Performance Geldings, 3 yr. old Youth Mares, Aged Youth Mares, Youth Performance Mares, Amateur Select Showmanship L1, Amateur Showmanship L1, Amateur Select Horsemanship L1, Amateur Horsemanship L1, Amateur Pleasure L1, 3 yr. old Am. Geldings, Aged Am. Geldings, Am. Performance Geldings, 3 yr. old Am. Mares, Aged Am. Mares, Am. Performance Mares

HIGH POINT RANCH HORSE CHALLENGES

L1 OPEN RANCH – Horse must be L1 eligible in AQHA Ranch Riding to compete in L1 Ranch on the Rail

Champion – $500 & Buckle

Reserve – $400 & Bronc Halter

Classes that can be counted towards the award include:

L1 Open Ranch Trail (Non AQHA classes only), L1 Ranch Riding, L1 Ranch on the Rail

3 yr. old Stallions, Aged Stallions, Open Performance Stallions, 3 yr. old Geldings, Aged Gelding, Open Performance Geldings, 3 yr. old Mares, Aged Mares, Open Performance Halter Mares

Best of Show – All Around  L1 Select Amateur 

Champion – Buckle,  Rod Patrick Ostrich Boots, Cinch Jean and Shirt Certificate

Reserve – Professionals Choice gift certificate Bob Avila Collection

Classes that can be counted towards the award include:

Amateur Select Showmanship L1, Amateur Select Horsemanship L1, Amateur Pleasure L1, Amateur Western
Riding  L1, Amateur Trail Select L1, Amateur Hunter Under Saddle L1, Amateur Hunt Seat Eq. L1, 3 yr. old Am. Geldings, Aged Am. Geldings, Am. Performance Geldings, 3 yr. old Am. Mares, Aged Am. Mares, Am. Performance Mares

Best of Show – All Around Division – L1 Amateur

Champion – Buckle,  Rod Patrick Ostrich Boots, Cinch Jean and Shirt Certificate

Reserve – Professionals Choice gift certificate Bob Avila Collection

Classes that can be counted towards the award include:

3 yr. old Am. Geldings, Aged Am. Geldings, Am. Performance Geldings, 3 yr. old Am Mares, Aged Am. Mares, Am. Performance Mares, Level 1 Am. Western Riding, Level 1 Am. Trail, Level 1 Am. Western Pleasure, Level 1 Am. Hunter Under Saddle, Level 1 Am. Showmanship, Level 1 Am. Horsemanship, Level 1 Am. Hunt Seat Equitation

Best of Show – Ranch and Cattle – L1 Amateur

Champion – Buckle,  Rod Patrick Ostrich Boots, Cinch Jean and Shirt Certificate

Reserve- Professionals Choice gift certificate Bob Avila Collection

Classes that can be counted towards the award include:                   

3 yr. old Am. Geldings, Aged Am. Geldings, Am. Performance Geldings, 3 yr. old Am Mares, Aged Am. Mares, Am. Performance Mares,  Level 1 Amateur Reining, Level 1 Amateur Ranch Riding, Level 1 Amateur Ranch Trail, Level 1 Amateur Boxing

All Around L1 Youth

Champion – Buckle, Rod Patrick Ostrich Boots, Cinch Jean and Shirt Certificate

Reserve- Professionals Choice gift certificate Bob Avila Collection

Classes that can be counted towards the award include:

Youth 3 yr. old Geldings, Youth Aged Geldings, Youth Performance Geldings, Youth 3 yr. old Mares, Youth Aged Mares, Youth Performance Mares, Level 1 Youth Western Riding, Level 1 Youth Trail, Level 1 Youth Reining, Level 1 Youth Western Pleasure, Level 1 Youth Hunter Under Saddle, Level 1 Youth Showmanship, Level 1 Youth Horsemanship, Level 1 Youth Hunt Seat Equitation

High Point L1/ Green Horse  

Champion – Buckle

Reserve – Professionals Choice gift certificate Bob Avila Collection

Classes that can be counted towards the award include:

3yr. old Stallions, Aged Stallions, Open Performance Stallions, 3 yr. old Geldings, Aged Gelding, Open Performance Geldings, 3 yr. old Mares, Aged Mares, Open Performance Mares, Level 1 Hunter Under Saddle, Level 1 Western Pleasure, Level 1 Western Riding, Level 1 Jr. Trail or Level 1 Sr. Trail

Announcing 2 Circuits For Fall Show

Arizona is Doubling Down on The Fall Show With Two Circuits

10 AQHA Shows

September 26 – 29 The Arizona Fall Championship

October 1 – 4  Pinnacle Circuit

All Youth classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Arizona’s Level 1 Championship event!!

Ranch Riding Challenges!!

Cow Horse Practice Pens!!
Come For One or Stay For Both

Have a bad case of Show Cancelitis after being stuck at home this year? Arizona has the cure! Building on the explosive growth and popularity of the AZ Fall Championships, AzQHA is adding a brand new show, The Pinnacle Circuit, to the schedule. The 2 shows will run back to back, with Wednesday September 30th as an off day. A great prize line is planned for both circuits. 

The AZ Fall Championship features 6 judges and will present its treasured bronze Circuit Award trophies. The Pinnacle Circuit has 4 judges and its own set of Circuit Awards. High Point saddles from Superior Saddlery will be awarded in Level 1 Non Pro, Level 2 Non Pro and Level 3 Non Pro. High Points are calculated from all 10 judges over the 2 circuits.

The expansive facilities at WestWorld ensure plenty of space for social distancing. Additionally, show management will be utilizing the Horse Show Tracker Passport app enabling exhibitors to skip the lines in the show office. All classes will be held in climate controlled arenas or in covered pens for maximum comfort. 

Both circuits will offer plenty of classes for all levels of exhibitor in Rail, Trail and Pattern classes as well as Reining and Cow Horse. Ranch Riding enthusiasts will be happy to see the expansive offerings including  the incredibly popular Ranch on the Rail and Ranch Trail. The Ranch Horse Challenge Awards are back this year with High Point Champions in L1 Open Ranch, Open Ranch, Amateur Ranch and Select Amateur Ranch all receiving $500 and a buckle. Points will be calculated over all 10 judges.

 

Level 1 exhibitors will have their own Arizona Level 1 championship show  of sorts. There are High Point Best of Show awards that combine points from both shows for L1 Select, L1  Amateur and L1 Youth in the All Around division and a L1 Amateur award for the Ranch and Cattle division. 

 

Best Of Show prizes will also be awarded in the All Around and the Reining and Cattle divisions at all levels.

Exhibitors can also benefit from low hotel rates.Newly renovated  Best Western Sure Stay Plus is the host hotel this year with room rates of $75 plus tax. 

 

Show Director and AzQHA CEO Doug Huls says that the board saw a gaping need in the horse show community and a way that Arizona could fill that void. “Everyone loves showing at WestWorld. We are fortunate in Arizona to have the kind of weather, location and facilities that make people feel safe and comfortable while showing. We can spread out and yet still be together doing what we love. AzQHA saw this as an opportunity to expand on the success of the AZ Fall Championship and fully utilize the excellent capabilities WestWorld has to offer to give exhibitors what they want.” 

 

More details, awards criteria and schedules will be continually updated at azfallchampionship.com

 

 

2019 Arizona Fall Championship Keeps the Fun and Awards Flowing

Sunshine and blue skies greeted exhibitors in Scottsdale for the annual Arizona Fall Championship held September 18-24. With 7,607 AQHA entries and 9,308 total entries, the AZ Fall Championship saw increases in all divisions over last year’s show. The increases were seen across the spectrum including AQHA, NSBA and NRCHA. This show has something for everyone and every level. The show attracts World Champions, yet there were also first-timers launching their showing adventure in the arenas of WestWorld. A wide array of leveled classes accommodates the varied needs and aspirations of exhibitors. 

Cow Horse, Reining and Ranch classes continue to be a huge draw, yet at the same time Rail, Trail and pattern classes also saw more exhibitors in the ring. The show’s popularity can be attributed to several factors. Most everyone comments on how much fun they have, and the prizes are a huge incentive. The handsome bonze circuit award trophies, saddles and cash awards are coveted by all.

High Point saddles where awarded to the top Non Pros in Levels 1, 2 and 3. Points from Showmanship, Halter, Pleasure and Horsemanship were tallied for one horse/one rider. Lauren Stanley racked up the most points aboard Extremely Good to take home the beautiful Superior Saddlery Saddle award for Level 3. In the Level 2 division, Deb Shatley won the saddle with Quiteabitlazy. Thalia Gelbs showed I Am Good II to win the Level 1 Non Pro saddle.

This year debuted a new award, the Ranch Horse Challenges for L1 Open, Open, Amateur and Select divisions. Each division awarded $500 and a buckle to the champion, while reserve won $400 and a bronc halter. Exhibitors had their points from Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail (non AQHA), Ranch on the Rail (non AQHA) and halter combined. Smooth Cat Man, ridden by Leslie Lange for owner Carly Lueck took the top honors in the L1 Open. They also picked up the Circuit Award in L1 Ranch Riding and Smooth Cat Man came back into the Arena with Carly aboard to pick up another trophy as L1Amateur champion. 

Laurel Walker-Denton rode Anne Macrea’s horse Pretty Smart Guy to the Open Ranch Championship spot. The team also picked up a Circuit Award in Open Ranch Riding. Beth Evans put together nice classes all week and won the Amateur Ranch division on her talented buckskin mare Super Diva Ziva. The pair also cleaned up in the VRH competition cinching the high point placing in VRH Amateur Ranch Riding, VRH Open Ranch Riding, VRH Ranch Trail, and Ranch Conformation. Tricia Sarchett and Will Be Noticed were at the top or their game all week too. She was presented with the Select Ranch Challenge buckle along with a Circuit Award in Amateur Ranch on the Rail. Tricia then switched gears and won trophies for Amateur Hunter Hack, Select Hunter Under Saddle Select and Hunt Seat Equitation.

The AZ Fall Championship held a mini version of Sun Circuit’s fun and popular tournament style competition. The West Bracket Horsemanship Tournament was open to all who made it on to the 2019 National Championship Summer Ranking List who were showing in Horsemanship. The top four exhibitors after the first set of AQHA judges got to ride the challenging pattern in a head to head competition. At stake was a Championship buckle and $500 cash prize for the winner in each division. Reserve would take home a logo’d director’s chair and $250. A free pizza party got the crowd warmed up for the matches and they boisterously hooted and hollered for each or the well-matched rides. 

After round one of the tournament, Claire McDowall and Brooke Jolstad  came back to ride again in the Youth. Both ladies knew what to expect and used every ounce of skill they could muster. In the end Claire prevailed on BF Fun Size for the Youth Championship. Claire was heard to say shortly after that it was the most fun she has had showing. Brooke was a close second aboard Betta Believe It.

The Amateur division saw Tony Anderman aboard Solo Invested ride against Natalia DeVancenty on Moonlite Madness in the final pairing. Tony knew the format well as he was a Showmanship finalist in the National Championship Tournament last March. While both had a great ride, Tony edged out Natalia on the pattern for the win.

Joanne Garnett and Kim Gutowski fist bumped prior to their final show down in The West Bracket Tournament Select Division. Both ladies had already been solid on their first goes. Joanne’s second ride on Hez Pretty Extreme squeaked past Kim and Toucht to claim the buckle. These two were neck and neck in horsemanship for the entire show. In fact, Kim reversed that the placings when it came to the L3 Amateur Select Horsemanship Circuit Award.  Joanne continued to do well throughout the week and added the All Around Select Amateur Best of Show title to her long list of accomplishments.

Best of Show awards were presented in both the All Around and Ranch and Cattle Divisions. Winners received a pair of Rod Patrick boots, and gift certificates from Cinch, SmartPak and Professionals Choice Bob Avila Collection. Other winners in the All Around include Whos Your Bay Bae ridden by Sara Newton for Kelly Brikenholz in the Open. Lauren Stanley and Extremely Good Stuff won the honor in Amateur while the Level 1 Amateur award went to Toni Ward and Good Cowboy Casanova. In Youth, it was Ella Petak and One Vital Code RV who accumulated the most points. Ima lazy Cowboy and Kaitlyn Bloom were Best of Show for Level 1.

In the Reining and Cattle Division, Brad Barkemeyer piloted Five Star Reyting to win the Open Best of Show award and picked up the Junior Working Cow Horse Circuit trophy along the way. Chantz Stewart and Leggy Lisa Marie were named Best of Show for the Amateurs. Caroline Buchanan and A Time For Jazz where the Youth Best of Show award winners.

The show hosted several NSBA Futurities. Sandra Morgan showed her handsome gelding, Im Willy Good Today on the first day of the show and won the NSBA 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle. The pair came back a couple days later to win the NSBA 3 Year Old Non Pro. Eric Felt rode Packin My Jacket to win the 2 Year Old class.

Theresa Wills rode Best Made Machine to win the NSBA 2 Year Old Western Pleasure for owner Beth Lepping. Ten horses showed in the NSBA 3 Year Old Western Pleasure. Mike Hawkins piloted I Like The Dark to the win for owner Randy Kimmel. Then Randy took the reins on his horse to win the NSBA 3 Year Old Non Pro in a class of nine.

There were 17 entries in the NSBA 3/4 Year Old Trail. Chad Evans  navigated the poles in fine fashion with Florida Georgia Line for owner Ruth Rowe.

In addition to the action in the ring, exhibitors had a chance to win gift certificates and merchandise with the infamous Prize Patrol. Tom Forehand brought his humor and enthusiasm to his new role as captain and enjoyed cooking up an even crazier set of challenges. Winners took home TVs, head phones and electronics from the Arizona Quarter Horse Association along with prizes donated by Smartpak, Show Me Again, Sami’s Fine Jewelry, Professional’s Choice Bob Avila Collection, Showtime Show Clothing, Perfect Equine Cold Water Spa, Watsons Hat, Leslie Hellman Therapeutics and Sport Horse Chiropractic.

The show also made a huge impact on the lives of many Youth horsemen. The Arizona Quarter Horse Association awarded over $18,000 in scholarship funds during the AZ Fall Championship. It was the third year that the organization held their innovative ASCENT scholarship competitions for AzQHA Youth members on the last day of the show. Money was earned through an Interscholastic Scholarship Show which offered 5 classes in Horsemanship and 3 in Reining. Additionally, middle and high school students were awarded scholarship funds through a three person panel interview process.

New Offerings at the Arizona Fall Championship

The Arizona Fall Championship held in Scottsdale September 18-22 is known for its exhibitor-centric blend of extensive classes, thoughtful schedule, fun atmosphere and great prizes. Yet this premier show never stops innovating. This year, exhibitors have even more opportunities for dynamic competition and desirable awards.

Building on the popularity of Sun Circuit’s National Championship Tournaments last March, The AZ Fall Championship is debuting the Horsemanship West Bracket Tournament. Ranked horsemanship exhibitors from the 2019 National Championship summer rankings who are showing in the AQHA horsemanship at the Arizona Fall Championship will be eligible. The top 4 scores in Youth, Amateur and Select horsemanship after the first set of AQHA judges will advance to The Four where they will compete in a tournament style head to head competition. The champion in each division will win $500 and a trophy buckle. The reserve will win $250 and a logo’d chair. The summer rankings list will be out in late July.

Ranch Riders are eligible for the new Ranch Horse Challenges with divisions for Open, L1 Open, Amateur and Select. Classes that can be counted for these high point awards include Halter, Ranch Trail, Ranch Riding and Ranch on the Rail. The champion in each division will be awarded a trophy buckle along with $500 while the reserve will take home a bronc halter and $400.

Exhibitors love the elegant bronze AZFC Circuit Award trophies that are uniquely styled for each discipline. Other circuit awards include logo’d outerwear and Vendor Bucks. There are also 3 high point, non pro one horse/one exhibitor saddle awards for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 exhibitors.

Best of Show awards are back again this year. There is an All Around division for Open, Amateur, L1 Amateur, Select and Youth. Additionally, there is a Best of Show Reining & Cattle division for Open, Amateur and Youth. Champion awards include Rod Patrick boots, Cinch and SmartPak gift certificates. Reserve champs will receive Professionals Choice Bob Avila Collection gift certificates. There is also a High Point L1/Green Horse champion buckle up for grabs and a L1 Youth All Around award.

There will be  NSBA Futurities held as well. Show your youngsters in the 3 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle, 3 Year Old Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle, 2 Year Old Hunter Under Saddle, 3 Year Old Western Pleasure, 3 Year Old Non Pro Western Pleasure or the Trail futurity for 3 & 4 year olds.

Cow Horse exhibitors can chase down some serious cash in several AzRCHA/NRCHA offerings with jackpots and added money. Some of the standouts include $10,000 added Heaven Sent Ranch Futurity, $5,000 Molina Fine Jewelers/Cre8tive Rentals Derby, $5,000 Open Bridle Spectacular, $2,500 Non-Pro Spectacular sponsored by Standlee and $2,500 Non-Pro Limited Spectacular sponsored by 4P Ranch and Design Space Modular Buildings.

It’s not just the big prizes that attract people to AZFC. The inviting atmosphere and excellent facilities are on everyone’s Top Ten list. Exhibitors stay cool and comfortable showing at AZFC.The majority of classes are held in the climate controlled Equidome and North HalI arenas and even outdoor classes benefit from covered arenas. This year the trail warm up gets a cool down by moving into the air conditioned South Hall.

The schedule of classes offers just about everything for the AQHA enthusiast, spanning jumping to cutting, rail to ranch, plus a whole day of VRH. The schedule allows exhibitors plenty of time to socialize and partake of Scottsdale’s legendary dining, shopping and activities. This is the destination that non-showing spouses love.

Arizona Fall Championship Draws Increasing Numbers

Arizona Quarter Horse Association strives to give exhibitors what they want in all the shows that they produce. Delivering on that goal has been a big component of the upward trajectory of entires at the Arizona Fall Championship. The 2018 show held September 19-23 saw 7,603 AQHA class entries which represents 17% growth over the previous year. Exhibitors from across the country flock to Scottsdale for the event that has established a reputation as the  “Show For Everyone” with its quality competition and awesome awards. “We saw increases in class entries across the board,” says Doug Huls, Show Director and CEO of Arizona Quarter Horse Association. He continues, ”I think a big draw for us is that we have great awards in all the levels.” Circuit Champions in Levels 1, 2 and 3 received bronze trophies, individualized to each discipline. The 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the circuit standings received embroidered denim jackets. Additionally, five Scottsdale Performance High Point trophy saddles where awarded. 

Best Of Show Awards meant even more exhibitors went home with great prizes and a variety of fun Giveaways meant anyone could be a winner.

The show offered leveled classes across a full schedule of Rail, Trail, Halter, Showmanship, Ranch Horse, Reining, Cattle and Roping. While Scottsdale can be a little toasty in September, exhibitors enjoyed the cool comfort of three indoor, air-conditioned arenas and warm-up areas. A few of the ranch horse classes were held outside in a covered arena. Leveling has always been a hallmark of this show. The ability to compete against peers is a big incentive for everyone, as seasoned veterans can match skills in L3, yet those relatively new to showing are confident they have a fair shot in their own classes. Huls notes that the Level 1 Select Amateur classes saw significant increases this year. This highly inclusive show really reaches out beyond the standard rail and performance classes. A Versatility Ranch Horse competition was offered and AzQHA also hosted a Trail Challenge using the natural desert area of the expansive West World grounds.

Despite the explosive growth, classes were completed in a timely fashion each day. Schedules that allow for early completion times and professional staff are important to AzQHA when planning a show. The biggest addition this year was the use of a new computer system that increased efficiency. Class scribes used wi-fi enabled tablets to record judges’ scoring. At the end of each class, the placings were instantly transmitted to the announcer. The system cuts countless hours of hand scoring from each day allowing classes to move fluidly from one to the next. Tablets also facilitated check in at each arena so that the next class was always ready to go. A mobile app system, Horse Show Tracker, was utilized for the first time to allow anyone on the grounds or back home quick access to results as well as draws and leaders in timed events. The combination of innovations proved a big hit with both exhibitors and staff. Huls and the show office staff have already identified opportunities where they can improve on the system to supply even more information in the future. He says, “AzQHA is committed to using the technology and advancing it so we can always deliver the best experience for exhibitors at this show and for Sun Circuit in March.” 

When the dust settled an all the points were tallied the High Point Awards saddles were awarded. The Level 1 Non Pro was Too Early For Sleep with Clare E Swanson.

Sissie Shank  was the Level 2 Non Pro winner riding Oughta Be Western.

Hanna Iselin Olaussen rode her horse, Wearin Only Moonlite, to rack up the points for Level 3 Non Pro award.

The Ranch High Point awards combined points from VRH Trail, Ranch Riding and Ranch on the Rail with halter. The Open Ranch champion was Light N Lucky with Nancy Gillett at the reins. Brook Hokana rode Reminic N Poco to win the Amateur ranch award.

 

The show also held several NSBA Futurities. Tom Forehand showed off Cuz Im Sleepy with impressive style and movement earning top marks from the judges to the win the 3 Year Old Open Western Pleasure. Then owner Julie Beard showed that her horse had the consistency to repeat the win in the 3 Year Old Non Pro. Marvin Kapushion and Uptown Blazer were the champions in the Two Year Old Open Pleasure. On the English side, Sandra Morgan impressed the judges and won the championship in the 2 Year Old Open Hunter Under Saddle on her marvelously fluid Only Inthe Mechanics. Sandra was center arena at the conclusion of the NSBA 3 Year Old Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle. She claimed a second champion trophy riding her handsome home bred gray gelding, Willy In The Sky. Moving on to the 3 Year Old Open NSBA Hunter Under Saddle, it was Deana Searles who rocked it on The Best Jazz Album Yet to take top honors. A solid field of 18 turned out for the NSBA 3 & 4 year Old Trail Futurity. It was an impressive class of junior horses, but in the end, it was Sugaray who was piloted beautifully though the poles by Chad Evans who won the trophy for owner Ashley Wilson.

Best of Show awards were presented in both the All Around Division and Ranch/Reining and Cattle divisions for Open Amateur and Youth. Open Champions received Professionals Choice gift certificate for the Bob Avila Collection, Cinch Jean and Shirt Certificate, and $100 Smart Pak Gift Certificate and Reserve Champs took home Professionals Choice gift certificates. Amateur, Select, L1 Amateur and Youth and L1 Youth Best of Show awards included Rod Patrick Ostrich Boots, Cinch Jean and Shirt Certificate for the champions and Professionals Choice gift certificate for Reserve.

Best of Show winners include:

Open Whose Your Bay Bae and Kelly Birkentholtz

Open Level 1 Handsome I Will Beand Sue Gsell-Wade

Open Ranch/Reining/Cattle, Sippin Boons Farm, Eric & Wendy Dunn

Amateur Ranch/Reining/Cattle, Boomin Miss Skeets and Christine Brannen

Youth Ranch/Reining/Cattle, Jackies Buck Fever and Gavin Hershberger

Level 1 Amateur, Irwins Lil Bit Purdy and Ciera Bennett

Amateur, Hez Kool and Carly L Estreich Lueck

Select Amateur, Lopin Down The Lane and Kim Portney

Level 1 Youth, Pawn Star and Sydney Ann Swallom

Youth, Wearin Only Moonlite and Hanna Iselin Olaussen

Amateur exhibitors who showed in both Cutting and Cow Horse had their pick to enter the $1,000 added Amateur Boxing Spectacular or the $1,000 added  Amateur Spectacular where their cutting and reined cow horse scores were combined. Champions received a handsome trophy buckle along with the cash award. Christina Hampton and Smart Time Tucker won the Amateur Spectacular, while Janye Vatcher and Tommy Olena picked up the Boxing Spectacular win.

The ever popular Prize Patrol routinely surprised exhibitors with fun challenges, Word-Of-The-Day gifts, Wine Races and trivia games as part of the give-aways proving that anybody can be a winner at this show. Tom Forehand joined the Patrol this year and injected a good deal of joviality into each of his tricky games. Roughly $8,000 worth of give-aways came in the form of 50” TVs, vendor gift certificates, jewelry, custom hats and electronics. This great assortment was  sponsored by Arizona Quarter Horse Association, Sami’s Fine Jewelry, Barbara’s Custom Hats, SmartPak, Standlee Feeds, Talon Air, Watson Hats, Show Me Again and Professionals Choice Avila Collection.  

Zoey Silver was burning it up on the challenges by being in the right place at the right time and having some mad skills. She won the Ride-A-Buck Equitation Challenge where riders were required to trot and canter without stirrups while keeping a dollar between their legs and the saddle. Those Eq ladies were a tough bunch and it took quite a while before Zoey was the last rider in the ring. She won a beautiful necklace from Sami Fine Jewelry for her efforts. She was also the winner of the Chap Race in L1 Am Horsemanship and received a Show Me Again gift certificate. The Gum Ball Guess Challenge was new addition to the games. Nobody is quite sure how Forehand stuffed so many gum balls into the jar, but that’s what added to the challenge. Joy Cardelli went shopping with a $500 Show Me Again gift certificate for correctly guessing the number of gum balls while the jar sat in the Trail pen. During the line-up of 19 Green Western Pleasure horses, Mike Hawkins guessed the exact number of gum balls in the jar and was awarded with a stunning $2,500 horse shoe ring from Sami Fine Jewelry.

The Ranch on the Rail Wine Race was such a hit, it ran in both amateur and open classes. Riders walked, jogged, and galloped while trying not to spill a drop from their wine glasses. Janye Vatcher had a steady hand even when she cowgirled-up and flew around the ring. She won a $500 gift certificate to Barbara’s Custom Hats. Laurel Walker Denton had a smooth horse and a solid seat to emerge virtually spill-less and was presented with another $500 gift certificate towards a Barbara’s Hat. The bouncy horses came in off their summer range for appearances in youth, cattle, english and western venues. The fame of these races has spread far and wide, so riders routinely line up a half hour before the race to “pick their mount”…and get in a little practice. A couple of 50” TVs courtesy of Talon Air were awarded. While all the races are racked with hilarity and fight-to-the-finish determination, it was Connor Cooper’s slow-mo worthy face plant over the finish line in the Youth race that got the most notice. Probably because Connor enjoyed showing EVERYONE his dirt-encrusted tongue for a good 10 minutes after the race. He won a $500 gift certificate to Barbara’s Hat’s.

On Sunday afternoon, the Fall Championship hosted an Interscholastic Scholarship Competition for Western discipline riders. Four Arizona IEA teams competed in Horsemanship and Reining classes. IEA  is a national organization that is open to public school, private school and barn teams for grades 6-12. Participants do not have to own a horse and horses used at the shows are provided free of charge by enthusiastic supporters of the program. Each of the 10 classes awarded scholarship money for eligible youth. First place earned $500, while 2nd received $300 and 3rd place earned $200. The second annual Arizona Quarter Horse Association Scholarship Award interviews were also held on Sunday. All AZQHYA members were eligible to apply. Applicants had to answer a series of questions about their involvement in AQHA and other equine activities in front of an interview panel. Seven $1,000 scholarships were awarded to very accomplished young people.

Arizona Quarter Horse packs a tremendous amount into this 5 day extravaganza. It continues to tick all the boxes on exhibitor wish lists. The fun everyone has is evident in the smiles seen across the show grounds. You can be sure that 2019 will see even more horses at this show. But don’t worry, they are already working to expand the offerings without expanding the length of the show days.

New App For Results

CINCH Horse Show Tracker ready for Arizona Fall Show

Arizona Quarter Horse is proud to announce a partnership with FunnWare Development to provide the CINCH Horse Show Tracker app services at the Arizona Fall Classic.

Available for both Android and iPhone, CINCH Horse Show Tracker provides up to the minute information on the show:

·       Estimated time of day and locations of classes;

·       Ongoing status of classes;

·       Initial draws and splits;

·       Scores and scratches with timestamp as they are reported;

·       Leaders in scored and timed classes;

·       Final results for each class/go.       

The app also provides quick access to:

·       Stall assignments;

·       Patterns;

·       Vendor information for a great shopping experience;

·       Useful maps;

·       Special events;

·       News around the fairgrounds;

·       More…

Keep up with the show wherever you are!

Search “horse show tracker” in the App or Google Play Store and download it before you get to the show for best user experience.

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to keep up with any announcements.

Amateur Cow Horse Spectaculars in 2018

Amateur Cow Horse Exhibitors….We have  couple awards for you.

$1000 added Amateur Spectacular-Sponsored by Parkinson Performance Horses & Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association

Entry Fee Free- Enter at the Show Office

Horse must exhibit in Amateur Cutting one time and AQHA Amateur Cow Horse two times at the 2018 Az. Fall Championship.  Horses entered will be given a Reined Cow Horse score and placing in Reined Cow Horse Cutting separate from any placing obtained in AQHA Cutting class. Horse’s placings from the Reined Cow Horse Cutting and Amateur Cow Horse will be tabulated on a 9 point sliding scale to determine final placings.

$1000 added Amateur Boxing Spectacular-Sponsored by Bella Vista Ranch and Arizona Reined Cow Horse Association

Horse must exhibit in Amateur Cutting one time and AQHA Amateur Boxing two times at the 2018 Az. Fall Championship.  Horses entered will be given a Reined Cow Horse score and placing in Reined Cow Horse Cutting separate from any placing obtained in AQHA Cutting class. Horse’s placings from the Reined Cow Horse Cutting and Amateur Boxing will be tabulated on a 9 point sliding scale to determine final placings.