American Quarter Horse AssociationApril 15, 2013
To view results of the Latin American Championships, including pedigrees of the horses competing, visit www.abqm.com.br (Note: website is in Portuguese – use Google translator for assistance).
American Quarter Horse Association members from nine Latin American affiliates have converged on Avaré, Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the Latin American Championships.
This event is slated for April 15-21 in conjunction with the 23rd Annual Congresso de Brasileiro (Brazilian Quarter Horse Association Congress), an event that drew more than 4,600 entries last year.
The Latin American Championships were conceived in December 2010 at the first Latin American Quarter Horse Summit, and the event is open to all youth, amateur and open AQHA members residing in Latin America.
The event began April 15, and champions will be crowned in dally team roping heading and heeling, barrel racing, pole pending, ranch sorting, team penning, reining, tie-down roping, cutting and halter.
“The exhibitors are proud to represent their countries at the second annual Latin American Championships,” said Kenny Knowlton, AQHA International Committee chairman. “At last year’s inaugural event we received a lot of positive feedback from exhibitors who want to see the Latin American Championships succeed. It’s great to see that excitement back in action again this year.”
The Championships award a Montana Silversmiths buckle to all champions, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals for champions, reserve champions and third-place finishers. Fourth through 10th place each receive a ribbon and medallion. All Latin American Championships accomplishments will appear on the horses’ and exhibitors’ official AQHA records.
“I am really proud of how the Latin American Championships came together, and I especially want to thank the Brazilian Quarter Horse Association for hosting the event again this year,” said AQHA Past President Johannes Orgeldinger, who helped establish the Latin American Championships. “Although Quarter Horses claim the United States as their country of origin, the breed is well represented across the globe, and I think people from all over the world would be impressed by the quality of American Quarter Horses competing here in Brazil.”
The Latin American Championships continue through April 21. To view results of the Latin American Championships, including pedigrees of the horses competing, visit www.abqm.com.br (Note: website is in Portuguese – use Google translator for assistance).
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