The Rundown: News Roundup

Summer is almost over, but show season is in full bloom. Check out some of the top horse shows going on around the world.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
August 17, 2011

Vital Signs Are Good

AQHA Professional Horseman Jason Martin will trade his western riding roots as he tries his hand at showing a reined cow horse at the Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association's Celebrity Spectacular. Journal photo.

European Championship

The European Championship of American Quarter Horses in Kreuth, Germany, is in full swing. The event, which runs August 12-20, features a wide array of performance classes and boasts a total purse of €18,000 (including money and prizes).

At the European Championship, all exhibitors in the performance classes (with the exception of cattle classes) have to compete in two go-rounds. The top horses are then brought back to the final round, which is a huge success in itself, considering the caliber of horses and riders competing. 

NSBA World Championship Show

The sixth annual National Snaffle Bit Association World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, kicks off on August 17 at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex and runs through August 21.

The NSBA world show will play host not only to a slew of championship classes, but also the NSBA Breeders Championship Futurity, pattern stakes classes, the NSBA year-end awards ceremony, NSBA hall of fame presentation and quarter million dollar club recognition.

On August 20, NSBA will honor servicemen and women and the horses who are helping them heal in a “Heroes on Horses” competition.

Riders in the Heroes on Horses competition must be disabled veterans or active-duty wounded servicemen who are participating in Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Horses for Heroes programs.

NRHA Cowtown Classic

Reiners will make their way to Fort Worth, Texas, on August 23-27 for the inaugural National Reining Horse Association Cowtown Classic.

NRHA has announced that entries at the NRHA Cowtown Classic have already more than doubled initial expectations. As of August 15, 415 entries (open and non-pro, all levels combined) had been processed.

According to purse projections, the novice horse open derby will pay $110,000, and the novice horse non-pro derby will pay $73,000.

And as of August 11, exhibitors in the Cowtown Classic pre-futurity non-pro division will be able to show one- or two-handed in any legal bridle. Prior to the change, the conditions mandated exhibitors to show one-handed in a bridle or two-handed in a snaffle bit or hackamore.

Celebrities on Cow Horses

Reined cow horse competitors are pointing their trucks and trailer toward Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association will host the Circle Y Futurity, Faith Performance Horses Derby, Stuart Ranch Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular and Kalpower Quarter Horses Celebrity Spectacular at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum on August 17-21.

An event not to miss is the third annual Celebrity Spectacular at 7 p.m. on August 20. This invitational event will showcase top riders from many different venues, including clinicians, cutters, western pleasure riders and reiners, all competing on reined cow horses. A few of the featured riders are:

  • Clinton Anderson
  • Chris Cox
  • Matt Gaines
  • Charlie Cole
  • Jason Martin
  • Sam Smith
  • Brian Bell