Livin' Large at the LQHA Crawfish Classic

Browse through photos, plus all-around and high-point results from May 1-3 at the Louisiana Quarter Horse Association circuit.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Emily Peak and Islehava Mocha Latte competed in a variety of classes at the LQHA Crawfish Classic en route to the open all-around and high-point western horse titles: reining, ranch riding, barrel racing, performance halter and trail. (Credit: Sally Blackwell Photography) Scroll down to view more photos.

Four AQHA shows were packed into the May 1-3 weekend in Folsom at the Louisiana Quarter Horse Association's Crawfish Classic. As whimsical as the show sounds, it really was a hotspot of intense competition, with circuit winners awarded for every class. 

Will Knabenshue, Jason Smith, Chris Jones and Curtis Reynolds were on hand to judge, and one of the major draws was the $200 all-inclusive fee for open and amateur competitors, while youth enjoyed the $100 rate. To sweeten the pot, the show was also approved by the Mississippi and North West Florida Quarter Horse associations.

Since the show coincided with the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, a definite Crawfish Classic highlight was the Kentucky Derby walk-trot class, which saw Aulyssa Wiggins as the youth champion, winning $75, and Tara Schmidt as the amateur champion, also winning $75.

The American Quarter Horse Journal congratulates the following all-around and high-point champions from the LQHA Crawfish Classic:

Open
Emily Peak of Stapleton, Alabama, riding Islehava Mocha Latte, a 2004 bay roan gelding (HQH Cuttin Snip-Quincey Page Lee by Blueboy Quincy)

Amateur/Level 1 Amateur
Erin Brack of Niceville, Florida, riding No Doubt Im Somethin, a 2011 bay roan gelding (No Doubt Im Lazy-Coosa Peach by Coosa Lad)

Select Amateur
Donna Beech of Grand Bay, Alabama, riding Mr Hot Investment, a 2003 bay gelding (Zipsgrand Investment-Simplysomethingelse by Simply Hot)

Youth all-around champions McAuley Ross and A Timely Version

Youth
McAuley Ross of Madison, Mississippi, riding A Timely Version, a 2001 bay gelding (Good Version-Docs Lil Misty Time by Scotch Bar Time)

Level 1 Youth
Stella Cummings of Meridian, Mississippi, riding Leaguers Sweet Sugar, a 2000 chestnut gelding (KCees Lethal Weapon-Im A Sugar Baby by Im A Big Leaguer)

Small-Fry
Hadley Ware of Jackson, Mississippi, riding Star Studded Zipper, a 2000 bay mare (Zippotino-My Mighty Star by Mighty Felix)

High-Point English Horse
No Doubt Im Somethin, owned by Erin Brack

High-Point Western Horse
Islehava Mocha Latte, owned by Emily Peak

High-Point Halter Mare
Lookin For Romance, a 2011 buckskin mare (Acoolest-Bob Bob Barann by What About Mr Bob), shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Jarrell Jackson for owner Suzonne Franks of Cisco, Texas,

High-Point Halter Gelding
Retrabution, a 2011 chestnut gelding (CRS Gold Nugget-Cool Sports Model), shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Jarrell Jackson for owner Suzonne Franks

High-Point Performance Halter Mare
Suddenlee Single, a 2010 bay mare (A Touch Of Sudden-Potential Advantage by Potential Investment), owned by Brittany Bevis of Providence Villa, Texas

High-Point Performance Halter Gelding
Chipin Tiger Leo, a 2006 sorrel gelding (Chipin-Maker Love by Ironmaker), owned by Annette Norris of Tylertown, Mississippi

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