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The Rundown: World Show News Roundup

With Bank of America Amateur Week over and FedEx Open Week just winding up, get caught up on the happenings at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
November 15, 2011

2011 AQHA World Show Logo

Follow The American Quarter Horse Journal’s online coverage of the event, including Winning Run interviews, at www.aqha.com/worldshow.

Are you at the AQHA World Championship Show? Do you wish you could be? Follow The American Quarter Horse Journal’s online coverage of the event, including Winning Run interviews, at www.aqha.com/worldshow.

Here’s what’s been happening at the AQHA World Show:

  • Take a Bow: In the span of one afternoon, one horse and rider combo came out of the shadows to win the Farnam All-Around Amateur Award at the 2011 AQHA World Show. Lauren Eichstadt of Greenville, Pennsylvania, and Its My Lucky Detail, bred by Larry and Linda Whitaker of Rogers, Arkansas, earned 39 points competing in three classes to win the coveted title.
  • At the World With C.R.: Experience the AQHA World Show with AQHA Professional Horseman C.R. Bradley, an 11-time AQHA world champion and six-time AQHA reserve world champion, as well as a former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier.
  • Country Music and Quarter Horses: Up-and-coming country music star Jason Sturgeon rocked the Jim Norick Arena at State Fair Park on November 12. A former competitor at the AQHA World Show, Jason is now chasing his dreams in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • One Day, Two World Championships: AQHA Professional Horseman Lainie DeBoer of Hugo, Minnesota, can’t complain about winning two AQHA world championships in a row November 12. Read about Lainie’s remarkable day.

Saying Goodbye

The AQHA show industry says goodbye to the following horses:

  • Genuine Doc: Genuine Doc was euthanized November 14. For owner and breeder Carol Rose of Gainesville, Texas, he was the start of a legacy as a sire, a sire of sires and a maternal grandsire. His daughters have produced the earners of more than $3.1 million. 
  • Show Diva: AQHA mare Show Diva, owned by the Moran family, died unexpectedly November 10. She was in Oklahoma City competing at the 2011 AQHA World Show.
  • JST Topsail Skip: Keith and Rose Bode of Columbus, Indiana, lost their 2005 gelding JST Topsail Skip, aka “Shooter,” in a trailer accident November 10. The 2011 Select reserve world champion performance halter gelding was being hauled to Oklahoma City to compete in the open performance halter geldings.