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Arizona Fall Championship

More than 8,000 entries hallmark the very first Arizona Fall Championship, September 25-29 in Scottsdale.

Arizona Quarter Horse Association
October 10, 2013

2013 Arizona Fall Championship photo by Shane Rux

The championship round, a clean-slate finals, offered every exhibitor who entered the ring that day the opportunity to be crowned the “Arizona Fall champion.” (Photo by Shane Rux)

The goal? To produce an event that gave exhibitors the opportunity to enjoy showing their horses, to enhance the horse-show experience and to do so at the least possible expense to exhibitors. The Arizona Quarter Horse Association did all that and more at its first Fall Championship, September 25-29 at West World in Scottsdale.

“Class sizes were well beyond expectations, entry levels were high and the most exciting thing for anyone involved in the equine industry was the strong turnout in the Novice level,” said Doug Huls, Arizona Sun Circuit director. “It was great to see so much new interest in the industry.”

  • Novice trail: 41 entries
  • Novice western pleasure: 31
  • Novice horsemanship: 31 
  • Novice hunter under saddle: 24 
  • Novice showmanship: 37

But it wasn’t just the Novice level that experienced large exhibitor numbers:

  • Senior trail: 74
  • Senior western riding: 44 
  • Green trail: 47 
  • Green western riding: 46 
  • Select amateur trail: 37 
  • Amateur showmanship: 24

The championship round, a clean-slate finals, offered every exhibitor who entered the ring that day the opportunity to be crowned the “Arizona Fall champion” and win an embroidered leather jacket. Thanks to great sponsors and supporters of the equine industry, many of the classes offered added money. To allow as many individuals the opportunity to win back their minimal $300 all-show fee, the show split the added money among the four judges and paid back on each judges’ placings.

All arenas were live fed to the Internet and each arena was equipped with a time-delay replay monitor for exhibitors to watch their runs – all part of the low fee. As always, the West World arenas and ground conditions were maintained to the highest standards. Exhibitors appreciated the rubber-matted stalls and the cleanliness of the facility. The new climate-controlled Equidome hosted many of the classes, as well as many of the country’s most popular vendors.

Next up for the Arizona Quarter Horse Association is the Sun Circuit, slated for January 25 - February 2 in Scottsdale.

Arizona Fall Championship Winners:

Trail
Novice youth – Rising Version and Kayla Bocanegra of Murietta, California
Youth – She Made It Happen and Cole Gower of Lloydminster, Alberta
Novice amateur – Rising Version and Kaitlin Bowen of Glendale, Arizona
Select amateur – RA Undisputed and Katherine Tobin of Scottsdale, Arizona
Amateur – Southwestern Gunman and Whitney Walquist-Vicars of Cleburne, Texas
Green – Bruce Vickery and A Classy Chex, owned by Teresa Kohman of Syracuse, Kansas
Junior – Chad Evans and Lets Shake Em Up, owned by Betty Watt of Wickenburg, Arizona
Senior – Chad Evans and Set To Blaze, owned by Mike and Melissa Nankervis of Golden, Colorado

Pleasure Driving
Junior – Kevin Dukes and Living Large, owned by Julie Marweg of De Pere, Wisconsin
Amateur – PR The Green Bay and Lin Johnson of Mesa, Arizona
Senior – Kevin Dukes and Skys Moon Pie, owned by Kathy C. Hunt of Clovis, California

Showmanship
Novice youth – Hotroddin Renegade and Jaleesa Caroccio of Bakersfield, California
Youth – Zippos Gold N Sonnet and Ashley Sioco of San Antonio
Novice amateur – Bellieve Hes Blazing and Jan Brown of Cameron Park, California
Select amateur – Bellieve Hes Blazing and Christine Hocutt-Senteney of Burbank, California
Amateur – Southwestern Gunman and Whitney Walquist-Vicars

Western Pleasure
Novice youth – HRZ Make Mine Gold and Gabriella Salamone of Scottsdale, Arizona
Youth – As Shes Walkin Away and Cole Gower
Green – Mike Hawkins and Got Some Hot Wheels, owned by Nancy Chapman of Somis, California
Novice amateur – Lopin For A Chex and Jeffrey Johns of Paradise Valley, Arizona
Select amateur – In My Sunday Best and Sheila Grissom of Seminole, Texas
Amateur – Love It In The Dark and Megan Hawkins of Ocala, Florida
Junior – Bob Kail and Movin The Chains, owned by Susan Johns of Paradise Valley, Arizona
Senior – Bob Kail and A Certain Luxury, owned by Lexi King of Los Gatos, California
3-Year-Old Non-Pro – Born N Style and Carey Nowacek of San Antonio

Horsemanship
Novice youth – Unique Alibi and Kyra Bouma of Choteau, Montana
Youth – Cool To Be Invited and Jamie Cook of Fort Collins, Colorado
Novice amateur – Zippers Optional and Allison Bradley of Lancaster, California
Amateur – Southwestern Gunman and Whitney Walquist-Vicars
Select Amateur – I Am Dressed Western and Darlene Schwab of Okotoks, Alberta

Ranch Pleasure
Youth – Central Park West and Charlotte Green of Desert Hot Springs, California
Amateur – Nimble Gun and Clay Dupray of Escondido, California
Open – Debbie Cooper and Double This Surprise, owned by Elizabeth Dawe of Scottsdale, Arizona

Hunter Under Saddle
Novice youth – Unique Alibi and Kyra Bouma
Youth – Al Be Sweet On You and Taylor Searles of Scottsdale, Arizona
Novice amateur – Beautiful Maiden and Alexandra Chavez of Paradise Valley, Arizona
Amateur – The Fire Escape and Lauren Rodberg of Dana Point, California
Select amateur – Blended Choclate and Kimberly Lloyd-Wright of Scottsdale, Arizona
Green – Elizabeth Knabenshue and Absolutely For Me, owned by Mary White of Flower Mound, Texas
Junior – Chelsea Carlson and Lastcallfour Alcohol, owned by Katherine Tobin
Senior – Stacy Huls and Blended Chocolate, owned by Kimberly Lloyd-Wright

Hunter Hack
Youth – Notaminute Too Soon and Reilly Medema of Parker, Colorado
Amateur – I Work The Crowd and Lisa Mays of Reno, Nevada
Open – Notaminute Too Soon and Reilly Medema

Hunt Seat Equitation
Novice youth – BMQ Decked In Chrome and Jaclyn Landers of Prescott, Arizona
Youth – Al Be Sweet On You and Taylor Searles
Novice amateur – Flashy Reality and Chelly Mae Mack of Redding, California
Amateur – Southwestern Gunman and Whitney Walquist-Vicars
Select amateur – Bellieve Hes Blazing and Christine Hocutt-Senteney

Western Riding
Novice youth – In Prinzziples Image and Chaney Lynne Getchell of Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Youth – Flashy Attraction and Taylor Searles
Novice amateur – Zippers Optional and Allison Bradley
Select amateur – Krymsun Moon and Shirlayne Kofu of San Jose, California
Amateur – Lopin For A Chex and Jeffrey Johns
Green – Kelly McDowall and Certain Advantage, owned by Cassandra Macarthur of Aurora, Colorado
Junior – Bruce Vickery and Strawberri Wine, owned by Jeremy Guthrie of Cameron, Ontario
Senior – Nancy Renfro and Elis A Sleepin, owned by Carol Thomsen of Nicolaus, California