The Rundown: News Roundup

From the Arizona wildfires to AQHA showing rule changes and updates for the NRHA Derby, The Rundown's got you covered with the latest AQHA show industry news!

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
June 10, 2011

Cutting clinic at the 2011 Region 11 Championship

A cutting clinic rider at the 2011 Region Eleven Championship. Photo by Jurgen Seyler.

Arizona Wildfires

Wink and Oscar Crigler have been prepared for the worst for 20 years. But for the first time, the Criglers are actively defending their X Diamond Ranch in Greer, Arizona, from a rampaging wildfire, which is burning about a quarter of a mile away from their back porch.

“I’ve worked on (the property) for 20 years – I’ve thinned the trees so that they’re very nicely spaced and well thinned out,” Wink says. “I cleaned out all of the underbrush so that we don’t have a heavy fuel load. I’ve got a waterline that runs on gravity flow in the event that we need water to water the fields and stuff right around the house, and also so that the pumper trucks can get water.

“Around the ranch headquarters, all of the grasslands are pretty much burned. But all of the animals are safe – all of our horses and our cows are safe, and all the ranch headquarters are safe.”

As frightening as an approaching wildfire is, Wink has been reassured that her preparations have left the X Diamond Ranch in a defensible position.

“It’s been a longtime project that we’ve worked on just because we knew that this could happen someday. Now it’s happening, and we have a lot of preparation. The fire crews are telling us that we’re very, very, very defensible here,” she says. “They’re actually going to come in today and burn right up to the middle so that it’s clean,even though there’s very little fuel. They just want to eliminate any fuel at all that’s out there. It’ll be a very manageable fire because of the fuel load’s reduction. It’s something that we worked on for 20 years – thinning and cleaning, thinning and cleaning, thinning and cleaning.”

In addition to preparing their land for a wildfire, Wink and Oscar have stocked up on feed and hay for their horses and cattle and extra groceries for themselves.

“We’re on lockdown here, so I can’t leave, or if I leave, I can’t come back,” Wink says.

“It’s very scary when you look out the window, and it’s almost like you could reach out there with a marshmallow on a stick, and it’s there.”

If you know of other AQHA members who have been affected by the fires in Arizona, send us an email at tchristiansen@aqha.org.

Three AQHA Showing Rules Modified

The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee has approved modifications to three AQHA showing rules. Here are the modifications:

  • Rule 441(c): Applying excessive pressure on or excessive jerking of a halter lead shank or an allowed lip chain is prohibited.
  • Rule 448(d): defines lip chains in size, dimension, length and type; explains that the lip chain is to rest under the lip and over the upper gum of the horse and not through mouth; and that effective immediately, stallions 1 year of age and older may be shown with an allowed lip chain in open and amateur divisions; effective August 1, 2011, mares 1 year of age and older and geldings 1 year of age and older may be shown with an allowed lip chain in amateur and youth divisions; effective immediately, the following horses may not be shown with an allowed lip chain: weanlings; any horse shown in a performance halter class and any horse shown in a versatility ranch horse conformation class.
  • Rule 448 (e) Procedure for Judging the Class: (1) Horses will walk to the judge one at a time. As the horse approaches, the judge will step to the right (left of the horse) to enable the horse to trot straight to a cone placed at least 35 feet (10 meters) away. At the cone, the horse will continue trotting, turn to the left and trot toward the left wall or fence of the arena. After trotting, horses will be lined up head to tail for individual inspection by the judge. The judge shall inspect each horse from both sides, front and rear. At single-judged shows, the judge should line the horses to be placed in a head-to-tail order according to preference.

For more information regarding the rule changes, visit AQHA.com.

College National Finals Rodeo

Can’t stand to wait until December for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo? You can get your rodeo fix this weekend with the College National Finals Rodeo, which begins Sunday, June 12, in Casper, Wyoming. The event runs through June 18, and you can follow the action on Twitter at www.twitter.com/collegerodeo or by searching on Twitter for #CNFR.

The CNFR is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. National team championships are awarded to both men’s and women’s teams. More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from more than 100 universities and colleges compete each year at the CNFR.

National Pole Bending Association
The National Pole Bending Association Championship Show kicks off June 10 and runs through June 12 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum.
The Kentucky Quarter Horse Association will award the highest-placing Kentucky-bred American Quarter Horse $200 in each go-round of the NPBA Futurity, which is for horses 5 and under.
For more information, check out www.polebending.org.

Region Eleven Championship

Exhibitors from Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and The Netherlands and five AQHA affiliates took part in the Region Eleven Championship June 3-5 in Mooslargue, France.

A total of 90 horses hauled in to compete; the event included cattle classes and an FEI CRI reining, for a total of 348 entries.

The Region Eleven Championship also offered a variety of clinics with top trainers of various disciplines, such as showmanship, horsemanship, western pleasure, trail or western riding clinics with husband-wife team Guylaine Deschenes and AQHA judge Pierre Ouellet of Italy. The reining clinic was taught by Morey Fisk of France.

“The facility is very beautiful, and the people involved couldn't have been better,” says AQHA Director of International Affairs David Avery. “I have attended three of the last four Region Eleven Championships, and one thing I always enjoy is to see the reaction of the competitors when our awards are presented! This show is designed to bring new owners and exhibitors of Quarter Horses together with professionals in a more relaxed atmosphere.”

If you’d like to read more about the 2011 Region Eleven Championship, you’ll have to wait for the July issue of the Journal Plus. The Journal Plus is free to The American Quarter Horse Journal subscribers.

NRHA Derby

The National Reining Horse Association is taking extra precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all of horses at the NRHA Derby June 27 - July 2 in Oklahoma City. Under the council of NRHA’s show veterinarian, new check-in procedures for the event have been implemented. They are as follows:

  1. All horse trailers must enter through the south entrance of barn row, which is between the Super Barn and Barn 6, and will be stopped for inspection. Each horse’s breed registration papers (or NRHA competition license if it is not a registered horse), health papers and negative Coggins test will all be asked for and checked before the horses will be allowed to unload.
  2. Health papers must have been completed within the last 30 days. Health papers will be required for all horses, including horses from Oklahoma. If a horse arrives without health papers, the show veterinarian will be on site to issue papers for a fee.
  3. The negative Coggins test must have been done within the past 12 months.
  4. Horses cannot move in before 8 a.m., Friday, June 24.

NRHA recommends that if a horse has not been vaccinated within the last 60 days with the equine rhinopneumonitis vaccination, that it be vaccinated, or re-vaccinated, at least 10 days prior to arriving at the show.

Additional precautions are being taken, such as providing hand sanitizer, gloves and disposable towels to the pre-check judge. The Oklahoma State Fair Park staff says the entire barn area will be thoroughly disinfected before the NRHA Derby.

But before you head to any competition, be sure to visit with your veterinarian about additional precautions you should take as an exhibitor.