Farnam AQHA World and Adequan® Select World Championship Shows Wrap-Up

Farnam AQHA World and Adequan® Select World Championship Shows Wrap-Up

AQHA exhibitors compete at a record-setting world championship show.

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That’s a wrap on a historic AQHA World Championship Show! The 2021 Farnam AQHA World Championship Show; AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan); Adequan® Level 2 Championships; and Nutrena Level 1 Championships, saw more than 8,500 entries, 1,800 exhibitors and 2,500 horses. Exhibitors competed for 290 championship titles, 104 Farnam AQHA World championships; 44 Adequan® Select World championships; 85 Adequan® Level 2 championships; and 40 Nutrena Level 1 championships, plus, more than $2 million in purse, prizes and the coveted gold globes at this year’s event, October 28 - November 20 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

If you were unable to attend the show or missed the free live webcast, be sure to check out all of the official results and winning runs at www.aqha.com/worldshow where you can relive record setting moments from the Jim Norick and Adequan® Performance arenas.  

The most anticipated awards of the event were presented to the Farnam AQHA Superhorse, AQHA All-Around Amateur, AQHA Select All-Around Amateur, OKC Leading Owner, The American Quarter Horse Journal Reserve Leading Owner and the top AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses at the show. This year’s show also featured a variety of exciting events and extra added money:

  • $50,000-added Pleasure Versatility Challenge, brought to you by Terry Bradshaw Quarter Horses

  • $25,000-added Level 3 barrel racing classes, courtesy of Standlee Premium Western Forage and the OKC Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • $25,000-added working western rail and $10,000 added two-part ranch series, courtesy of Headley Quarter Horses

  • $15,000-added Western Pleasure Challenge

  • $5,000 added 3-year-old western pleasure stakes class, sponsored by Rusty and Katie Green

Free Ride the Pattern Clinics, presented by Nutrena
AQHA Professional Horsemen volunteered their time to give 14 free Ride the Pattern clinics, presented by Nutrena. These clinics gave exhibitors and spectators the perfect opportunity to learn how AQHA Professional Horsemen would approach a specific class or pattern at the show. You can watch the previously recorded clinics on AQHA’s Facebook page. Thanks in part to Nutrena’s generosity to match the amount donated at the Ride the Pattern clinics, the Professional Horsemen’s Endowment Fund raised a record breaking $18,375. The AQHA Professional Horsemen also hosted an online auction, which raised more than $80,000 for the Professional Horsemen Endowment Fund.

We are only $26,606 away from our show goal of $125,000, which will fully fund the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Endowment Fund at $750,000. You can still be a part of supporting AQHA Professional Horsemen by donating online at the AQHA Professional Horseman donations page. Your contribution to the American Quarter Horse Foundation is tax deductible, learn more today at www.aqha.com/give-to-the-foundation-overview.

Farnam AQHA Superhorse
The 2021 Farnam AQHA Superhorse, presented by Sundowner Trailers, is Snap It Send It owned by Kent Ray Taylor of Mesa, Arizona. The 2016 gray mare, by VS Code Red and out of Snap Krackle Pop, was bred by Twylla Lynn Brown from Perry, Missouri. Snap It Send It earned 29 points and was shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Blake Weis of Pilot Point, Texas. Snap It Send It won the world champion title in junior trail, placed fourth in performance halter mares, eighth in junior western riding and was a finalist in junior western pleasure. Snap It Send It received a trailer, courtesy of Sundowner Trailers and an original Lisa Perry bronze. Read more about the top five 2021 Farnam Superhorses.

Farnam All-Around Amateur
Morgan Ratkowski of Pleasant View, Tennessee, earned the title of 2021 Farnam All-Around Amateur. Ratkowski showed the American Quarter Horse Better Buy The Minit. The 2005 bay gelding by Do You Have A Minute and out of Tickle My Asset, was bred by Kramer/Davis of Reddick, Florida. Ratkowski and Better Buy The Minit earned 57 points in the all-around amateur competition. The team earned the amateur world champion titles in working hunterhunter hack, and equitation over fences and the reserve world champion title in amateur hunt seat equitation. Ratkowski received $10,000 and an original Lisa Perry bronze. Read more about the top five Farnam All-Around Amateur exhibitors.

AQHA Select All-Around Amateur
The 2021 Select All-Around Amateur is Kimberly Stewart Burritt of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Burritt showed her American Quarter Horse Do You Have A Winner. The 2011 gray gelding by Good Terms and out of Do You Have A Dream, was bred by Heather Himelick of Connersville, Indiana. Burritt and Do You Have A Winner earned 35 points. The team earned the world champion title in Select equitation over fences, reserve world champion title in Select working hunter and the reserve world title in Select hunter hack. Burritt received a prize package that included an original Lisa Perry Bronze and $10,000. Read more about the top five AQHA Select All-Around Amateur exhibitors.

Oklahoma City Leading Owner
The Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau Leading Owner is awarded to the owner who has the highest number of points accumulated for their horses entered at the Farnam AQHA World in both Level 3 and Adequan® Level 2 classes across the amateur and open divisions. The owner must have three horses entered at the show to be eligible. This year’s Oklahoma City Leading Owner is Dan Fox of Chino, California. Fox earned 149 points with 15 American Quarter Horses during the show. The American Quarter Horse Journal Reserve Leading Owner is Josh Weakly of Shelbyville, Illinois, who earned 122 points with his nine American Quarter Horses.

Gene Graves Super-Select Special Recognition
The 2021 Gene Graves Super-Select Recognition Award recipient is Rick Neff of Galt, Missouri. Neff showed his American Quarter Horse, Wicked Boy AW. The 2015 sorrel gelding by Dash Ta Fame and out of Wicked Felina CL, was bred by Alan Woodbury of Dickinson, North Dakota. Neff and Wicked Boy AW earned the title with 22 points. They were crowned world champions in Select stake race and reserve world champions in Select pole bending.

2021 Nutrena Senior Athletes
The 2021 Nutrena Senior Athletes of the Adequan® Select Show are Donald Tisdall of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Pistol Packin Mister. The award is presented to the exhibitor and horse with the highest combined age competing at the Adequan® Select World. AQHA has proudly teamed with AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena on this award since 2012. Read more about the 2021 Nutrena Senior Athletes.

Top Ranching Heritage Bred Horses
AQHA recognizes the top Ranching Heritage-Bred horses at the Farnam AQHA and Adequan® Select World. The owners and breeders of the top-placing AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses each received $250. The owners also received a specially designed trophy. Learn more about the four American Quarter Horses that earned the top Ranching Heritage-Bred awards at this year’s show.

Triangle Fall Sale
The 42nd annual Triangle Fall Horse Sale, held October 29-30 in Oklahoma City, wrapped up with the highest averaging sale season since its establishment in 1979. The Fall Sale averaged $12,900 on 406 catalogued horses, less withdrawals and achieved an 81 percent sales completion. Of the 381 sold horses, 155 head went for more than $10,000, averaging $20,100 as a group and marking an impressive 51 percent total entering the Triangle Top $10,000 Club.

Markel Insurance provided 24-hour fall-of-the-hammer mortality insurance coverage for horses purchased during the 42nd Triangle Fall Sale. What does that mean? It’s insurance coverage that provides buyers immediate all-risk mortality and theft coverage on horses purchased for 24 hours after the close of the sale. A Markel representative must be contacted to extend coverage after the 24-hour period. Markel’s all-risk mortality and theft coverage reimburses you for the death, theft or human destruction of your covered horse, including illness or disease. For more information about Markel and its horse, liability and farm insurance products, visit https://markelhorseandfarm.com.

About the Farnam AQHA World and Adequan® Select World
The Farnam AQHA World and Adequan® Select World are the premier events in the equine industry for amateur, Select amateur and open exhibitors. The combined show also hosted the Adequan® Level 2 and Nutrena Level 1 championships. The shows were hosted in accordance with local, state and federal mandates. The shows featured over three weeks of exciting competition, educational opportunities and a bountiful trade show. For more information, visit www.aqha.com/world show.

About the Sponsors
Founded in 1946 and celebrating its 75th Anniversary, Farnam Companies Inc. has grown to become one of the most widely recognized names in the animal health products industry, and has become one of the largest makers of equine products in the country. That’s why no one offers a more complete selection of horse care products. Farnam Horse Products serves both the pleasure horse and the performance horse markets with products for fly control, deworming, hoof and leg care, grooming, wound treatment and leather care, plus supplements.

Adequan®, the official equine joint therapy of AQHA, is the proud title sponsor of the Adequan® Select World and the Adequan® Level 2 Championships. When you choose a joint therapy for your horses, choose Adequan®

Nutrena feed isn’t just grown, it’s crafted. Real science goes into putting the nutrients animals need into each Nutrena® feed product. Nutrena is a proud supporter of AQHA programs including the Nutrena Level 1 Championships, Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics and AQHA Professional Horsemen. Learn more about AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena.

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