Inaugural IQHA Shamrock Shuffle Is A Hit

See who captured high-point titles and bested nearly 4,400 total entries March 12-15 in Cloverdale, Indiana.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Mark Harrell Horse Shows estimated 130 showmanship runs on Saturday alone at the inaugural IQHA Shamrock Shuffle in Cloverdale. (Credit: courtesy of IQHA)

Herds of exhibitors and their horses turned out for the Indiana Quarter Horse Association’s first show of the year, the Shamrock Shuffle March 12-15 in Cloverdale, Indiana, managed by Mark Harrell Horse Shows

The four-judge show clocked in with nearly 4,400 total entries – all divisions, all judges. In addition to AQHA classes, the Shamrock Shuffle also offered classes approved by the National Snaffle Bit Association.

The Shamrock Shuffle is actually a new event to the IQHA line-up, and while the affiliate expected a healthy number of entries for this first-time event, IQHA was amazed at the overwhelming response, said show chair Lisa Aerne. 

Level 1 and youth classes showed some particularly large numbers. Some highlights include:

  • Youth 14-18 showmanship: Show 1 – 31; Show 2 – 31
  • Level 1 youth showmanship: Show 1 – 34; Show 2 – 34
  • Level 1 amateur horsemanship: Show 1 – 24; Show 2 – 23
  • Level 1 youth horsemanship: Show 1 – 28; Show 2 – 34
  • Level 1 amateur western pleasure: Show 1 – 21; Show 2 – 23
  • Youth hunter under saddle: Show 1 – 29; Show 2 – 26
  • Youth hunt seat equitation: Show 1 – 29; Show 2 – 25
  • Senior trail: Show 1 – 28; Show 2 – 23

Access the full results from IQHA Shamrock Shuffle

Camaraderie was evident at the Shamrock Shuffle, especially as the youth members organized a pie-in-the-face fundraiser in honor of IQHA member Kiley Marschand of Atlanta, Indiana, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The fundraiser will carry over to the IQHA Youth Show, April 23-26 in Cloverdale, and fund raised with go to the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.

The American Quarter Horse Journal congratulates the following 2015 IQHA Shamrock Shuffle high-point winners:

Open 
Champion – Hes Pretty Good, a 1999 red roan gelding (Zippos Mr Good Bar-Im Pretty Primo), owned by Kelly Birkenholtz of Newton, Iowa
Reserve – Cool Lookin Moonie, a 2011 bay mare (Only In The Moonlite-Cool Lookin Lady by Dont Skip Zip), owned by Katie Bussing of Evansville, Indiana

Level 1 Amateur
Champion – MWS Flashn My Jacks, a 2004 sorrel gelding (Seven S Flashzipper-Ima Pretty Jackie by Rodeo Jack), shown by Kari Jewell of Walcott, Iowa
Reserve – Dun So Good, a 2009 dun gelding (A Good Machine-Dundoublezipped by Up Standing Zipper), shown by Gabrielle Stringer of Greenfield, Indiana

Amateur 
Champion – Dancing Western, a 2002 bay gelding (Dress Western-Zippos Gold Laces by Zippos Old Gold), shown by Rachel Kolb of Lebanon, Ohio
Reserve – Essentially Good, a 2010 bay gelding (Lazy Loper-In Essence by Hot Impulse), shown by Hailey Thornton of Mishawaka, Indiana

Select Amateur (tied/broke tie) 
Champion – Check This Machine, a 2003 sorrel gelding (A Good Machine-Skippers Peach by Skipa Check), shown by Kimberly Best of Salem, Ohio
Reserve – Riding The Range, a 2010 sorrel gelding (Openrange-Only A Step Away by Gucci Only), shown by Janet Egolf of Rochester, Indiana

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Level 1 Youth 
Champion – Gota Lota Lace, a 2003 bay mare (Gota Lota Potential-Iron N Lace by Iron Rebel), shown by Grace Ann Himes of Bristol Indiana
Reserve – Just My Lexus, a 2010 bay gelding (Just Me Only-Leaguers Lexus by Speedy Leaguer), shown by Sydney Danis of Edwardsburg, Michigan

Youth 13-&-under
Champion – Too Lazy To Zip, a 2009 bay gelding (Lazy Loper-A Good Hobby by Zippos Mr Good Bar), shown by Lauren Carnahan of Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Reserve – Gota Lota Lace, shown by Gracie Himes

Youth 14 -18 
Champion – Zips Bossy Chip, a 2008 bay mare (UK Mito Boss-Suzies Fancy Chip by Jessies Fancy Chip), shown by Ellexxah Maxwell of West Mansfield, Ohio
Reserve – Moonlight Rodder, a 2011 sorrel gelding (Only In The Moonlite-Hot Roddin Vickie by Radical Rodder), shown by Jordan Gates of Wooster, Ohio

Small-Fry 
Champion – Hes Suddenly Handsom, a 2008 bay gelding (RL Best Of Sudden-Shethinkshesomething by Good Version), shown by Emma Grace Gore of Mount Vernon, Ohio
Reserve – Genuine Sheik, a 1999 bay gelding (Zippos Sheik-Genuine Minx by Brown Sugar Minx), shown by Allyssa Dawn Paul of Xenia, Ohio