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2022 Canadian National Amateur Team Tournament


Please note: Once you have submitted your Team Registration you will need to send an eTransfer to to remit your $40 Team Registration fee.

IMPORTANT: Please note the following in your transaction details: Your First & Last Name and the letters “CNATT”

We ask that you complete the transaction within in 12 hours of submitting your registration. As the first ten slots per each geographic Canadian province or region will be assigned by first come first serve.

Veuillez noter : Une fois que vous avez soumis votre inscription d’équipe, vous devrez envoyer un virement électronique à pour verser vos frais d’inscription d’équipe de 40 $.

IMPORTANT: Veuillez noter ce qui suit dans les détails de votre transaction : votre nom et prénom et les lettres “CNATT”

Nous vous demandons de compléter la transaction dans les 12 heures suivant la soumission de votre inscription. Les dix premiers créneaux horaires de chaque province ou région géographique canadienne seront attribués selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi.


2022 CNATT Rules
    1. All AQHA rules apply – All Team members must be current members of both AQHA and CQHA.
    2. There will be 10 teams made up of 10 team members, all team assignments will be determined by lottery only.
    3. All amateurs must pay the $40 entry fee. If this fee is not paid by May 1, the exhibitors spot will be given to the next exhibitor on the waitlist
    4. The first 10 Amateurs in each of the following provinces or regions will be assigned to a team automatically: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, PQ & the Maritime Region .
    5. The remaining 30 spots will be allocated by national lottery – These Team lottery’s will be a LIVE STREAMED SOCIAL EVENT!
    6. ALL POINTS ARE BASED ON THE AMATEUR EXHIBITOR, AND NOT THE HORSE/RIDER COMBO. If an exhibitor shows multiple horses in a class, (i.e., trail) their highest score will be recorded. All AQHA rules apply.
    7. Teams can earn points at ANY AQHA sanctioned event hosted within Canada from May 1, 2022 to December 31st, 2022.
    8. If an exhibitor is eligible through AQHA to show multiple level classes, only their placing which awards then the most number of points will be counted.
    9. Points will be calculated as follows:
      • 1st– 10 points
      • 2nd– 9 points
      • 3rd– 8 points
      • 4th– 7 points
      • 5th– 6 points
      • 6th– 5 points
      • 7th– 4 points
      • 8th– 3 points
      • 9th– 2 points
      • 10th– 1 point
      • Every AQHA Amateur class you enter at a Canadian AQHA sanctioned event will earn your team one half point (1/2) just for participating (rule VIII will apply). It is hoped that this will be an incentive to try something new!
      • Final team points will be calculated on each team member’s 10 best shows for each individual class they show in if they compete in more than one class.
    10. Teams will be chosen at random, but it will be the committee’s prerogative to ensure that teams are balanced with members from across Canada, and the final teams will be up to the committee’s discretion.
    11. It will be the exhibitor’s responsibility to ensure that all placings posted are correct and to bring any discrepancies to the attention of the committee. If a discrepancy occurs, it will be the show manager’s official report that will be used to determine the correct placings.
    12. Team members can earn additional points for their team by posting
      about their team’s sponsoring stallion on their social media platforms.
      They will earn one (1) point for every five (5) posts they make per platform.
    13. All discrepancies must be brought to the attention of the committee before September 26, 2022. Any issues brought forth after this date will not be addressed.
    14. In the event of a tie, the team winning the greater number of events, then greater number of seconds, etc. will determine the winner.
    15. Get out there, meet new people, and have fun!!!

Q – What if I only show in AQHA amateur walk trot classes, am I still eligible to register for a spot on a team?

A – YES!!! AQHA amateur walk trot classes are eligible! ANY AQHA approved Amateur class, offered in ANY level, at ANY Canadian sanctioned AQHA event happening from May 1st to December 31st is a class that can earn you points for your team!

Q – What if I only show in one event, will I still be an asset to a team if I register?

A – YES!!! If you are an Amateur who specializes in one AQHA event, you are an asset to your team! Your best ten (10) placings in your event will be calculated towards your team’s overall point calculation. Remember that each class you enter however does earn your team a half point even if you do not place (Rule VIII – 8 does apply) so please consider this as an incentive to try something new as well. ALSO, there will be non-horse activities hosted by the Canadian AQHA affiliates and regions throughout the show season. Each of these activities is another opportunity for you to have fun, socialize with your team members and other amateurs, and earn your team points!

Q – There are only a few Canadian AQHA sanctioned events in my area or that I plan to show at in 2022, would my participation be of value to my team?

A – YES!!! Many Canadian AQHA circuits and sanctioned events offer multiple sets of AQHA points, each set of AQHA points (one set of points per AQHA judge/ show) is an actual AQHA show, and only your top 10 placings in your best 10 shows will be calculated. If you only attend a couple of Canadian AQHA events in 2022 it is likely that you will still accumulate 10 shows or close to it. PLUS, there will be non-horse activities hosted by the Canadian AQHA affiliates and regions throughout the show season. Each of these activities is another opportunity for you to have fun, socialize with your team members and other amateurs, and earn your team points! 

Q – I show more than one horse, do I need to declare which horse I am showing in which classes?

A – NO!!! All AQHA rules apply, so if you are eligible to compete on more than one horse in a given class, you may. Only the placing that earns you the most points will be calculated. All points are calculated by class per exhibitor not on a horse/rider combination.

Q – If I register, I see that I will be assigned a team by lottery, can I change teams if I would rather be on my friend’s team or have someone else take my place?

A – NO! Team swapping or substitutions/replacements will NOT be allowed. The whole reason for assigning teams via a lottery is to help you meet new people and connect with other Canadian amateurs. The goal of the tournament is to provide an opportunity for amateurs to have fun and develop and strengthen the Canadian quarter horse community, the competition and awesome awards is just the icing on the cake!

  1. Tous les règlements de l’AQHA s’appliquent.
  2. Tous les amateurs doivent payer les frais d’inscription de 40 $. Si ces frais ne sont pas payés avant le 1er mai, la place de l’exposant sera donnée au prochain exposant sur la liste d’attente.
  3. Les 10 premiers amateurs dans chacune des provinces ou régions suivantes seront automatiquement assignés à une équipe : BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, PQ et la région des Maritimes.
  4. Les 30 places restantes seront attribuées par la loterie nationale – Ces loteries d’équipe seront un ÉVÉNEMENT SOCIAL DIFFUSÉ EN DIRECT !
  5. TOUS LES POINTS SONT BASÉS SUR L’EXPOSANT AMATEUR, ET NON SUR LE COUPLE CHEVAL/CAVALIER. Si un exposant présente plusieurs chevaux dans une classe (par exemple, trail), son score le plus élevé sera enregistré. Toutes les règles de l’AQHA s’appliquent.
  6. Si un exposant est autorisé par l’AQHA à présenter les classes L1 et L2, seul son meilleur score sera enregistré.
  7. Les équipes peuvent gagner des points à TOUT événement sanctionné par l’AQHA organisé au Canada du 1er mai 2022 au 31 decembre 2022.
  8. Si un exposant est éligible par l’intermédiaire de l’AQHA pour présenter plusieurs classes de niveau, seul son classement qui attribue le plus grand nombre de points sera pris en compte.
  9. Les points seront calculés comme suit :
    • 1er- 10 points
    • 2ème – 9 points
    • 3ème – 8 points
    • 4ème- 7 points
    • 5ème – 6 points
    • 6ème- 5 points
    • 7ème – 4 points
    • 8ème- 3 points
    • 9ème – 2 points
    • 10ème- 1 point
    • Chaque classe amateure de l’AQHA que vous inscrivez à un événement canadien sanctionné par l’AQHA rapportera à votre équipe un demi-point (1/2) juste pour sa participation (la règle VIII s’appliquera). On espère que ce sera une incitation à essayer quelque chose de nouveau!

    • Les points finaux de l’équipe seront calculés sur les 10 meilleurs shows de chaque membre de l’équipe pour chaque classe individuelle dans laquelle ils concourent s’ils concourent dans plus d’une classe.

  10. Les équipes seront choisies au hasard, mais le comité aura la prérogative de s’assurer que les équipes sont équilibrées avec des membres de partout au Canada, et les équipes finales seront à la discrétion du comité.
  11. l incombe à l’exposant de s’assurer que tous les classements affichés sont corrects et de porter toute divergence à l’attention du comité. Si une divergence se produit, c’est le rapport officiel du gestionnaire de l’évènement qui sera utilisé pour déterminer le classement correct.
  12. Les membres de l’équipe peuvent gagner des points supplémentaires pour leur équipe en publiant sur l’étalon parrain de leur équipe sur leurs plateformes de médias sociaux. Ils gagneront un (1) point tous les cinq (5) messages qu’ils publient par plateforme.
  13. Toutes les divergences doivent être portées à l’attention du comité avant le 26 septembre 2022. Toute question soulevée après cette date ne sera pas traitée.
  14. En cas d’égalité, l’équipe qui remporte le plus grand nombre d’épreuves, puis le plus grand nombre de secondes, etc. déterminera le gagnant.
  15. Sortez, rencontrez de nouvelles personnes et amusez-vous ! !!

Q – Que se passe-t-il si je ne participe qu’aux classes de trot au pas amateur de l’AQHA, suis-je toujours éligible pour m’inscrire pour une place dans une équipe ?

A- OUI !!! Les cours de trot au pas amateur de l’AQHA sont admissibles! N’IMPORTE QUELLES classes amateurs approuvées par l’AQHA, offert à N’IMPORTE QUEL niveau, à N’IMPORTE QUEL événement canadien sanctionné par l’AQHA qui se déroule du 1er mai au 31 décembre est un cours qui peut vous rapporter des points pour votre équipe !

Q – Que se passe-t-il si je ne participe qu’à un seul événement, serai-je toujours un atout pour une équipe si je m’inscris ?

A- OUI !!! Si vous êtes un amateur spécialisé dans un événement AQHA, vous êtes un atout pour votre équipe! Vos dix (10) meilleurs classements dans votre épreuve seront pris en compte dans le calcul global des points de votre équipe. N’oubliez pas que chaque classe dans laquelle vous participé rapporte cependant à votre équipe un demi-point même si vous ne vous classez pas (la règle VIII – 8 s’applique), veuillez donc considérer cela comme une incitation à essayer quelque chose de nouveau également. AUSSI, il y aura des activités non équestres organisées par les affiliés canadiens de l’AQHA et les régions tout au long de la saison des expositions. Chacune de ces activités est une autre occasion pour vous de vous amuser, de socialiser avec les membres de votre équipe et d’autres amateurs et de gagner vos points d’équipe !

Q – Il n’y a que quelques événements sanctionnés par l’AQHA canadienne dans ma région ou auxquels je prévois de participer en 2022, ma participation serait-elle utile à mon équipe ?

 A- OUI !!! De nombreux circuits canadiens de l’AQHA et événements sanctionnés offrent plusieurs ensembles de points AQHA, chaque ensemble de points AQHA (un ensemble de points par juge/compétition AQHA) est un véritable spectacle AQHA, et seuls vos 10 meilleurs classements dans vos 10 meilleurs spectacles seront calculés. Si vous n’assistez qu’à quelques événements canadiens de l’AQHA en 2022, il est probable que vous accumulerez encore 10 spectacles ou presque. DE PLUS, il y aura des activités non équestres organisées par les affiliés canadiens de l’AQHA et les régions tout au long de la saison des expositions. Chacune de ces activités est une autre occasion pour vous de vous amuser, de socialiser avec les membres de votre équipe et d’autres amateurs et de gagner vos points d’équipe !

Q – Je participe avec plus d’un cheval, dois-je déclarer quel cheval j’expose et dans quelles épreuves ?

A- NON !!! Toutes les règles de l’AQHA s’appliquent, donc si vous êtes admissible à concourir sur plus d’un cheval dans une classe donnée, seul le classement qui vous rapportera le plus de points sera calculé. Tous les points sont calculés par classe par exposant et non sur une combinaison cheval/cavalier.

Q – Si je m’inscris, je vois qu’une équipe me sera attribuée par tirage au sort, puis-je changer d’équipe si je préfère être dans l’équipe de mon ami ou que quelqu’un d’autre prenne ma place ?

A- NON ! L’échange d’équipe ou les substitutions/remplacements ne seront PAS autorisés. La seule raison d’assigner des équipes via une loterie est de vous aider à rencontrer de nouvelles personnes et à vous connecter avec d’autres amateurs canadiens. Le but du tournoi est de fournir une opportunité aux amateurs de s’amuser et de développer et de renforcer la communauté canadienne du quarter horse, la compétition et les superbes récompenses ne sont que la cerise sur le gâteau !

Breeder News

2022 Canadian Bred/Owned Horse of The Year

Dashin Haze "Tyson"

Dashin Haze isn’t just any ordinary 15hh gelding, he’s the type of horse they make movies about!

The Alberta bred 2005 brown gelding is by Royal Quick Dash and out of Sheza Special Chick, by Chicks Beduino; as a futurity horse, he made 14 starts on the racetrack, winning four of those races, and placing second in the Grade 3 Alberta Bred Futurity in 2007. “Tyson” earned his breeders and owners Darren and Marilyn Pollitt of Shady Lane Stables in Edmonton, Alberta $30,269 on the track. Today “Tyson” isn’t just any former racehorse that found himself a suitable second career he’s the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, for the third consecutive year, and has helped his cowboys to some of the biggest titles and payouts in the entire steer wrestling sport.

The value of a horse isn’t measured by the dollars he or she brings home alone, but if you own “Tyson,” knowing that he’s won the AQHA 2020 and 2021 AQHA steer wrestling horse of the year and brought pay cheques back to the barn for yourself and a number of other cowboys totaling well over the million mark we’re sure it must make Curtis Cassidy feel like he won some sort of the dream horse lottery!

Owned and trained as a “bulldogger” by leading Canadian and international cowboy Curtis Cassidy of Alberta, it was originally his wife who spotted the horse at a barrel race. “Tyson”, never really took to running can’s but after he came home to the Cassidy’s and was introduced to the cattle, Curtis said that they were jumping steers off him by the third or fourth steer, and it was like “Tyson” had been doing it forever.

For Cassidy the coolest thing about a horse like “Tyson” is that he knows that the horse understands his job and can perform to the best of his ability over and over again, coming fast and straight out of the box, keeping up with the steer, and ultimately very quickly lining his cowboy up, no matter who that may be so that they can get a good and early jump on their steer.

According to fellow steer wrestler Jesse Brown , he say “I’ve got all the confidence in the world when I’m riding Tyson,” after their recent second place finish at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida, where Tyson helped him ear $18,431. “He makes everything easy. I think he’s the best bulldogging horse in the world.” Just prior to the Florida rodeo in early April, the pair had captured the Steer Wrestling title at the The American, taking home $100,000 from Arlington, Texas’ legendary event.

With the 2022 Rodeo season now well underway for Cassidy and his Made in Canada brown gelding, the pair already have a number of wins and earning under their belt, with big claims still to stake at major ones like the Calgary Stampede all on the road to qualifying again for both the Canadian and National Finals Rodeo.

Youth News

CQHA’s 2022 Youth Rising Stars

Cali Murphy and Berlin Oltean

Cali Murphy of Alberta joined the CQHA Awards Celebration virtually, where she was presented with her 2022 CQHA Rising Star Award.

Cali Murphy has always been in love with all things horses. She has two of her own quarter horses and would live in the barn with them if she could says her mom.

“Rain or shine she is always the first one down to take care of the horses and stays as long as she possibly can” Cali’s mom tells us. “She has shown interest in all disciplines and so far loves them all.”

Cali says she still has a few things on her list of things to try including bronc riding!

Murphy is a member of ther local Rodeo Club and participates in the Alberta Equestrian Federation ride and drive program. Unfortunately due to covid she wasn’t able to show as much as she would have liked but that didn’t stop her from working hard to improve her skills and make sure her horses stayed in the best possible shape.

Cali is the type who loves to help; she volunteers helping her riding instructor teach lessons by  demonstrating and encouraging confidence in other young riders. If there is someone struggling Cali is always the first one to stop what she’s doing and rush over to help. She has participated in local clinics and vet days at the barn where she assists in every way she can.

She has fun sharing horse knowledge with her peers who also have a passion for horses.  When she’s not with the horses she’s home reading training books or watching YouTube videos on how to advance her and her horses’ skills. 

In the last few years Cali has started making her own natural horse products and treats (Neigh by Cali) to raise awareness about different equine medical conditions including Cushings Disease. This entrepreneurial idea came about after her own horse had been diagnosed with Cushings Disease, as she understood that the medication and treatment would be an additional cost to her horse’s care.

Cali tells us that she wants to attend horse veterinary school when she graduates and train horses on the side. She has a true passion for horses, as well as helping and encouraging others. Her mom says  “It’s very inspiring to see how serious she is about her passion and love for the industry! To her it’s not just about the riding but everything in between as well.”

Berlin Oltean being presented her 2022 CQHA Rising Star award from CQHA President Gilles Seguin.

Berlin Oltean of Saskatchewan, is a bright, well-mannered, outgoing and enthusiastic young rider who is supported in her riding endeavors by her Mom, Meghan, and Grandmother and family in general as well as her coaches.

In 2019 she participated in the Manitoba Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) Ranch Horse Classic;  at just seven years of age she compeited in the Youth Flag Cutting Jackpot (and she won it!) riding her Mom’s mare against her older peers.  In 2021 she returned to the MQHA Ranch Horse Classic Show Pen and won the Open Youth High Point Award on a leased gelding from her coach/trainer. This meant she had to ride and place in reining, ranch riding, ranch trail, confirmation, cutting and/or working cow horse or boxing. A major accomplishment for a then nine year old at her first show back after Covid! 

Berlin has now gone on to purchase her own mare and is actively taking cutting/ranch/working cow horse lessons and she is also taking English riding lessons as a means to improve her overall riding skills. 

MQHA show manager Larry Clifford says “Her bubbly outgoing personality is contagious and she is able and willing to speak and engage with all ages from her peers to senior riders.  She is enthusiastic, wanting to learn and passionate about the horse.” Larry went on to tell us that he “looks forward to seeing her grow and compete in the horse world as she will become a major youth player in the show pen.”

When not in the saddle Oltean is actively involved in youth hockey and other sports in her city and at school.

Youth News

2022 Canadian AQHA Youth of the Year

Emma Vicente of Alberta

Fourteen Year-old Emma Vicente was named CQHA’s Canadian AQHA youth of the year for 2022 on the evening of March 26th, 2022. Emma joined the awards presentation virtually, as did the award’s presenter Miss Darcy Woods from Ontario, the 2021 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen.

As the current Vice President of Alberta Youth Quarter Horse Association (AYQHA), Vicente volunteers her time to fundraising and making visual slide shows for the year end banquet celebrating everyone achievements.

Not only is Emma passionate about horses but she is very involved and takes school serious. For the 2020/2021 school year, grade 8 for Emma she received Honors with Distinction as well as Student of the Year. In 2020 Emma won 9th place in  AQHAchieve, a virtual hippology competition put on by American Quarter Horse Foundation.

The 2021 show season brought some major achievements for Miss Vicente, she was the 13 and under High Point youth at Quarter Horse Association of Alberta’s Summer Solstice show, Reserve High point youth at Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association’s  Summer Show Down Show.

At the Canadian Nationals Quarter Horse Show Emma won Champion in 13 and under Western Pleasure, Level 1 Youth Trail and 13 & under youth Trail. She was reserve Champion in L1 youth Western Pleasure and 13 & under Horsemanship.

These accomplishments led her to year end championship titles in 13 & under Horsemanship, 13 & under Western Pleasure, 13 & under Trail and L1 youth Western Pleasure. Emma also won Reserve Champion in 13 & under Showmanship and L1 youth trail, resulting in her capturing the overall 2021 high point 13 and under youth title.

Emma has been a member of AQHYA for 7 years, AYQHA (Alberta Youth Quarter Horse Association) for 6 years, Alberta Equestrian Federation for 4 years and ApHC has just been added to the list.

“Emma takes showing seriously and puts in the long hours of late nights and early morning, but she also manages to have fun and make it a fun environment” says her coach Haylee Quick. She gwent on to say “I am very proud of Emma, last year she had lots of success in the ring and saw area’s for her own improvement aswell. Not only does she want to work on her western disciplines with her horse Shesa Hot Ginger, she also wants to try something new and add Hunter events to her plans.”

Emma’s friends tell us that she is fun to be around and a hard worker, she is kind and has great leadership skills always encouraging everyone to do their best.

News Member News

2022 CQHA Trainer of the Year

Bryn Robertson of Hillerin Farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario

Bryn Robertson lives with his wife Carole on their 150-acre farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario.

Just a teenager when he met Carol, a horse-crazy girl from Islington, Ontario who was riding horses before he was. Bryn learned to ride through Carol and the pair immersed themselves in various events including barrels and pole bending, showing, and winning prizes across the province. They joined many other horse owners and raced in quarter mile dashes for fun on farms north of Toronto including Circle M Ranch, owned by Al Greco.

Hillerin farm was originally purchased by Carole’s parents; they have called it their home for now well over 50 years. The couple raised three children who are still heavily involved with horses as are many of their grandchildren including Cody Sabila CQHA’s 2021 Rising Star award recipient, for many years they raised and owned dozens of top Barrel and Race Horses.

Originally from Wales, Bryn was just 3-years-old when he arrived in Canada with his parents soon after his father fought in World War II.

“There were 1,800 people on a boat coming to Canada,” said Bryn. “The crazy thing is, we went over a mine in the ocean and it blew a hole in the boat and we had to go back to France for it to be patched up. It took two weeks to get to Canada.”

The Robertsons made a permanent move to racing Quarter Horses before the new millennium and raced their first horse under trainer Wayne Proctor at Picov Downs’ J-track in 2000. Bryn watched and studied other trainers and achieved his own license in 2004. Working initially with horses purchased at sales and more recently with horses bred at his farm with Carol, son Mike and daughter-in-law Jaime, Bryn has trained numerous champions and several Horses of the Year.

His stars include the mare Had to Be Fandango, stakes winner of over $145,000 who has gone on to produce 2019 Horse of the Year Had to Be Ivory and one of 2020’s top juveniles Had to Be Relentless.

Bryn’s purchase in 2011 of One Famous Glass at a sale in Oklahoma changed his life as the sorrel gelding became one of Ontario’s top horses for almost a decade. Named 2013 Horse of the Year, One Famous Glass recently retired with 20 wins, including numerous stakes victories and earnings over $294,000.

Bryn’s ability to keep his horses healthy, happy and in top form for most of their career has made him one of the province’s most accomplished conditioners.

Robertson has excelled at every aspect of the industry, from breeding to racing, and making sure that his horses have the right home to start their second careers. He has dedicated his life to horses, not just as trainer but as a horseman as well. Putting the good of the horse ahead of anything else Bryn understands that if the horses are taken care of, then they will take care of you.

Bryn Robertson has had some of the top horses ever to run at Ajax Downs. He has had 3 Horse of the Year winners, multiple champions of all ages, and currently his horses own 2 track records. Mr. Robertson prides himself on breeding the best he can and that all started the day he purchased Hadtobefandango. Who has gone on to produce three extremely productive horses and all three have been recognized as champions by Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc (QROOI). And all three have proudly been born on his Hillerin Farm. Since 2013 he has trained at minimum 6 champions from QROORI. Mr. Robertson also trained and bred 2018 and 2019 AQHA Canadian Champion Had to Be Ivory. In 2019 he has 3 horses nominated for AQHA Canadian Champion, 2 of them he bred and both were from his broodmare Hadtobefandango.

With all the success that Bryn has had he has never forgotten his roots and is always willing to help in his community. Each year at the Erin Fall Fair he takes one of his horses so that he can showcase quarter horse racing to the community. In 2019 he and his wife Carol were honored with induction into the Erin Fall Fair Hall of Fame.

As per Equibase Bryn Roberts is listed as a “Best Racing Class Achieved Multiple Stakes Winning Trainer” with 741 career starts, 154 wins, 117 seconds, and 115 thirds and total lifetime earnings of $1,982,719.00

Written with excerpts from Jennifer Morrison’s The Robertsons: Living the Quarter Horse dream