Good Times at the RMQHA Gold Rush Circuit
See who came out on top of nearly 4,000 entries March 25-29 to win high-point titles in Denver.
By Renee Elkins, show manager | April 1, 2015
Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal
Good horses, good people and good weather easily describe the success of the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association Gold Rush Circuit in Denver March 25-29.
The National Western Stock Show Complex in Denver hosts five of the major AQHA circuits in the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association lineup and the National Western staff works closely with the professional show management team of Excel Associates to provide a desirable facility and make sure the facilities and ground is in order for the exhibitors to compete.
Wednesday and Thursday began with more than 130 reining runs each day. AQHA Professional Horseman and reining exhibitor Shane Brown pronounced the arena ground as “great,” enabling the reining horses to execute their patterns in great form.
Ranch riding classes continue to be successful with the number of gos reaching 80 on Thursday.
The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Youth Association sponsored a Chile Cookoff Contest with more than 20 pots of delicious chile recipes, which is always a lot of fun. Prizes were awarded for the Best Green, Best Red and Best Vegetarian recipes.
RMQHA is known for its trail and western riding excellence, and exhibitors proceeded to put up some high scores Saturday. Due to lack of time and space availability, multiple trail patterns are set with exhibitors switching back and forth to cover both courses for several hours. The cooperation, coordination and timeliness as exhibitors and horses change back and forth between divisions and horses is something to behold.
Several states were represented and the show boasted almost 4,000 entries.
RMQHA approves more than 50 shows and special events each year and welcomes exhibitors to join us throughout the year at any of our shows. You can check out our schedule and other activities, including Quarter Horse racing, at www.rmqha.com or www.excelshows.com.
The American Quarter Horse Journal congratulates the following RMQHA Gold Rush Circuit high-point winners:
Level 1 (Green) Horse
RR Always Invited, a 2006 brown gelding (Invitation Only-Forever Zipped by Zippo Pine Bar), owned by Bill Baskin and Susan Blackburn of Batavia, New York
The Immortal, a 2005 brown stallion (Invitation Only-Zippo By Moonlight by Zippo Pine Bar), owned by Tom and Leslie Lange of Greeley, Colorado
Level 1 Amateur
AGR Zippin Wisely, a 2007 bay gleding (Investing Wisely-Ill Be Zipped by Zippin), owned and shown by Melissa Turner of Castle Rock, Colorado
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Invest Ina Machine, a 1999 bay gelding (A Good Machine-A Rosie Investment by Investers Choice), owned and shown by Christina Szabados of Louisville, Colorado
Bellieve Hes Blazing, a 1998 brown gelding (Blazing Hot-Bell Of The Barn by Have Gone), owned, shown and bred by Christine Hocutt-Senteney of Burbank, California
Level 1 Youth
Invite Me To Paris, a 2008 sorrel mare (Invitation Only-Romancing The Gold by Zippos Old Gold), owned by Robert and April Philley, shown by and Emma Phinney of Denver
Certainly Suited, a 2006 sorrel gelding (Certain Potential-Dotevita by Zippo Jack Bar), owned and shown by Michelle Patin of Healdsburg, California
Only Temptation, a 2010 gray gelding (Invitation Only-Goodbars Glamourgirl by Zippos Mr Good Bar), owned and shown by Emily Maul of Fort Collins, Colorado