AQHA Region Two Championship


Saddle up and make plans now to attend to the upcoming American Quarter Horse Association Region Two Championship Show and AQHA shows in Rapid City, South Dakota. Bring your horse and join in on a fun and exciting way to meet new people, achieve personal goals, and earn prizes while showing your American Quarter Horse!

This year’s Region Two Championship Show will be held September 20-23, 2012, at the Central States Fairgrounds. Exhibitors from Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alberta and Saskatchewan are all invited to compete at this championship event. Classes feature novice youth, novice amateur, youth, amateur, select amateur and open competition with more than $100,000 in total prizes and awards. Make your plans and enter before September 10, 2012, to avoid late fees.

This year, the championship show will be combined with two AQHA-approved shows.

Exhibitors from all states and with world champion shows eligibility are invited to attend these shows. In the individual events the Regional Championship classes and the pointed classes will run concurrently and in any class judged on the rail the classes will run separately. Working Cowhorse, Roping, Speed Events, and Ranch Sorting will be held on Thursday, Sept 20. Reining and Trail will be held on Friday September 21; halter, showmanship, hunter under saddle, and hunt seat equitation classes will be held Saturday, September 22; and Western Pleasure, Western Riding and Western Horsemanship classes will conclude the show on September 23. Complete class schedules and an entry form for the Regional Championship Show are available online at and you can follow the show on Facebook. Please reserve hotel rooms by September 10, 2012 now to ensure a room is available. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Howard Johnson Hotel at a rate of $65/night. Staying at the host hotel also helps Region 2 Show with sponsorships.

New this year – exhibitors placing in the top ten in any novice class will be eligible for the 2013 AQHA Novice Championship Show. If a novice class is not held for a certain class, points and placing from the corresponding youth or amateur class will also be qualifying.

Special events planned include a Wrangler Clinic Thursday, September 20, 2012 and an ice cream social sponsored by Mike and Ruth Gates. Small Fry classes for ages 10 and under will be held with an All Around Champion and Reserve Champion selected. Walk-trot and Lead Line classes will also be held.

There are still opportunities to sponsor a class, advertise in the program, or present your wares in the trade show. Please consult the website for these opportunities.

Find details and show information at or contact JO Waldner at 605.693.3820 or at [email protected] .

AQHA Youth World Cup Report


Canada's AQHYA World Cup team members.

Canada’s AQHYA World Cup team members back row from left to right: Della Cryderman, Stefanie Lepp, Brittany Ruecker, Amanda Daly, Haley Stradling, Laura Anne Berensci, Quinn Brandt, Karen Westerback, Megan Daly, Carly Epp. Front row: Rianna Storey, Joannie Backes  – Photo courtesy of Jessie Godin

Canada was one of 15 countries which recently participated at the 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup, held July 21 to 29, in Kreuth, Germany.

The Canadian team scored four gold and two bronze individual medals. Championship buckles were won in the cutting and hunt seat equitation events. One team member also claimed trophy spurs for the title of overall Reserve High Point Rider with 58 points. ‘The Right Luke’, donated by Chloe Shaw-Jackson, drawn by Team Canada and ridden by several team members, was the Reserve High Point Horse of YWC 2012 earning 51 overall points.

Team Canada finished in fourth place, with 98 total points. Team Italy was first with 144 points; Team Germany was second with 134 points; Team New Zealand was third with 110 points; and Team USA was fifth with 92 points.

AQHA Youth World Cup & Team Canada Background: 

A major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is to co-ordinate and field a team to represent Canada at biennial American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup competitions. These competitions are educational, leadership-based events for youth members from around the world, culminating in showcasing skills learned in an atmosphere of friendly competition.

Each participating country is eligible to select up to five competing riders, two alternate riders and three non-competing youth (leadership members). The host country provides a pool of horses of various ability levels, which are subsequently grouped into lots of five horses each. During the opening ceremonies, teams draw to determine their assigned group of five horses. Teams then designate riders to compete in Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Showmanship, Trail; Reining; and Cutting classes. Points earned by placing in the top ten of each class are tabulated to determine the overall team placings. Two sets of medals are awarded to the top ten exhibitors in each class – one per judge, per show day.

Team selection criteria are determined by each participating country, as is the method of funding team fees and travel expenses. Team Canada members are chosen from applications submitted to the CQHA Youth World Cup Committee based on selection criteria for each biennial event and is published on the CQHA’s website. Funding for Team Canada fees and travel expenses is cost-shared by AQHA/CQHA, provincial/regional Quarter Horse Associations, CQHA affiliate disciplines, corporate and/or individual sponsors, and team members’ families.

The 2012 Team Canada five competing riders placed as follows: 

Joannie Backes Carlsbad Springs, ON

  • Hunter Under Saddle – 5th in Show #1; 9th in Show #2
  • Hunt Seat Equitation – 7th in Show #2

Quinn Brandt Steinbach, MB

  • Western Horsemanship – 4th in Show #1

Carly Epp  Caledon, ON

  • Western Pleasure – 10th in Show #1

Rianna Storey  Cambridge, ON

  • Showmanship – BRONZE MEDAL in Show #1
  • Western Riding – 4th in Show #2
  • Hunter Under Saddle – BRONZE MEDAL in Show #1; 5th in Show #2
  • Hunt Seat Equitation – GOLD MEDAL in Show #1; and
  • GOLD MEDAL in Show #2 = HSE  Championship Trophy Buckle
  • Reserve Champion High Point Rider YWC 2012 earning 58 overall points (received set of trophy spurs)

Haley Stradling Aldergrove, BC

  • Cutting: GOLD MEDAL in Show #1, and GOLD MEDAL in Show #2 = Cutting Championship Trophy Buckle

The 2012 Team Canada alternate riders were:  Amanda Daly, Pritchard, BC, and Stefanie Lepp, Rivers, MB

The 2012 Team Canada leadership members were: Laura Anne Berensci, Paris, ON, Megan Daly, Pritchard, BC, and Brittany Ruecker, Balcarres, SK

The 2012 Team Canada Coach and Team Manager were: Coach Della Cryderman, Murillo, ON and Manager Karen Westerback,Thunder Bay, ON.

The CQHA Board of Directors congratulates the entire 2012 youth team, coach and manager and their support groups both on site and back at home for their cumulative efforts. You were great ambassadors for Canada and we are very proud of all of you!

For more photos and congratulatory Facebook postings, visit Team Canada’s FB (Public Group) page!/groups/194707480629380/

And/or CQHA’s own FB page!/

SQHA Welcomes Youth Members


Vienna Ruecker and her horse, Investment By Cooke were the High Point Grassroots winners in 2011.

Are you a youth, 18 years of age or younger, who loves showing your horse and would like to meet new people? If that’s you, the Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association (SQHA) Grassroots program is for you.

The Grassroots program was created several years ago to provide youth with an opportunity to get an introduction into showing in a fun, affordable way. These classes are open to all breeds, registered or not, and are a great way to learn about showing, experience the atmosphere and win some fantastic prizes. Five Grassroots classes are offered at both of the SQHA circuits, including Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship and Trail, and entry fees are only $3 per class (stall fees apply).

In addition, Grassroots competitors with an SQHA membership will qualify for year-end high point awards. There are also circuit awards each time you show, and we are working on gathering some great additional prizes, so stay tuned!

If you have an AQHA registered Quarter Horse, you can also compete in the Novice Youth classes at the shows and gain even more experience. We offer Novice Youth classes in Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Trail, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation.

Being part of the Grassroots program means you can take part in the fun activities put on by the SQHYA. There is a youth meeting planned for May 19 during our Band City Show at 6:00 p.m. in the Corral Room at the Golden Mile Arena in Moose Jaw. The meeting will be followed by a waterslide party at the Prairie Oasis, so be sure to bring your swim gear.

The 2012 circuits include the Band City Show on May 18 – 21, 2012 and the Summer Slide N Celebration on June 12 – 15, 2012. Both shows are held at the Golden Mile Arena, Moose Jaw, SK. Visit to see the show bills. For more information, contact Marlene Monvoisin, SQHA Director and Youth Advisor at 306-648-3634 or e-mail [email protected].

Top Canuck Quarter Horses

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is pleased to recognize the following 2010 High Point Canadian Quarter Horse owners and the High Point Canadian-bred Quarter Horse, based on results provided by AQHA. CQHA Certificates of Achievement will be awarded in the followng five categories and recognized on the CQHA website.

These High Point Winners include:

There Goes My Zipper

The High Point Canadian-bred Quarter Horse: There Goes My Zipper

The 2001 sorrel gelding There Goes My Zipper, owned by Lexi Nicole Demel, Hoisington, Kansas, earned a total of 215.5 AQHA points (in Open, Amateur, and Youth Divisions) during the 2010 show year. There Goes My Zipper was bred by Kelly and Ruby Stuart of Eriksdale, Manitoba, sired by Mr. Hollywood Zipper and out of Seven J Otoes Okie (by Winchester). Highlights of the gelding’s show career in 2010 include:

  • • 9th place – 2010 AQHA High Point Amateur Trail and 2010 AQHA High Point Amateur Western Horsemanship;
  • • 12th place – Amateur Showmanship & 13th place – Amateur Trail; and qualified in Amateur Western Horsemanship at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show;
  • • Earned AQHA Superior Awards in Trail, Showmanship, and Western Horsemanship;
  • • Earned an AQHA Performance Championship;
  • • Champion Amateur Horsemanship – All Ages at the 2010 Rebud Spectacular;
  • • Earned $590.73 at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show ;
  • • Lifetime AQHA Incentive Fund earnings: $10,668.14, and lifetime NSBA earnings: $408.25
My Bowtie Affair

The High Point Canadian-owned Open Division Horse: My Bowtie Affair

The 2003 bay mare My Bowtie Affair, owned by Debbie Salmon of Lacombe, Alberta, earned a total of 52 AQHA points during the 2010 show year. My Bowtie Affair is sired by Lopin Slow and out of Shes Got Drive (by Zee Zee Zip), and was bred by Gary M. Melnick, Sultan, WA. Highlights of the mare’s show career in 2010 include:

  • • 8th place – 2010 High Point Open Senior Green Trail;
  • • Earned an AQHA Superior Award in Green Trail;
  • • Lifetime AQHA Incentive Fund earnings: $2,371.37 and lifetime NSBA earnings: $1,915.72
Hot Roddin Minute

The High Point Canadian-owned Amateur Division Horse: Hot Roddin Minute

The 2005 bay gelding Hot Roddin Minute, owned by Anita Newbigging of Ingersoll, Ontario, earned a total of 86.5 AQHA points during the 2010 show year. Hot Roddin Minute is sired by Do You Have A Minute, and out of Hot Rod Lincoln QH (by Hotrodders Jet Set), and was bred by KDR Quarter Horses of Bradenton, FL. Highlights of the gelding’s show career in 2010 include:

  • • Qualified for 2010 AQHA World Championship Show in Amateur Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Seat Equitation;
  • • Lifetime AQHA Incentive Fund earnings: $5,261.66 and lifetime NSBA earnings: $276.65
Mr Made Good

The High Point Canadian-owned Select Amateur Division Horse: Mr Made Good

The 2007 bay gelding Mr Made Good, owned by Sherry Newbigging of Cambridge, Ontario, earned a total of 87.5 AQHA points during the 2010 show year. Mr Made Good is sired by Good Commodity, and out of He Made A Good One (by Mr. Recommendation), and was bred by Kevin Bridgeman of Binscarth, Manitoba. Highlights of the gelding’s 2010 show career include:

  • • 4th place – 2010 High Point Select Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation;
  • • Qualified for the 2010 AQHA World Show in Amateur Showmanship, Amateur Performance Halter Gelding, Select Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation, Select Amateur Showmanship, and Select Amateur Performance Halter Gelding;
  • • Earned an AQHA Halter Register of Merit;
  • • Lifetime AQHA Incentive Fund earnings: $2,484.93
Lopin In The Sky

The High Point Canadian-owned Youth Division Horse: Lopin In The Sky

The 1999 brown gelding Lopin In The Sky, owned by Rianna Storey of Cambridge, Ontario, earned a total of 132.5 AQHA points during the 2010 show year. Lopin In The Sky is sired by Skys Blue Boy and out of Kelsanna (by Kelssy’s Lad TB), and was bred by James & Debbie Glover of Bixby, OK. Highlights of the gelding’s 2010 show career include:

  • • Earned AQHA Youth Superior Awards in Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunter Under Saddle;
  • • Qualified for the 2010 AQHA World Show in Youth Hunter Under Saddle and Youth Hunt Seat Equitation;
  • • Earned Region 4 Championships in Open Senior Hunter Under Saddle, Youth Showmanship 14-18, Youth Western Horsemanship 14-18, Youth Hunter Under Saddle 14-18, and Youth Hunt Seat Equitation 14-18;
  • • Lifetime AQHA Incentive Fund earnings: $13,435.28; lifetime AQHA World Championship show earnings: $5,290.41 and lifetime NSBA earnings: $778.39

The CQHA will be similarly recognizing the 2011 High Point High Point Canadian Quarter Horse owners and the High Point Canadian-bred Quarter Horse, based on results provided by AQHA.

Canadian Quarter Horse Association Appoints 2012 Youth Team Members

Canadian AQHA
Germany will be the host country for the next biennial American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth World Cup to be held in Kreuth, from July 21-29, 2012. This event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized world wide. It is a major initiative of the CQHA to field a youth team for this competition which is held every two years.

The CQHA Youth World up Committee is pleased to announce that it has chosen ten qualified youth participants from all across Canada, for Team Canada 2012.

For more information regarding the Canadian Quarter Horse Association, including Team Canada’s participation at the 2012 AQHA Youth World Cup, visit the CQHA web site and check out the Youth World Cup links.

Joannie Backes

Joannie Backes

Joannie, an 18-year-old from Carlsbad Springs, Ontario, started showing horses when she was just five. She has had the advantage of riding a wide variety of young horses, many of which were raised by her family. She has also had the fortune of showing numerous Quarter Horses in many events since 2007. Over the past couple of years, Joannie has achieved awards including being a semi-finalist and a finalist at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, numerous regional top ten finishes, earning an OQHA Supreme Championship, earning her AQHA Youth Championship, and receiving many AQHA , OQHA and EOQHA year-end high point awards. When not in the show pen, Joannie is busy breaking and training horses that are being raised on her family farm. She has enjoyed volunteering with the Take a Horse to School program (in connection with the Children’s Wish Foundation) and with her area Quarter Horse association. While enjoying activities such as hip hop dance, and swimming, her true passion is horses. Joannie looks forward to bringing her skills and experience to Team Canada as she rides for her country in Germany.

Quinn Brandt

Quinn Brandt

Quinn is a 15-year-old from Steinbach, Manitoba. She started riding lessons at the age of five and has been involved with horses ever since. Quinn became involved in 4-H at a young age and has since shown dressage and jumping and has grown to be a top competitor in the Quarter Horse circuits in the all-round events. Her skill in the show ring has been recognized with numerous open and youth Manitoba year end awards, winning the top Youth Exhibitor at the 2011 Manitoba 50/50 Futurity as well as being a Canadian National Champion and Reserve Champion.Quinn is active in her community. She enjoys a wide variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, badminton and ringette. When not competing in school sports, Quinn is often found volunteering for the other school teams or helping at one of the school sponsored volunteer events. Quinn has also spent time volunteering with her local 4H and at events sponsored by her church. Quinn’s strong leadership skills and her dedication to all that she does makes Quinn an ideal member of Team Canada.

Carly Epp

Carly Epp

Carly is 18-years-old and from Caledon, Ontario. She has been riding since the age of six. By the age of ten, her parents bought her first horse and she staring competing at the open shows. Shortly after, Carly got her second horse when she was 14 years old and started competing competitively. In this short period of time, Carly has been very successful in competing in both English and Western events. Carly has placed in the top 10 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, was tied for Ontario Rookie of the Year (2010) and received many reserve and champion area year-end awards. Carly’s horse showing success has carried over into other areas of her school life as well, where she has received many academic achievement awards. Carly has also found the time to volunteer by tutoring other students, participating in studies at The Hospital for Sick Children, assisting with school orientations, and helping out at Brownie Camps. Carly is looking forward to the experience of a lifetime: representing Team Canada at the 2012 Youth World Cup.

Rianna Storey

Rianna Storey

Rianna returns to Team Canada for the 2012 Youth World Cup. She was a rider for Team Canada at the2010 Youth World Cup and successfully helped lead Canada to an impressive 6 th place overall, while proudly winning a silvermedal in the horsemanship class herself. Rianna is an 18-year- old from Cambridge, Ontario. She has been showing Quarter Horses for many years. She started in the lead-line classes as a young girl and has now developed into a competent, well-versed horsewoman in many events. Rianna’s abilities in the show ring have led to many awards such as Congress Champion, Youth AQHA Supreme Champion, two-time Youth AQHA Performance Champion and three-time Provincial All-Round Champion. Some of her 2011 accomplishments include earning an AQHA Championship, earning four Superior Champion awards and qualifying for three events for the AQHA World Show. Outside the show ring, Rianna volunteers for her provincial Quarter Horse Association. She has been a director for the Ontario Quarter Horse Youth Association and has been the vice-president since 2009. She also volunteers on a weekly basis at Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Centre. Rianna looks forward to be competing in Germany and to being Team Canada’s biggest fan.

Haley Strading

Haley Strading

Haley is an outgoing 15-year-old from Aldgergrove, British Columbia. She has been riding both English and Western all of her life and currently loves showing cutters and hunter/ jumpers. She has won many awards both in the hunter/jumper events and the cutting ring; including being the BCRCHA Junior Youth Champion for 2010, the 2010 AQHA Regional Cutting Junior Youth Champion, and most recently the BCQHA 2011 Youth Year End Champion. Her success in the cutting ring multiplies itself in the hunter/jumper ring. Haley also enjoys dancing, volleyball and basketball. She volunteers on a regular basis in numerous capacities. Haley is the one that is always there to lend a helping hand as she is the one to go the extra mile to help others out. One of Haley’s goals is to represent Canada at the 2012 AQHA Youth World Cup in Kreuth, Germany.Her positive and caring attitude, compassion for others and her kind-heartedness has helped make this goal a reality.

Alternate Riders are:

Amanda Daly

Amanda Daly

Amanda is a 15-year-old from Pritchard, British Columbia. She has been riding since she was in diapers and has become an accomplished young rider. Amanda has experienced success in the AQHA all around events, as well as the cutting pen. This past year saw Amanda as the AQHA Region One Youth All Around Champion as well as the BCCHYA Youth Champion. When away from the Quarter Horse shows, Amanda keeps busy participating in school events. She has been on the school volleyball and basketball teams, as well as serving on her school council. She has also been an active member of her local 4-H for the past four years. Amanda is excited to use her leadership skills as she joins her teammates in representing Canada in the 2012 Youth World Cup.

Anika Hodgson

Anika Hodgson

Anika is a 17-year-old from Stellarton, Nova Scotia. She has been riding for ten years and has earned numerous awards with AQHA, including an AQHA youth championship, winning numerous Maritime Quarter Horse high point awards, as well as being the Maritime all round youth. Anika has also had the privilege for riding for the Maritime youth team at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. When not in the show pen, Anika is busy helping out at her trainer’s farm breaking and riding a wide variety of horses. While away from the barn, Anika is busy volunteering with the Rotary Interact Club at school, being the co-editor of theNorth Nova Education Centre yearbook committee, being a team leader for Kids for Bowling, participating in various fundraising runs, and being a member of MQHYA board. Anika is excited to bring her skills and knowledge to Germany as she is part of a team that will represent Canada at its best.

Youth Leadership Members are:

Laura Anne Berensci

Laura Anne Berensci

Laura Anne is a 15-year-old from Paris, Ontario. She has shown Quarter Horses for the last couple of years and has had the privilege of showing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Laura Anne’s favorite class to show is hunter under saddle but has also shown in all-round events in AQHA shows and in her area saddle club. She has also been on the Ontario Saddle Club Youth Team Tournament for the past four years and enjoys working and showing as a team. When not busy with her horse, Laura Anne attends Paris District High School where she is an active member of her students’ council. She has also volunteered for numerous school activities and is busy on the council of the Big Creek, Ancaster and Norfolk saddle club. Laura Anne looks forward to bringing her strong leadership skills and her determination and perseverance to her team as she represents Canada at the Youth World Cup.

Stefanie Lepp

Stefanie Lepp

Stefanie is an 18-year-old from Rivers, Manitoba. She has been riding since she was five, starting with lessons on jumper ponies, then riding with a reining trainer, and then participating in her local 4-H equine club. In 2007, Stefanie became involved showing at provincial Quarter Horse shows and has worked her way to becoming the young horsewoman she is today. Stefanie enjoyed instant success in the AQHA show pen and has earned herself numerous Manitoba year end awards, numerous circuit championships in Manitoba and Minnesota and multiple top ten placings at the Canadian Nationals. When not showing, Stefanie is continuing her studies as an accomplished pianist, working on her family farm, training dogs and volunteering with numerous animal clinics, a puppy daycare facility, and with her 4-H club. Stefanie is looking forward to bringing her skills to Team Canada and helping the team to do the best it can.

Brittany Ruecker

Brittany Ruecker

Brittany is an 18-year- old from Balcarres, Saskatchewan. She attended her first Quarter Horse show in 2006, entering the Grassroots classes. Although she has had the chance to ride many horses, it was not until 2008 that she was able to get her first Quarter Horse and has been showing it since. Brittany has won sportsmanship awards with SQHA, was highpoint Grassroots youth, SHF Heritage Circuit reserve champion in Western, champion in English, and was western and English champion in the Youth Equestrian Tournament Mane Meltdown. This is Brittany’s last year as a youth exhibitor, but it is only the beginning of her future endeavours. Brittany spends much of her “non-horse” time volunteering in her community. She helps out with the local 4-H club, plays piano and is a Ukrainian dancer; talents she enjoys using to help entertain the people at her town’s integrated Care Centre, she helps instruct young Ukrainian dancers, is part of her school student council, and is a referee for volleyball games. Brittany is thrilled to bring her skills and enthusiasm to Germany as Team Canada in such a prestigious event.

Team Canada Coach: Della Cyderman

Team Canada Coach Della Cryderman has been breeding, training and showing Quarter Horses for over thirty years and presently owns and operates a equine training facility. Her focus for Cryderman Training Stables is to prepare horses and their exhibitors for national and international competition. While the majority of the horse/rider combinations that she coaches show American Quarter Horse circuits, she also coaches several dressage and jumping horses/riders. Cryderman has travelled and shared her knowledge with riders who have committed to furthering their skills, and given many clinics ranging from first time riders to numerous youth and amateurs who became AQHA Superior Award winners, AQHA Champions, AQHA Versatility Champions, All-American Congress and AQHA World Show finalists. Cryderman’s daughter, Jessie Godin was a gold-medalist member of Team Canada while competing at the Youth World Cup hosted by Australia in 2004. Cryderman served as President of the Thunder Bay Quarter Horse Club for 15 years and as President of the North Superior Quarter Horse Council for 10 years.

Team Canada Manager Karen Westerback 

Team Canada Manager Karen Westerback has been involved with Quarter Horses for approximately 20 years and competes as an amateur on AQHA show circuits in Canada and the U.S. She has achieved two AQHA Amateur Superior Awards and is an AQHA Amateur Champion. Westerback is employed as a Youth Services residential worker for youth who are at risk with the law, helping to develop therapeutic plans for release from custody. She has served her local Quarter Horse associations over the years as Secretary, Vice-President and Youth Advisor, and has been actively involved in major fund-raising events and organizing. In the past year, she has acquired a new role as a ring steward for several large AQHA show circuits including the Minnesota Corporate Challenge and the Bob Yanz Masters.

Saskatchewan Quarter Horse News Update

SQHA Harvest Gold Charbonneau Photography

Halter Class during SQHA's Harvest Gold Show & Futurity. Photo Credit Charbonneau Photography


With the holiday season wrapped up it soon will be time to start preparing for next year’s show season! The Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association is planning some EXCITING new changes for the 2012 show season- the new show dates will be May 18-21 and July 12-15 (pending AQHA approval). Both shows will have a split combined format, double judged the first two days and triple judged the last two days! In addition to these changes, SQHA shows will now offer NSBA approved classes and continue to host NRHA ancillary classes.  The July show will also feature a NRHA Derby with both open and non pro divisions. Both shows will be held at Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds. Watch the SQHA website ( for more updates!!

The SQHA Raffle held at this year’s Canadian Western Agribition was a huge success! Congratulations to Elise Desjarials of Pilot Butte SK for winning the weanling colt and Rory Martin of Saskatoon for winning the Traeger Pellet Grill. A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by to learn more about SQHA and to buy raffle tickets and to all our volunteers who helped work the booth.

SQHA will be hosting their Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet in Regina on Saturday, January 28th. The AGM will be held at Wascana Rehab Center, 2180 23rd Avenue, at 1:30 pm and the Awards Banquet will be at Tony Romas, 4450 Albert Street South, with cocktails starting at 6:30 pm.  We have several director positions available so we encourage everyone who wants to be involved to attend the AGM!!

SQHA will have a booth set up at the first annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo at Saskatoon Prairieland Park February 18-19, 2012. Make sure to stop by and say hello and learn more about our awesome association!!

On April 27-29, 2012 SQHA will be hosting a Doug Huls clinic in Regina. Doug Huls is a renowned all around trainer from Phoenix, AZ. The clinic will be limited to 12 riders, please contact Sandi at 306-781-2589 for more information.

Congratulations to some fellow SQHA members who have achieved much success this past fall! Congratulations to Josee Monvoisin and Certainly Ima Zip on their Reserve Championship in Youth Performance Halter Mares at the AQHA Region 2 Championship Show in Rapid City, SD. Congratulations to Karen Linnell and BMQ Times A Ticking on their Reserve Championship- All Around Amateur at the Region 2 Show as well. Karen also earned her AQHA Open Championship on “Ben”! And finally, congratulations to Lee Isaacson-Sliva and Too Hot To Duplicate for placing 5th in the NA HUS and 7th in the AM HUS at the Quarter Horse Congress and 13th in the AM HUS at the AQHA World Show!!!

Congratulations as well to Angela Bigler who will have a new mount for the 2012 Show Season. Best of luck to you & “Henry”!

As always, I love hearing news from our members- feel free to contact me Nikki Beatty ([email protected]), with any news you have!


Quarter Horse Industry Breeding Seminar

Deanna Buschert Photography

Breeding the Fastest Horse, an industry seminar to be hosted by the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (QHRIDP) has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 26th at the Ajax Convention Centre.

“The Program has received very positive feedback on the seminar agenda and the guest speakers who will be presenting,” said Program Coordinator Sandy Anthony. “We are very pleased to have as a speaker Dan Lucas, the leading Quarter Horse breeder in North America.” The date and location of the seminar has been changed in order to maximize attendance, both from breeders within the Quarter Horse racing industry and from breeders new to, or curious about, breeding for the Quarter Horse programs.

Seminar will be held at: Ajax Convention Centre
550 Beck Cres Ajax, ON L1Z 1C9

Date: Saturday, November 26th, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Topics will include:

· Planned breeding, herd improvement and crosses that work for racing;
· Herd management practices to improve conception and increase the chances of full-term pregnancy;
· Factors affecting fertility and early conception in the broodmare;
· Herd management practices to improve the chance of full-term pregnancy
· Marketing stallions
· Breeding racehorses for the Ontario racing programs.

The Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program is administered by the Ontario Racing Commission. For information on other initiatives supported by the Program, please visit the Quarter Horse section of the Ontario Racing Commission website at

A full agenda for the seminar is available upon request. Registration for the seminar is required. The cost to attend is $39.00. To register please contact:
Sandy Anthony
Program Coordinator
[email protected]

New Ranch Horse Pleasure Class

AQHA Ranch Horse Pleasure Class

During the 2011 American Quarter Horse Association Convention, the AQHA Show Council approved a new class to join the family of AQHA-approved shows. Ranch horse pleasure will begin as one combined class, with open, amateur and youth exhibitors.

The judged class will have three to five suggested patterns, which will be scored based on a proposed score sheet. A judge may also design his or her own pattern made up of the required maneuvers and three of the optional maneuvers. Points earned in the class are eligible for the AQHA Incentive Fund payout for horses, and no horse may cross-enter (i.e. a junior/senior western pleasure horse shown at a show is not eligible to show in the ranch pleasure at the same show; youth western pleasure horse may not show in ranch pleasure; amateur/Select amateur western pleasure entry may not show in ranch pleasure).

The ranch horse pleasure horse should reflect the versatility, attitude and movement of a working horse. The horse’s performance should simulate a horse riding outside the confines of an arena and that of a working ranch horse. This class should show the horse’s ability to work at a forward, working speed while under the rider’s control.

Required movements include the walk, jog and lope in both directions; the extended jog and lope in at least one direction; stops; and a turn to change directions. Three of the following maneuvers must be included: sidepass; turns of 360 degrees or more; change of lead (simple or flying); walk, jog or lope over a pole(s); or any other reasonable combination of maneuvers that a ranch horse would perform.

The maneuvers may be arranged in various combinations with the final approval by the judge. The overall cadence and performance of the gaits should be as those described in Rule 447 (a), with an emphasis on forward movement, free-flowing and ground-covering for all gaits.
For more information on ranch horse pleasure and other approved classes, visit

Wimpys Little Step Makes NRHA History

1999 AQHA palomino, Wimpys Little Step, is NRHA

Just last May, Wimpys Little Step proved his prowess as a reining horse sire by becoming the youngest Two Million Dollar Sire in NRHA history – by a margin of five years. As of October 2011, he is now officially the youngest sire to cross the three million dollar plateau with a total of $3,011,636 earned by his progeny – again by a margin of five years. Wimpys Little Step joins NRHA legends Hollywood Dun It, Topsail Whiz, Smart Chic Olena, Shining Spark and Gallo Del Cielo in the three million dollar sire category.

Already an NRHA Hall of Fame inductee, his offspring at the recent High Roller Reining Classic helped him achieve this elite status in the NRHA record books. Wimp Daddy (out of Cody Kay Quixote and owned by Carlos Gonzalez) earned more than $11,600 and Show Me The Buckles (out of Sunset Whiz and owned by Rebeca Martin) racked up more than $6,200. Nearly a dozen of his offspring combined forces to earn the final few thousand dollars needed.

The 12-year-old stallion by Hall of Fame inductee and Million Dollar Sire Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step has an impressive show record himself, winning the 2002 NRHA Futurity and earning over $185,000 in just three NRHA competitions with current NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida. With only five performing foal crops, he has already proven his ability to pass his talent on to future generations. He is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC in Purcell, Okla. where he currently stands.

Wimpy’s offspring include some of today’s top reining horses. Wimpys Little Chic (out of Collena Chic Olena) is the first horse in NRHA history to win the NRHA Futurity, National Reining Breeders Classic, and NRHA Derby consecutively. The seven-year-old mare owned by Arcese Quarter Horses was the first horse to top $500,000 in NRHA earnings. As of today, she has won over $514,800 in NRHA competition making her NRHA’s current lifetime earnings leader. RC Fancy Step (out of Sonita Wilson), owned by Buffalo Ranch, is an NRHA Derby, All American Quarter Horse Congress and three-time Wimpys Little Step Derby champion, as well as an Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games team gold medalist with over $351,000 in earnings.

The sire’s top offspring also include: Wimpys Little Buddy ($236,500, NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby and NRBC level 4 open finalist; NRBC level 4 non pro finalist and Reining by the Bay Derby level 3 open champion and owned by Madalyn Roberts); Wimpys Tonnob ($109,400, NRHA Futurity level 3, 2, and 1 open champion owned by Ann Admonius) and Yellow Jersey ($101,800, NRHA Open World Championship Shootout champion, NRHA Futurity level 4 open finalist, Italian RHA Derby level 4 open champion owned by Robert Thompson).

Shawn Flarida and and Wimpys Little Step.