AQHA International Best Remuda

La Media Suerte earns inaugural AQHA International Best Remuda Award.

American Quarter Horse Association

The inaugural winner is the Uruguayan ranch La Media Suerte, which is owned by Alvaro Martinicorena. (Journal photo)

Since 1992, the American Quarter Horse Association has honored the contributions ranch horses have made to the heritage of the American Quarter Horse by presenting the AQHA Best Remuda Award to honor a ranch for raising outstanding ranch horses. This year, AQHA also awards the inaugural AQHA International Best Remuda Award to recognize an outstanding international ranch remuda composed of registered American Quarter Horses.

The inaugural winner is the Uruguayan ranch La Media Suerte, which is owned by Alvaro Martinicorena.

The ranch name translates literally as “the half luck,” and indicates a colonial measurement – a “luck” of land grant was 2,000 hectares; so a 1,000 hectare half luck is approximately 2,500 acres, but it serves as the family’s inside joke. On the rich land in Uruguay, La Media Suerte runs mostly Hereford and Angus cattle on its several hundred thousand acres, as well as a remuda of American Quarter Horses it has cultivated for more than 30 years.

“The American Quarter Horse has long been recognized as the ideal partner in ranching, within the United States and worldwide,” said AQHA Chief International Officer Anna Morrison. “It is a great honor to recognize the high quality ranch breeding programs raising working American Quarter Horses outside of the United States for the first time with their own award. It is fitting that the first recipient of the AQHA International Best Remuda award is Uruguay’s La Media Suerte – a diversified ranching operation with generations of family history, as well as generations of quality American Quarter Horse bloodlines.”

Martinicorena has been very involved in both his local AQHA affiliate, as well as international relations; he is an AQHA international director, a judge, a member of the AQHA International Committee and is very involved with educational seminars in South America.

To qualify for the AQHA International Best Remuda award, the ranch must be located outside of the United States, and the AQHA member must breed registered American Quarter Horses for ranch work.

La Media Suerte will receive a specially designed award presented at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo, November 7-11 in Amarillo. The AQHA International Best Remuda will also be recognized at the 2019 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth, and the ranch will be featured in November 2018 American Quarter Horse Journal.

The Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda will be announced in August. View more information or apply for the Best Remuda Award.

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