2018 Adequan® Select World Wrap Up

More than 20 first-time Select world champions took home golden globes at the 2018 Adequan® Select World Championship Show.

The American Quarter Horse Association

More than 640 horses and nearly 500 exhibitors competed in western, English and halter events with nearly 1,000 entries in these events.

That’s a wrap on the 2018 AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan). AQHA Select exhibitors from the United States, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica and Switzerland competed for 44 world championship titles August 24 - September 1 at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo.

More than 640 horses and nearly 500 exhibitors competed in western, English and halter events with nearly 1,000 entries in these events. In addition to Level 3 classes, the top three Super-Select and Adequan® Level 2 competitors were also recognized within each class.

This year, 23 first-time world champions were crowned. View The American Quarter Horse Journal’s “Journal Winning Run” interviews, starring the best Select riders in the world, and read a variety of stories from the show.

If you were unable to join us in Amarillo, or missed the free live webcast, brought to you by Boehringer Ingelheim, be sure to check out results at www.aqha.com/selectworld

Action at the Tri-State Fairgrounds continued outside of the arena, too! Exhibitors attended a welcome party, sponsored by Victor and Hannia Wolf and Ganadera Chomes; visited the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum during the much-anticipated Hall of Fame Party, sponsored by the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council and AQHA; and celebrated at two exhibitor parties – one sponsored by Markel and the other hosted by the Will Rogers Memorial Center and the city of Forth Worth. 

AQHA Professional Horsemen volunteered their time to give free Ride the Pattern clinics, presented by Nutrena. These clinics gave exhibitors and spectators the perfect opportunity to learn how AQHA Professional Horsemen would approach a specific 2018 Adequan® Select World class or pattern. Thanks in part to Nutrena’s generosity to match the amount donated at the Ride the Pattern clinics, the Professional Horsemen Crisis Fund raised more than $6,000, including $1,000 from a very generous exhibitor.  

Special Awards
The most prestigious award at the Adequan® Select World is the AQHA Select All-Around title. There were 51 contenders for that title this year. The AQHA Select All-Around Amateur is Jim Bound of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Bound showed the American Quarter Horse Bound To Be Dun, owned by JB Bound of Fort Atkinson. The 2008 red dun gelding, who is by Dun It Gotta Gun and out of Not Dun Cookin, was bred by Lisa Lubbert of Fort Atkinson. Bound and Bound To Be Dun earned 56.5 points. They earned the world champion titles in tie-down and heading, and placed third in stake race, breakaway and heeling. They received a prize package that included $10,000, an original Lisa Perry bronze, Impact Gel saddle pad and rose bouquet.

Read more about the top five Select all-around amateurs.

Seventy-seven Super-Select exhibitors were eligible for the Gene Graves Super-Select Special Recognition Award, an all-around title for exhibitors ages 70 and over. This year, Butch Morgan of Elbert, Colorado, and his American Quarter Horse SF Check Me Out took home the title by winning the world championship in heeling and reserve world championship in heading. SF Check Me Out is a 1999 bay gelding, who is by Look Whos Larkin and out of Katie Chex, bred by Steve Fleming of Comanche, Texas. Morgan and SF Check Me Out received a specially designed plaque for their accomplishment. 

The Nutrena Senior Athlete was also awarded to the exhibitor and horse pair that had the highest combined age competing at the Adequan® Select World. Susan Olson of Scottsdale, Arizona, and WW Lad were named the 2018 Nutrena Senior Athletes with a combined age of 103. The Nutrena Senior Athletes of the Show Award recognizes not only the exhibitors, but their equine partners. AQHA has proudly teamed with AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena on this award since 2012.

WW Lad, bred by Wayne Werner of Beaumont, Texas, is a 1988 gray gelding by Brights Lad and out of Chudej’s Mae by Chudej’s Dandy. The pair earned seventh-place in the stake race at the 2018 Adequan® Select World. WW Lad was also the oldest horse to compete at this year’s show.

The sorrel mare Glowin was named the top AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horse at the Adequan® Select World. Glowin and Douglas Pritchett of Amarillo, were the world champions in team penning and ranch sorting at the event. Glowin is by Shiver Shake and out of Sly Glo Return. The mare was bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Dick Cogdell of Tulia, Texas. As the owner of the top RHB-bred horse of the show, Pritchett received $250 and a specially designed trophy. As the breeder, Cogdell also received $250.

It was a bittersweet show for many competitors as this marked the 16th year for the Adequan® Select World at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo. The 2019, 2020 and 2021 shows will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

2019 Adequan® Select World
Qualifying points for the Adequan® Select World can be viewed under Competitor Resources at www.aqha.com/selectworld.

For more information on the Adequan® Select World, visit www.aqha.com/selectworld.

Adequan®,  the official equine joint therapy of AQHA, is a proud sponsor of the Adequan® Select World and the Adequan® Level 2 Championships. When you choose a joint therapy for your horses, choose Adequan®.

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