October 12, 2012
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, led PTMA Star Kid by Kids Classic Style to the 2011 AQHA 3-year-old stallions world championship. (Journal photo)
The offspring of 14 American Quarter Horse stallions will line up November 16, following the aged geldings finals, for the very first World Conformation Horse Association Get-of-Sire class at the AQHA World Championship Show.
Back in the day, Get-of-Sire classes at stock shows offered a great showcase to display a stallion’s mark as a sire. With that in mind, AQHA teamed up with WCHA to turn back the clock and spotlight great sires in the industry. Those sires include:
Each stallion’s entry consists of three horses, of any age or sex. The horses that represent each stallion do not have to be owned by the stallion owner and do not have to compete in any other class at the AQHA World Show. However, the horses representing their sire must have qualified for one of the four 2012 AQHA world shows (they need not have been entered but must have qualified) – the Built Ford Tough AQHYA, Adequan Select, Bank of America Amateur or FedEx Open world championship shows. Weanlings representing their sire are exempt from this rule.
Only 14 stallion entries were accepted; the entries were opened at 10 a.m. on September 6, and all were quickly filled. Only the AQHA stallions that are currently enrolled in the 2012 WCHA Breeders Championship Futurity program are eligible to compete. The offspring of a stallion that comprise an entry do not have to be named until 8 p.m. on November 15.
“For years, Get-of-Sire classes at stock shows were a time-honored tradition and a great showcase of the consistency and uniformity of a stallion’s progeny,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “AQHA wants to support WCHA and the halter industry. The Association is pleased to team up with WCHA to bring back this vintage class model and give American Quarter Horse breeders another chance to highlight their breeding program.”
Judging criteria for the Get-of-Sire class is based on the consistency and uniformity of the entire three-horse entry with regard to balance, eye appeal, structural correctness, breed/gender characteristics, manners and qualify of muscling.
Three judges will preside over the class, but a fourth judge – the audience – will have its say in the placings. Each entry’s low score of the three judges in the arena will be thrown out. Those in the audience will text in their selections, which will be used in the final tabulation.
All questions regarding the Get-of-Sire class should be directed to Don Falcon at (480) 229-9767 or Luke Castle at (405) 826-0698.
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