The Wyoming Quarter Horse Association (WQHA) hosted another well-attended show, the Cowboy Summer Classic, in July in Douglas WY. Extra toasty daytime temperatures and extra high fuel prices didn’t deter exhibitors from coming from across Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and South Dakota to show to six nationally known judges over five days in a wide range of open, amateur, novice, and youth
Quarter Horse and All-Breed classes.
WQHA is especially grateful to AQHA judges Leanne Williams, Bonnie Jo Clay, Janet Wilson, Pete Kyle, Chele McGauly, and Nancie Wright, for having made this show such a high-quality event. Great judges, a great venue on the Wyoming State Fairgrounds, and a reputation for a relaxed but professional atmosphere helped attract numerous top performance- horse trainers from the region and their clientele.
All in all, the show brought in nearly 3600 entries at the open, amateur, novice amateur, youth and novice youth levels in AQHA and All Breed ranch horse classes, reining, barrel racing, halter and showmanship at halter, Western performance, and English performance classes. As in prior years, L1 (novice amateur and green horse) classes were particularly popular as the show has become a favorite venue for novice exhibitors to hone their show skills and to get ready for larger shows, and for open exhibitors to gain experience for their young and green horses. That said, there was plenty of strong competition at the
Amateur and Amateur Select levels. All breed, rookie, and walk-trot options for both English and Western classes boosted participation by both members and non-members. The largest most popular classes included All Breed Ranch on the Rail, L1 horse Ranch Riding, Junior horse Ranch Riding, Amateur Performance Halter geldings, L1 Amateur Showmanship at Halter, L1 Amateur Western Horsemanship, L1 horse Trail, L1 Amateur Trail, and Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation.
The show’s high-point youth champions were: Rachel Spint and her horse One Hot Cruiser (AQHA youth level 1 walk-trot); Sadie Jo Lamar and Impulsively Kruzin (AQHA rookie youth); Milana Rowe and Al Shes Surely Foxy (AQHA Level 1 youth); and Madeline Stucky and Be Invited (AQHA youth).
The high-point amateur champions were: Andrea Schultz and I Wanna Kissa Cowboy (AQHA amateur level 1 walk-trot); Diana Spint and One Hot Cruiser (AQHA rookie amateur); Caitlyn Kauffman and Slow Ridin (AQHA Level 1 amateur); Kendra Whitney and Rumors inthe Dark (AQHA amateur); and Kelly
Simonsen and Sho Me the Monie (AQHA select amateur).
High point horses were: Xtra Okie Shiner (AQHA open level 1 horse), owned by Marvin Kapushion; Cowpuncher Cadillac (AQHA junior horse), owned by Jimmy Daurio and David Renier; and Rumors Inthe Dark (AQHA senior horse), owned by Kendra Whitney.
All Breed champions were: Logann Candill and Kids Blu Lady (All breed walk-trot); Sadie Joy Lamar and Impulsively Kruzin (All breed youth); and Kelly Simonsen and Iron the Blues (All breed adult).
Youth champions Logan Cahill and Sadie Joy Lamar were newcomers to the WQHA show and we hope we’ll see them next year and for years to come!
Congratulations to our reserve high point winners, as well, and to the many circuit and individual class winners, and to everyone who came and showed! All results are posted on the WQHA website at https://wqha.org.
WQHA wants to call attention to the many sponsors whose contributions resulted in great prizes for high point winners, circuit awards, and lucky exhibitor cash awards. Gold level sponsors included Fender Performance Horses, Kelly Simonsen, Logcrafters log homes, Leslie Lange Performance Horses, Double Heart Performance Horses, Rocky Mountain Show Supply, Stetson Equine Services, and The Wrangler Horse and Rodeo News. Silver level sponsors included Cinch, Guynn Training, Nemmers Performance Horses, Erin Kathleen Photography, and McDowell Quarter Horses. Class sponsors included Erin Harding, Kitty Peterson & Associates, Linda Wise, Yellowstone Economic Associates, Tom Balding Bits and Spurs, Adair Walker, Kiyota Green Houses, Smiley the French Bulldog from NYC, and Nicole Ballenger. The show was also supported with a grant from the Converse County Tourism Board.
Last but not least, WQHA wants to encourage everyone to attend Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association’s Rocktoberfest show, scheduled for October 13-16, 2022 at The Ranch in Loveland, CO. This is an WQHA-approved show, so points earned by WQHA members count toward 2023 year-end awards. But for those points to count, exhibitors must be a 2023 WQHA member prior to the start of the show.
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