November 15, 2012
The Team Wrangler presentation at the 2012 AQHA World Show. (Journal photo)
Team 20X won the 2012 Team Wrangler competition! Led by team captain Linda Crothers, 2012 Team 20X members included Wayne Czisny, Jack Brizendine, Alfred Hewitt, Leslie Lange, Jeff Carney, Ralph Muniz, Heath Taylor, Freddie Martinez, Kelly McDowell, Tommy Buckner, and Adam Wainscott.
Each member received a $1,000 cash award from Wrangler and an award medallion.
On behalf of the team, Wrangler contributes $20,000 to the American Quarter Horse Foundation Guy Stoops Professional Horseman scholarship fund that benefits the children of AQHA Professional Horsemen.
Wrangler also presents $2,500 to the highest point-earning exhibitor – this year it was Joni Nelson of Team Retro.
In the Team Wrangler competition, teams of top AQHA Professional Horsemen across the disciplines – from halter to all-around and racing – compete for points all year. The team with the highest combined number of points wins, and is honored at the AQHA World Championship Show.
For the first time since its inception, Team Wrangler added a fourth team: The new Extreme Team is made up of young, up-and-coming AQHA Professional Horsemen focusing on educational outreach for the horse industry.
Firework fanfare lit up the Jim Norick Arena November 14 as the new teams for 2013, which comprise top AQHA Professional Horsemen from across the nation and American Quarter Horse disciplines, were announced:
Captain: Jerry Erickson
Ronald Stratton, Whitney Lagace, Tommy Buckner, Lainie DeBoer, Adam Wainscott, Mark Wray, Clay Logan, Bobby Lewis, Cody Jensen, John Buchanan, Jeff Acuna
Team Cowboy Cut
Captain: Joni Nelson
Chris Arentsen, Cheryl Hawkins, John May, Peter Oen, Alfred Hewitt, Mitch Leckey, Jody Ramer, Teddy Johnson, G.R. Carter, Wesley Giles, Mike Joiner
Captain: Ryan Cottingim
James Becker III, Jason Smith, Carolyn Rice, Jim TenHoeve, Linda Crothers, Beth Case, J.D. Yates, Ed Dufurrena, Freddie Martinez, Cody Joiner, John Hammes
Jillian Bergstresser, C.R. Bradley, Tucker Clark, Jason English, Teresa Kackert, Ryan Kail, Jessica Lange, Josh Little, Genny Miller, Kristin Pokluda, Marty Simper, Trey Wood