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Alberta Youth Wins Extreme World Champion with Canadian-Bred

Leduc youth Sophie Garrington and her horse Yall Check This Out AKA "Buddy" make their way through an obstacle at the Extreme Cowboy Association World Finals in Glen Rose, Texas.
Coach Nicole Hirsekorn and Sophie Garrington celebrate victory.

The Extreme Cowboy Association hosted their 2023 World Championships from November 1st to 5th at the Somervell Expo Center in Glen Rose, Texas.

For 1o-year-old Sophie Garrington of Leduc, Alberta and her partner Yall Check This Out aka “Buddy” it was a trip to Texas that they won’t soon forget!

Garrington and “Buddy” a 2012 Canadian-Bred bay gelding sired by Im Countin Checks out of Sweet Style by Docs Stylish Oak. were crowned the 2023


Yall Check This Out was bred by Jim Wilson of Leduc County, AB.


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Fresno State University Signs Saskatchewan Rider to their Equestrian Team

Hailey Olson, 17 of Maryfeild, Sask. made a number of  headlines this year with success at some of the Quarter Horse industry’s major shows!

Olson is the reining 2023  AQHA Level 1 West Champion in  the L1 Hunter Under Saddle, and also added the reserve championship title in the L1 Showmanship, and a bronze finish in the L1 Hunt Seat Equitation to her accomplishments.

As a member of  CQHA’s 2023 Team Canada for the  AQH Youth Word Cup hosted in Byron – College STation Texas June 29 to July 9th this year Olsen brought home the bronze metal  competing against a tough group of horses and international riders in the Hunter Under Saddle on Kathy Darnell Lees horse Terrific Lee Hot (MJ).

Rounding out her summer Olson competed at both the National Snaffle Bit Association World Show and the AQHYA World Championships, where she won two additional  bronze trophies in the hunter events!

This Past signing day, Hailey Olson from Maryfield Saskatchewan, joined an elite group of Canadian riders who have excelled at Fresno State, Hannah Buijs of Ontario who is a recent graduate, and Abby Goddard also from Sask. who joined the team in 2022. When asked to comment about her recent commitment to the “Bull Dogs” Olson told us “It’s an exciting experience, that I’ve been dreaming of since starting showing AQHA!”

The CQHA community  is  incredibly proud of you Hailey and all of your successes. We can’t wait to cheer you on! Go Bulldogs! 

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New AQHA Awards for National & Provincial National High School Rodeo Assoc

AQHA Top Event Horse awards will be presented at both the NJHFR and NHSFR, plus American Quarter Horse of the Year awards at state, provincial and national finals.
In 2024, AQHA Top Event Horse awards will be presented at the National Junior High and National High School Finals Rodeos. Top American Quarter Horses will continue to be recognized with Horse of the Year awards at the state, provincial and national finals in both the male and female divisions. (Credit: courtesy of NHSRA)

The American Quarter Horse Association continues grow to its awards program that recognizes AQHYA members riding registered American Quarter Horses in National High School Rodeo Association competition.  

In 2024, AQHA Top Event Horse awards will be presented at the National Junior High and National High School Finals Rodeos. Top American Quarter Horses will continue to be recognized with Horse of the Year awards at the state, provincial and national finals in both the male and female divisions. Across the awards, the AQHA-NHSRA Horse of the Year program presents awards and cash valuing over $20,000!  

To nominate a registered horse for any – or all – of these awards, participants must: 

  • Have a current AQHYA membership

  • Compete on a registered American Quarter Horse at an NHSRA-sanctioned rodeo, 

  • Note which horse they will be riding for the events they qualified for (the NHSRA member does not have to be the recorded owner of the horse, according to AQHA records), and 

  • Nominate horses in the NHSRA membership system by April 1, 2024. 

Points will be tracked by the name of the horse and the contestant riding that horse. Awards will be given out at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, which is slated for June 23-29 in Des Moines, Iowa, and the National High School Finals Rodeo, scheduled for July 14-20 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Full program rules are available on the NHSRA website.  

If you do not have a current AQHYA membership, you can join or renew at using code NHSRA to receive a 12-month AQHYA membership for only $19. 

To learn more about NHSRA, visit  

AQHA news and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more information visit or tune into our Podcast, “Let’s Talk AQHA.” 


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Canadian- Bred Named AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year

Photo courtesy of PRCA

By Lane Karney for The American Quarter Horse Journal 

The Canadian contingent of steer wrestlers has long been a force in professional rodeo, but it’s their horsepower that reigns over the Horse of the Year history books. Two-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion steer wrestler Lee Graves’ Rocks Eye Opener, aka “Jesse,” won the award in 2007 and 2009. The Cassidy family’s famous RTR Little Willy, or “Willy,” took top honors in 2008. And Curtis Cassidy’s Dashin Haze, “Tyson,” struck for three consecutive titles from 2020-2022. Again in 2023, the Nutrena Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, presented by AQHA, goes north of the border, this time recognizing two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bulldogger Tanner Milan’s Eds Famous Bar, “Eddie,” as the best in the business.

“I don’t know what the hell it is in the water, but I think because the horses up here are started (in the steer wrestling) in the wintertime in smaller indoor arenas, it takes a tough horse to keep trying and running that hard. You go through so many that don’t make it, but these tough ones, like Willy, Tyson and Eddie, are gritty and tough,” says Tanner, who calls Cochrane, Alberta, home. “When they keep trying that hard, then you take them to the bigger arenas, I think it helps them.”

Eddie is a 2013 brown gelding by EMW Noah Famous One and out of Hortons Kim Bar by Mr Horton. He was bred by Janet Patriquin of New Sarepta, Alberta.

Tanner’s journey with Eddie started early in the spring of 2020, when he first tried the “reject” barrel-racing-turned-heading-horse in a third event.

“They had run barrels on him, and (Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer and Calgary Stampede steer wrestling champion) Lee Laskosky was heading on him. He was too strong to head on, and Jordan Holland had probably run 20-25 (bulldogging) steers on him. When COVID hit and Houston got cancelled in 2020, we went to Arizona, hoping the California rodeos were still going to happen. They had Eddie there, and after the first steer I ran on him, I knew I had to own him,” Tanner says.

Although Tanner felt that Eddie was special from the start, getting to the point of being voted the Horse of the Year by the top 25 steer wrestlers in the world wasn’t without some trials and tribulations. 

“He started out really good and was going great. I think I overmounted him a little early, and he got a little hot in the box. It was a long process of a lot of slow work on that front, but as far as bulldogging went, from scoring and reading the cow in the field, he has been a natural. There are still times when his wires will cross, and he’ll jump out of the box. But you ride him back in, and he’s back to normal,” Tanner says. “Eddie scores outstanding and runs a nice pattern. He really puts you behind the horns and tries so hard every time.”

Eddie played a significant role in 2023 steer wrestling accolades at the highest level, including carrying world No. 1 Dalton Massey to the win at RodeoHouston and the likes of Cassidy, 2023 NFR first-timer Stephen Culling, Mike McGinn, J. D. Struxness and Tanner all to the pay window. Dalton and Stephen both plan to ride Eddie at this year’s NFR. Tanner will be on hand for the hazing duties and also to accept Eddie’s Nutrena Horse of the Year, presented by AQHA, award.

“It’s pretty awesome. To be honest, I didn’t expect it to happen this soon. Everybody who rode him this year was a big part of it. A big thank you to Curtis for the hazing horse, ‘Mission,’ that’s beside him. Curtis sent me the hazing horse, and that’s huge. The haze horse has to run as hard or harder than the bulldogging horse. He’s the quarterback of the whole situation to let the bulldogging horse shine,” Tanner says. “I just want to thank everybody who rode Eddie and voted for Eddie.”

Cassidy’s Dashin Haze was voted this year’s reserve steer wrestling horse of the year. Clayton Hass’ Be Dun By Three, or “Benz,” who finished reserve in 2020, 2021 and 2022, finished third in the 2023 voting.

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New AQHA Award to Honour Equine-Assisted Services American Quarter Horses

AQHA PATH Intl. EAS Horse of The Year Award

to Honor the AQHA-PATH Intl. Equine-Assisted Services American Quarter Horse of the Year with one $10,000 first-place award and one $5,000 second-place award!

Who Can Enter?

  • Any current PATH Intl. Center may nominate their registered American Quarter Horse(s). There is no limit to how many registered American Quarter Horses a center may nominate.
  • The center must hold an AQHA General membership ($65) to nominate their horse(s). If the center does not currently hold an AQHA membership, one may be purchased here for $65 and it provides myriad benefits throughout the year.
  • The nominated horse must be registered with AQHA. If the center holds the horse’s papers, you’re ready to nominate now! If the center wasn’t given AQHA registration papers at the point of purchase or donation but you suspect the horse may have been registered at some time or know his registered name, in addition to requesting the papers from the previous owner or donor, here are some useful tips for tracking down a horse’s papers.

How To Enter?

PATH Intl. will collect all nominations and deliver the entries to AQHA for judging and selection.

Complete the nomination form, including the required documentation, and tell us why your worthy nominee should win $10,000! Nominations must be received prior to 11:59 PM on December 31, 2023.

Questions? Please contact: Erika Berry at AQHA.


Can a center nominate a leased horse?

Yes, however please not the following details: The PATH Intl. Center that is leasing the horse will receive the award, not the owner of the horse. While many PATH Intl. Centers have their own written lease agreements with owners, in order to qualify for the AQHA award, they must have a current lease authorization form on file with AQHA at the time the center submits its nomination. The cost for filing the lease authorization form is $100 to AQHA. Please submit questions and lease requests to

Why isn’t the nomination form anonymous as they normally are for most PATH Intl. awards?

This is an AQHA award, so the process is a little different. AQHA needs information such as the name of the center and the horse’s name to verify registration. The judges appointed by AQHA will receive redacted information, focusing on the reasons in the nomination for why the center believes its horse should win the award.

When will the winners be announced?

The AQHA-PATH Intl. Equine-Assisted Services American Quarter Horse of the Year will be honored at the AQHA Convention in Las Vegas, March 15-18, 2024.

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2023 Canadian Finals Rodeo Champions

CQHA would like to congratulate the CFR on another outstanding season!

We are pleased to share with the CQHA community that three of this year’s top CFR horses are Canadian-bred! Proving that the diversity in Canada’s production of top performing Quarter Horses spans every event in the breed’s repertoire.

Congratulations to the owner, breeders, and riders of these talented equine athletes!

2023 Ladies Barrel Racing Champion: Canadian-bred SR Boots on Fire & Lynette Brodoway – Brooks, AB Photo Credit:

Congratulations to Canadian-bred SR Boots on Fire, “Cowboy,” and Lynette Brodoway from Brooks, Alberta! They are the 2023 Canadian Rodeo Finals Ladies Barrel Racing Champions.

Sired by Root Beers Boots and is out of JDS Wind River by Sun Wind And Fire, the 2014 chestnut gelding is was bred by Douglas & Carol Schaffer of Bassano, Alberta and is owned by Ken & Lynette Brodoway.

The team’s fastest time was 13.61 seconds, and the overall championship earned them a cheque for $ 72,831 CDN.

Steer Wrestling Champion Canadian-bred Dashin Haze "Tyson" & Scott Guenthner Photo Credit: CFR/Chantelle Bowman (Wildwood Imagery)

Congratulations to Canadian-bred Dashin Haze, “Tyson,” and Scott Guenthner from Provost, Alberta; they are the 2023 Canadian Rodeo Finals Steer Wrestling Champions.

The 2005 brown gelding, sired by Royal Quick Dash and out of Sheza Special Chick by Chicks Beduino, was bred by Darren and Marilyn Pollitt of Shady Lane Stables in Edmonton, Alberta. Tyson is owned by Curtis Cassidy, also of Alberta. “Tyson” was named CQHA’s 2022 Horse of the Year!

The team’s aggregate run count was 32.9 seconds, earning them a cheque for $73,326 CND.

Canadian-bred CQ Badgers Thor, “Bullet,” and Shaya Biever from Claresholm, Alberta; they are the 2023 Canadian Rodeo Finals Ladies Breakaway Champions. photo credit: Billie-Jean Duff

Congratulations to Canadian-bred CQ Badgers Thor, “Bullet,” and Shaya Biever from Claresholm, Alberta; they are the 2023 Canadian Rodeo Finals Ladies Breakaway Champions.

The 2007 black gelding, sired by JBS Badges Patric and out of Cheyenita by Chics In The Male, was bred by Dave Cuming of Crossfield, Alberta.

The team averaged 7.6 seconds on three runs, earning them a cheque for $32,441 CND.