The Rundown: From Around the Horse World

It’s a busy time in the AQHA show industry -- the World's Greatest Horseman Shootout kicks off at Battle in the Saddle on July 7 and Ford Youth World contest and NRHA Hall of Fame nomination deadlines are sneaking up.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 7, 2011

JD Yates' horse takes a bow

After winning the inaugural World's Greatest Horsemanship Shootout at the 2010 Battle in the Saddle, AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates has returned to Oklahoma City for the 2011 Battle in the Saddle. He took a moment out of roping competition to show off his horse's new tricks. (Larri Jo Starkey photo).

World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout

AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, is in Oklahoma City this week, but he’s not defending his 2010 World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout title – he won too much money in the World’s Greatest Horseman competition in February to be eligible for this year’s competition.

J.D. represented the American Rope Horse Futurity Association on Bald N Shiney, owned by Nelle Murphy of Burneyville, Oklahoma, before moving to the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s competition and placing seventh overall. J.D. and “Hank” also won two preliminary rounds.

Who will be the next to step up to the plate? J.D. says he has his eye on AQHA Professional Horseman Gary Wells, also representing the American Rope Horse Futurity Association. Gary has borrowed a horse from Nelle’s dad, Don Murphy, to compete, and J.D. says he has ridden the mare, Just A Sparknshine.

Just A Sparknshine is a 2003 palomino mare by Shining Spark and out of Just Kitty by Lil Wildcat.

“I almost rode her instead of Hank last year,” J.D. says. “She’s a good one.”

He also likes the chances of the National Cutting Horse Association’s Matt Budge, who will be riding Mr Playinstylish for the second year.

Mr Playinstylish is a 2005 sorrel stallion by Playin Stylish and out of Tari Chick Gay by Doc Tari. Mr Playinstylish was bred by R.E. Merritt of Dime Box, Texas, and is owned by Kit and Charlie Moncrief of Fort Worth, Texas.

“Of course everyone here’s good,” J.D. says. “My hat’s off to them.”

The Shootout competition begins July 7 with the herd work.

To see a full list of a Shootout contestants, visit Battle in the Saddle’s website. And if you want to know more about the World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout, The American Quarter Horse Journal has got you covered.

You can follow all of the Journal’s coverage of the World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout and all of the excitement at Battle in the Saddle on www.aqha.com and americashorsedaily.com.

National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame

If you know of a horse or a person who has been exceptional in their individual accomplishments and in their contribution to the sport of reining, be sure to fill out a nomination form. Nominations are due July 31.

Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show Contests

The entry deadline for contests at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show is Friday, July 15. Entries must be received by the AQHA youth office by July 15.

Also, there has been a date change for the judging contest at the Ford Youth World. The judging contest will be held Wednesday, August 10, at 8 a.m.

Great American-NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular

The National Cutting Horse Association Summer Cutting Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, runs July 12-30 at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The final gem of the NCHA’s Triple Crown of Cutting has attracted more than 1,600 entries.   

The Summer Spectacular includes a derby for 4-year-old horses and a classic challenge for 5- and 6-year-old horses. Classes begin daily at 8 a.m. and admission is free, excluding the finals on July 30.  Admission to the finals starts at $8.

The Summer Spectacular will play host to the annual National Youth Cutting Horse Association Convention and a scholarship cutting July 12-16.
Western Bloodstock will hold the Summer Spectacular Auction July 29-30.  The first day of the sale, July 29, will include the absolute dispersal of the Bar H Ranche in Weatherford, Texas.