A Judge’s Perspective: Heading

AQHA Judge Bill Enk dissects the 2016 AQHA senior heading championship run.

Little Bunny Fou Fou and AQHA Professional Horseman Brad Lund came out on top at the 2016 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in senior heading.

In the video above, Bill Enk, who judged the finals at the 2016 Lucas Oil World, dissects Brad’s winning run. Watch Brad’s winning run, then scroll down to read why the AQHA judges found this go worthy of a gold trophy.

In the Box

Enk: “This horse is judged in the box the same way as the tie-down roping. We want to see them walk in calmly, turn around, [and] show us their horse. Some ropers will stay in there longer, turn them around with a loose rein, and show us their horse. Try and earn credit in there and give us a reason to stand behind them on the credit.

“The steer is moving around, which is difficult, [yet] his horse is calm. He’s showing us his horse; this is important for a judge to recognize the degree of difficulty he’s showing. It’s all credit-earning at this point.”

Out of the Box

“Breaks good, runs up [and] rates on a loose rein. He gets a good, strong hold of that steer, and finishes with a real good face, straight across from his healer. Everything is credit-earning in this run.”