The Best Ranch Show Ever
Updated: Jul 23, 2018
AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines shares highlights from the Zoetis VRH World, Zoetis RHC Finals, Level 1 Cattle Championships and NRSHA National Championships.
By AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines
Source: American Quarter Horse Association
July 2, 2018
Ranch trail classes on three lush outdoor courses kicked off the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships June 13-17 at the Lazy E in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The course had a real ranch feel, where exhibitors navigated a grassy area and encountered natural obstacles.
The rest of the week only got better from there.
This record-setting show had 2,575 entries for the Zoetis VRH World, the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, the AQHA Level 1 Cattle Championships and the first national championships for the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance. People and horses were literally cross-entered in as many classes as they were qualified for. The VRH entries alone grew 66 percent from last year. We had nearly 60 in each of the VRH amateur, limited amateur and open ranch conformation classes – the variation of horse coat colors in those classes was a sight to see!
To keep the show moving throughout the day, we topped most days with a big awards celebration in the Lazy E Cantina, where we handed out ribbons and trophies, and toasted all the winners. The AQHA Cook Team rose in the wee hours of every morning and threw together breakfast. The cowboy tacos or biscuits and gravy were piping hot every morning by 6 a.m. for all exhibitors, visitors and show staff. Thanks to Brett Burke, with title sponsor Zoetis, for serving food every morning.
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