August 30, 2012
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2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show 10th Anniversary cake
AQHA started a division for amateur riders age 50 and over in 1997. That division ultimately became known as Select. And with 10,000 people in the United States turning 50 years old every day, it’s no wonder that Select is the fastest-growing segment of AQHA’s membership!
In 2003, AQHA launched a new world championship event exclusively for amateur exhibitors 50 and older. Known as the Select World Championship Show, that inaugural year saw 307 entries for the entire show. This year, that figure ballooned by more than 300 hundred percent, with 1,273 entries vying for more than 43 coveted world champion titles and more than $500,000 in cash and awards!
At the 2012 Adequan Select World Barn Party on Wednesday, August 29, AQHA honored the exhibitors who have shown at every year of the Select World. There are 19 exhibitors who have exhibited at all 10 Select World Shows. An additional four exhibitors have attended every Select World Show since halter was added in 2004. Michael Gaughan's South Point Arena and Equestrian Center sponsored the Barn Party event.
All of these exhibitors' names were also put into a drawing for a 100X Shorty’s Caboy Hat, and Katherine Tobin of Scottsdale, Arizona, won the hat.
Exhibitors who have shown at all 10 years of the Select World:
Rick Adkins, Laurel, Nebraska
Ronnie Austin, Ringling, Oklahoma
Farley Barbera, Southern Pines, North Carolina
Sydna Bass, Leona, Texas
Marcia Cribbs, Torrance, California
Paul Gonya, Purcell, Oklahoma
Janis Greenland, Hastings, Nebraska
Bruce Hasbrouck, Titusville, Pennsylvania
Ronnie Kent, Graceville, Florida
Don Lehman, Ontario, California
Butch Morgan, Elbert, Colorado
Roger Olson, Scottsdale, Arizona
Diane Pilant, Loveland, Colorado
Linda Sargent, Eustis, Florida
Anne Simmons, Pell City, Alabama
Nickey Smith, Franklinton, Louisiana
M.A. "Dr. Tommy" Thomas Jr., College Station, Texas
Katherine Tobin, Scottsdale, Arizona
Exhibitors Who Have Attended Every Select World Show Since Halter Was Added in 2004:
JoAnn Hicks, Friendswood, Texas
Ina Ginsberg, Carefree, Arizona
Dorn Parkinson, Prescott, Arizona
Gary Wanzek, Wittmann, Arizona
Trade Show Exhibitors That Have Been Here All 10 years:
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Also, our cattle for all of the cattle classes have been provided by Bar G Feedyard and AQHA Second Vice President Johnny Trotter.
And a special thanks to all of our AQHA corporate partners that make the Adequan Select World and many AQHA events possible: Adequan, B&W Trailer Hitches, John Deere, Markel Insurance, Merial and SmartPak.