Latin American Championships: April 23
Get an insider’s look at the popular event happening in Brazil.
By Fitz Ramirez and Amy McLean | April 22, 2015
The American Quarter Horse Association is proud to host the fourth annual Latin American Championships in Avaré, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event is open to all AQHA members in good standing who reside in or are citizens of Latin America. The LAC is host to more than 5,000 entries competing in three shows in one week. The exhibitors are showing in multiple events from halter, western pleasure, barrel racing, cutting and team roping to name a few.
This year’s theme, “Por Tu Honor, Por Tu Patria, Por Tu Campeonato,” means “For Your Honor, Your Country, Your Championship” and highlights the reasons AQHA Hispanic members like to compete.
As you stroll through the equestrian venue, it’s filled with energy from competitors displaying honor, pride, passion and commitment to showing their American Quarter Horses. Everywhere you turn, you see competitors preparing and tending to their Quarter Horse companions or relaxing after a long and exciting day of competing by camping out in their trailers or tents set up outside; sleeping on the grass; firing up the grill with steaks. Exhibitors enjoy simple pleasures surrounding a full day of competition, hugs, nerves, horse sweat and excitement at the LAC.
Prior to the show beginning in one of the three arenas, it’s not uncommon to witness a competition blessing, where hats are removed; a cross is held and kissed for good luck. At the LAC, exhibitors are not only competing for beautiful Montana Silversmith buckles, medallions and titles but for an invitation to compete at the 2015 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, a dream of horsemen and women around the world!
One of these competitors competing for such a coveted invitation is a young man named Ralph Bicudo Annicchino, a proud member of AQHA, with a heart of gold for the Quarter Horse. Last year, Annicchino won an invitation from the LAC and to attend the World Show. He leased and competed on Chex Are Cashin at the World Show in open and amatuer ranch sorting; he was thrilled and more than ready. Not only was it important for him to represent his family, but it was an honor to represent his home country, Brazil.
Ralph is the true meaning of Por Tu Honor, Por Tu Patria, Por Tu Campeonato!
Check out daily photos of the LAC on the AQHA en Espanol Facebook page.