AQHA World Show History: Highest Scores, Fastest Times

Do you remember these landmark performances from the AQHA World Championship Show?

The American Quarter Horse Journal

AQHA Professional Horseman Bruce Vickery and Signature Absolute set a new high score in junior trail last year – a 238.5. (Credit: K.C. Montgomery)

While AQHA world champions are crowned every year, it’s not all that often that a horse and its rider write their names in AQHA history for the highest score or fastest time in their event. For a feat such as that, these duos live in infamy … at least until the next all-star team lays it all on the line in Oklahoma City. 

Boxing*
Amateur – 2013, Mindy Barkemeyer and Dulce Smart Boomer, score of 443

Cutting
Amateur – 

  • 2000, Kyle Manion and Flickacat, 224 
  • 2002, Hollywood Nus Bar and Kyle Manion, 224
  • 2004, Travalin Bud and Tonni Braden, 224

Junior – 2002, Abrakadabracre and Ascension Banuelos, 227
Senior – 2011, Dont Look Twice and Phil Rapp, 229

Heading 
Amateur – 2011, Colonel C Lovey and John M. East, 228
Junior – 2008, Look At Her Glo and Bobby E. Lewis, 229.5
Senior – 2007, Sparking Train and J.D. Yates, 229 

 
Amateur – 2011, Apache Blue Boy and Mike Row, 228
Junior – 2002, Popular Resortfigure and J.D. Yates, 230.5
Senior – 2011, Sparkling Jackie and J.D. Yates, 232

Tie-Down Roping
Amateur – 2011, Bound To Whiz and Jim L. Bound, 227
Junior – 2011, Pink Jeans and J.D. Yates, 228.5
Senior – 2013, Meradas Money Gin and Roger Branch, 229.5

Ranch Riding*
Amateur – 2013, SF Check Me Out and Christy Brasier, 232
Junior – 2014, Smart And Angelic and Craig L. Johnson, 230.5
Senior – 2014, Rey Jay Boonsmal and Mozaun McKibben, 238

Reining
Amateur – 2010, Ricochet San and Carrie von Uhlit, 225.5
Junior – 2014, SG Frozen Enterprise and Andrea Fappani, 229.5
Senior – 2012, Whizkey N Diamonds and Shawn Flarida, 228.5

Trail***
Amateur –

  • 2012, Design By Leaguer and Caroline Rebecca Gunn, 238.5
  • 2014 (prelims), Ginnin and Caroline Ammons, 238.5

Junior – 2014, Signature Absolute and Bruce Vickery, 238.5
Senior (prelims) – 2014, Hours Yours And Mine and Jason Gilliam, 239.5 

Western Riding
Amateur – 2005, Vital Signs Are Good and Kristen N. Glover, 237.5
Junior – 

  • 2002, Investing Wisely and Robin Frid, 230.5
  • 2007, Potential Advantage and Jason Martin, 230.5

Senior – 2013, Ima Petite Classic and Charlie Cole, 240

Working Cow Horse
Amateur – 2013, Sir Rey Of Oak and Ashley Lembke, 443
Junior – 2011, A Shiner Named Sioux and Jay McLaughlin, 449.5
Senior – 2005, Matt Dillon Dun It and Todd Crawford, 451.5

*Boxing became a class in 2012. 
**Ranch horse pleasure became a scored class in 2013.
***Trail became a scored class in 2006

Barrel Racing
Amateur – 2013, Paris Firewater and Jennifer Marie Arnold, :16.008 seconds
Junior – 2008, Flyin Hi Firewater and Kelly Ann Yates, :15.997 seconds
Senior – 2013, Bars Sweet Legacy and Chad Crider, :15.857 seconds

Pole Bending
Amateur – 1997, A Sharp Nesian and Brannon Riley, :19.631 seconds
Junior – 2006, Go Man Of Honor and Edwin Cameron, :19.251 seconds
Senior – 1997, Little Berseem and Clint Crider, :19.324 seconds

Breakaway Roping
Amateur – 2012, HR Dun Charcoalin and Cody Glover, :01.487 seconds

Team Penning
Amateur – 2012, :19.891 seconds on three head*

  • Hybrows Tina Sparkle and Megan Walsh
  • Quixotes Dual Rey and Jordan Lesh
  • Highbrows Catmandoo and Sarah Ann Lesh

Open – 2012, :22.661 seconds on three head 

  • Smart Little Oh Cay and Sarah Ann Lesh
  • Max Docogold and Joel A. Lesh
  • Fletch A Jewel and Jordan Lesh

Ranch Sorting
Amateur – 2012, :47.829 seconds on 14 head*

  • Sprats Cat and Niki Saggione
  • Highbrows Catmandoo and Sarah Ann Lesh

Open – 2012, :42.:089 seconds on 10 head*

  • Bet On Kit and Jordan Lesh
  • Quixotes Dual Rey and Joel A. Lesh

Jumping
Amateur – 1997, Ferns Ruby and Raymond Coutley, :22.145 seconds/zero faults

*Indicates time from preliminary round. All others are from finals.