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Had to Be Ivory Sails to Victory in the Picov Maturity

Bryn Robertson (green shirt), with wife Carol (white cap) and daughter Kim, accepts the Canadian Quarter Horse Association Trainer of the Year Award from Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario president Bob Broadstock (New Image Media Photo)
Had to Be Ivory, owned and bred by Hillsburgh's Carol and Jaime Robertson and trained by Bryn Robertson, won the 9th Picov Maturity easily under Josh Scott - New Image Media Photo
AJAX DOWNS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2022 –  On the day that he was presented with the Canadian Quarter Horse Association’s 2022 AQHA Trainer of the Year award, trainer Bryn Robertson of Hillsburgh, ON sent out champion HAD TO BE IVORY to win the $29,880 Picov Maturity at Ajax Downs.
 
Had to Be Ivory, the 2019 Horse of the Year making his first start as a 7-year-old, was quick out of the gate at the start of the 300-yard dash and caught front runner Countrys Comin Bac in time to win handily by three-quarters of a length in the fast time of 15.214 for a 102 speed index Carneros, owned by Milena Kwicien of Burlington and ridden by Brian Bell, was up for second by a nose over nine-year-old Countrys Comin Bac, owned by Ralph Pearson.  
 
Sent off as the 4 to 5 favourite against a strong field of eight other older horses, Had to Be Ivory paid $3.90 to win. Bred in Ontario, Had to Be Ivory is owned and was bred by Robertson’s wife Carol and daughter-in-law Jaime. The9th running of the Picov Maturity was the son of Ivory James’ 17th win in 23 career races. He now has earnings of over $292,000.
 
Scott, who was riding Had to Be Ivory for the first time, said the gelding had trained well coming into the Maturity and was sharp and ready for the Maturity. “He was leaning a little bit in the gate but I corrected him and he stood like a statue,” said Scott. “After that, he just exploded out of there and I just let him go.”
 
Robertson, a longtime member of the Quarter Horse racing scene in Ontario, prepared Had to be Ivory at the family’s Hillerin Farm this winter. “My son, Mike, he gallops him at home, his wife Jaime helps out and my wife Carol feeds the horses. It’s a family affair.”
 
Robertson received the CQHA Award for his contributions to the Quarter Horse breed in Canada, encompassing all disciplines of sport in addition to racing.
 
*Two Trial races for the $50,000 Princess Derby were also held on the June 1 card at Ajax Downs and both were won by 3-year-old fillies owned by Milena Kwiecien, trained by Jason Pascoe of Pontypool, and ridden by Ismael Mosquiera.
 
EYE LIVE FOR CANDY won the first Trial and set the fastest time of the two splits of 17.951 for 350 yards, edging John Wilson’s Oh My Gawd by a neck. The second Trial was won by Ontario-sired SW SNOWMAGICALLYKOOL, a daughter of Kwiecien’s stallion Maryland Magic, who won by a neck in a time of 17.968, the second-fastest time of all fillies in the Trials, over Don Reid’s JTC Lil Moonbar.
 
The $50,000 final of the Princess Derby, with the 10-fastest qualifiers, will be held on a special Father’s Day card of racing on Sunday, June 19.
 
*Racing at Ajax Downs continues on Wednesday, June 8 with a first race post time of 1:30 p.m. For more information on racing dates and the special event Sundays, visit www.ajaxdowns.com and follow us on social media @AjaxDowns.
 
Full live stream of June 1 races at Ajax Downs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcccGMd6RcQ 
 
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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.

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2022 CQHA Race Horse Breeder of the Year

Wesley Oulton is an active participant in Alberta’s Quarter Horse racing industry. In 2021 his AQHRA breeder stats were: 54 starts: 7 wins, 7 seconds, 10 thirds for earnings totaling $170,736CND

He was the breeder of the 2021 (25th Anniversary) Canada Quarter Horse Cup (RG3) Futurity winner: Wave Burner, whom is a fourth generation bred horse from his breeding program. Wave Burner’s great grandmother (A Dare You Dash) participated in the futurity’s inaugural running in 1997.

Owner of the stallion First Timber, he is only one of six stallions with progeny earnings of over $1 Million to stand in Western Canada, all accomplished while standing in Alberta. First Timber has been awarded the AQHRA Champion Sire each year since 2014.

Oulton is an AQHA 40 year breeder who bred and owns AQHA’s  2020 Canadian Racing Champion Eyesa Timber, which also helped him win the 2020 AQHA Canadian Hi-Point Breeder award. Wes has also been awarded the AQHRA Champion Breeder in each year consecutively since 2018.

Breeder of two nominees for 2021 AQHA Canadian Racing Champion: O First Sweet Heart and Wave Burner, the extent and acclamation of Wes’ breeding program is seen through Wave Burner. This gelding is a fourth-generation product. His grandmother was bred to one of the first stallions Wes stood in Alberta, El Rey Burner, producing the own daughter Sass N Dass. After a successful racing career, she was bred to First Timber and produced a daughter, First Prize Sass,  Wave Buner’s dam. The Gelding won the the Canada Cup Quarter Horse Futurity in a remarkable time of 20.4 seconds in 6″ of mud on the Century Mile Track.

Wes Oulton has spent years both developing and advancing the sport of Quarter Horse Racing in the Province of Alberta and North America.  He has volunteered countless hours on various boards and committees, including Horse Racing Alberta, Alberta Running Quarter Horse Association, and the AQHA.

First Timber continues to stand in Canada as the highest money earning Canadian Quarter Horse Stallion in Canadian history, proudly owned by Wesley Oulton and standing at Rolling O Ranch.

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2022 CQHA Performance Horse Breeder of the Year

Sandy Land Stables - Barry Foote

Barry Foote established Sandy Land Stables in 1980 with the vision of breeding quality AQHA Quarter Horses using a well bred band of brood mares and importing semen from the top Quarter Horse stallions in the world. Progeny from his breeding program are now showing internationally in both Western and English events. 

It has been proven that it takes great mares to consistently produce world caliber foals. The mares assembled by Sandy Land Stables are of that quality and are now producing third generation fillies who are being added to the band.

A member of AQHA for 40 years contributing to the production of top quality quarter horses and supporting the breed in many ways, through support and sponsorship of local quarter horse shows as well as sponsoring and attending the QHAA hosted Canadian National Quarter Horse Show in Red Deer, AB where many of his horses have had a great deal of success over the years including many National and Reserve National Championships and Futurity Champions. 

Barry has repeatedly supported and hosted 4-H members by offering up his facility for club events as well as giving clinics and lessons to youth and adults. He has always been a large supporter of youth involvement and education with horses.  Giving riding lessons from his facility every winter for many years teaching all levels of youth and adults from people who had never ridden before to those competing at quarter horse shows. Barry thoroughly enjoys helping people achieve their goals and abilities with their horses. 

One of the first mares Barry Foote started his breeding program with was Katies Solo a daughter of Swift Solo. Katie was an appendix quarter horse who Barry showed successfully to get her AQHA papers. 

Foote, being presented the Trophy Buckle for the 2022 CQHA Performance Breeder of the Year on March 26, 2022 by CQHA President, Dr. Gilles Seguin at the AQHA / CQHA Canadian Summit and Awards Banquet in Brandon, MB.

Katie went on to raise many foals who went on to compete with the best in the world. Barry Foote purchased Dynamically Designed when she retired from showing. She had an incredible show career winning multiple Canadian National Championships and Canadian National Superhorse titles under the guidance of Dean Ross. ‘Maggie’ went on to produce many more Canadian National Champions, Reserve Champions, and World Show qualifiers. Barry purchased ‘I’m Poppin Hot’ at the AQHA World Show sale and she has been

one of his top producing mares. She produced a filly “I’m Poppin Good” who has gone on to produce AQHA Champions and significant point earners. 

Barry Foote bred a stallion So Dignified who was by Diversified out of Katie Solo. Jigger sired many babies in the area including a Manitoba Superhorse 50/50 Futurity Champion. Barry Foote also stood working bred stallion Zans Hot Spur and between the two stallions and his mares consigned foals to local futurities including the Manitoba Superhorse 50/50 futurity. 

Barry bred Only Invitational who was purchased and taken overseas to Germany where he has been the number one Quarter Horse stallion in that Quarter Horse market and was the leading halter sire in the World for a time. 

Barry has utilized shipped semen as well as embryo transfer processes to successfully breed his mares over the years. Barry is well respected by everyone involved in the horse world locally and internationally. 

Barry’s current mare band includes daughters of Invitation Only, Machine Made, Too Sleepy to Zip, Zippos Mr Good Bar, RL Best of Sudden, No Doubt I’m Lazy, and VS Code Red. Barry has some of the best top quality bred mares in all of Canada. Barry has plans to breed to LL Cool Bay and Machine Made this spring. 

Barry Foote has shown one of his yearlings in the Gold Rush Futurity lunge line class at the Canadian National Quarter Horse show every year which he has won or taken reserve championships multiple times. Barry has also shown in the states winning lunge line classes there as well including the Emerald Futurity. 

Barry’s breeding program is well respected and he showcases his horses with confidence and people are always excited to see the baby’s he brings out. 

Barry has dedicated his life to producing the best bred Quarter Horses without ever receiving any recognition and there isn’t anyone more deserving of the Performance Horse Breeder of the Year award then Barry Foote. 

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Canadian Results from the 2021 NRHA Futurity

Congratulations to all the Canadians that made their mark on the 2021 NRHA Futurity.

Canada was well represented, in the ring and behind the scenes, CQHA Director Brad Bowie was an official announcer, and AQHA/ NRHA Judge & CQHA Director Lyle Jackson was there as an official.

Canadian owners, breeders, trainers, and non pro riders showed off their talents, taking home some nice size cheques, and all will have memories to talk about on into the future.

Here are the Canadian results from the 2021 National Reining Horse Association’s Futurity:

(L to R) CQHA Directors Brad Bowie & Lyle Jackson

Patrice St-Onge

Congratulations to Patrice St-Onge, Valleyfield, Quebec native, and owner of St-Onge Reining Horses located in Gainesville, Texas; St-Onge and Hostetler Performance Horses, the cosigners of the 2021 NRHA Futurity Prospect Sale High Seller "MMB Voodoo Gun"

The 2019 colt had been in training with St-Onge. He is sired by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Shiners Voodoo Dr, out of Silk Guns.

Breana Carsey and her family, purchase the colt with plans to develop him with trainer, Shawn Flarida.

Jesse Beckley for
Canadian Owner Norma Siebert

Congratulations to Jesse Beckley of Cranbrook, British Columbia and TrashyInYurDreams on winning the Level 2 & 3 Open Championship with a score of 222.5 which placed them fifth in the Level 4 Open.

TrashyInYurDreams is a 2018 sorrel stallion sired by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya out of This Chicsdundreamin, the team went home with earning of $120,652USD for owner Norma Siebert of Langley British Columbia.

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Jade Whitmarsh Canadian Bred, Family Owned

2021 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship's inaugural Bob’s Custom Saddles Intermediate Non Pro Showdown Championship title went to Cochrane, Alberta's Jade Whitmarsh.

Whitmarsh, rode Canadian bred 2013 Stallion. Sired by NRHA’s $13 Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz, out of Solitary Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun x full sister to Hollywoodtinseltown). He is owned and was bred by Marie Whitmarsh.

The pair finished in a three-way tie for the top score with a 210.5 triggering a run-off. As the final horse to go in the run-off Jade and "Cruz" bested their original run by five points, and claimed the Bob’s Custom Saddles Showdown Championship and took home $5,000USD!

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Reyzed On Crush

Congratulations to Canadian Breeder Sandy Corriveau, of Eckville, Alberta. Rayzed On Crush was the the Level 1 Reserve Championship with a score of 214, winning $4,326 for rider Raphael Bourdeau and owner Brian Kelly of Adh-Mor Ranch of Ponoka, Alberta.

Reyzed On Crush is by sired by Canadian stallion PS Mega Shine Chic out of Dual Rey Olena Play.

The pair was also sixth in Level 2 taking home $5,458.24USD for that run.

Open Futurity Finals - Prime Time Open
5 Trashy Guns 424 Duane W Latimer CAN XCS Ranch LLC Gunnatrashya
CR Guns Fancy
72 71½ 71½ 71 71 0 214 848.26
6 Ziggy Rocks 360 Duane W Latimer CAN Roxanne Koepsell Whizkey N Diamonds
Shes Got Good Guns
71½ 70½ 72½ 71 70½ 0 213 698.57
7 Mabnum Shining Gun 272

Patrice St-Onge

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CAN St-Onge Reining Horses Inc Colonel Shining Gun
Miss Magnum Pine
64½ 65½ 65 65½ 65 3 198½ 598.77
Open Futurity Finals - Level 1
2 Reyzed On Crush 402 Raphael Bourdeau USA Adh-Mor Ranch PS Mega Shine Chic
Dual Rey Olena Play
72 71 71 72 71 214 4,326.14
14 PT Seventy Eight 299 Shelby Mitchell  Geri Greenall Platinum Vintage
Payin On Time
68½ 69½ 69½ 69 69 207½ 1,274.90
25 Plum Got Spangled 200 Haley R Franc CAN Story Book Stables Star Spangled Whiz
Plum Reyning
68½ 68 67 67 68 203 766.91
Open Futurity Finals - Limited Open Level 2
1Trashinyurdreams256Jesse Beckley
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CANNorma A SiebertGunnatrashya
This Chicsdundreamin
747474½73½75½222½15,006.90
6 Reyzed On Crush 402 Raphael Bourdeau USA Adh-Mor Ranch PS Mega Shine Chic
Dual Rey Olena Play
72 71 71 72 71 214 5,458.24
20Mizzen Whiz Ya426Jesse BeckleyCANNicole L Driscoll Cathy DriscollGunnatrashya
Mizzen Whizzen
70½7068½70½70½2112,553.26
21Wannaflashya278Barbara BouchardCANMartin AudetGunnatrashya
Unquestionably Crome
70½7169½7069½2102,422.99
30Plum Got Spangled200Haley R FrancCANStory Book StablesStar Spangled Whiz
Plum Reyning
68½686767682031,237.55
32Mabnum Shining Gun272Patrice St-OngeCANSt-Onge Reining Horses IncColonel Shining Gun
Miss Magnum Pine
64½65½6565½65195½1,237.55
Open Futurity Finals - Level 3 Intermediate Open
1 Trashinyurdreams 256 Jesse Beckley CAN Norma A Siebert Gunnatrashya
This Chicsdundreamin
74 74 74½ 73½ 75½ 222½ 32,236.02

 

Open Futurity Finals - Level 4 Open
4 Trashinyurdreams 256 Jesse Beckley CAN Norma A Siebert Gunnatrashya
This Chicsdundreamin
74 74 74½ 73½ 75½ 222½ 73,409.13
22 Trashy Guns 424 Duane W Latimer CAN XCS Ranch LLC Gunnatrashya
CR Guns Fancy
72 71½ 71½ 71 71 214 10,810.74
25 Ziggy Rocks 360 Duane W Latimer CAN Roxanne Koepsell Whizkey N Diamonds
Shes Got Good Guns
71½ 70½ 72½ 71 70½ 213 10,208.87
26 All Guns On Crush 159 Dany Tremblay CAN Adh-Mor Ranch PS Mega Shine Chic
All Guns On Deck
72 71½ 70 69½ 70½ 212 9,906.29
Bob Custom Saddles NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Showdown
1 North Sail Solitaire 1065

Jade Marie Whitmarsh

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CAN Marie H Whitmarsh Topsail Whiz
Solitary Gunner
68½ (72½) 70½ (72) 70½ (72) 71 (71) 69½ (71½) 210½ (215½) 5,000.00
7 Lil Gunin Whiz 1064 Brooke Leneatha Whitmarsh CAN Marie H Whitmarsh Lil Gun
68 68 68½ 69 69 205½
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Level 4
22 Its All Gun 733

Andre De Bellefeuille

 

CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 210½ 4,167.69
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Level 3
13 Its All Gun 733 Andre De Bellefeuille CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 210½ 3,244.63
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Level 2
9 Its All Gun 733

Andre De Bellefeuille

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CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 210½ 2,987.40
27 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
69 67½ 66½ 69 68½ 205 851.14
Open Futurity Finals - Non Pro Prime Time
9 Its All Gun 733

Andre De Bellefeuille

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CAN Equine Plus Its All About Smart
Snow Gun
70 70½ 71 70 69 3 213½ 449.99
16 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
69 67½ 66½ 69 68½ 3 208 225.27
Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round - Level 1
14 Sudberryz Custom Sno 757 Kash Lang CAN Kash Lang Electric Snow
Cactus Berry
Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round - Level 3
6 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round - Level 4
18 Ms Jackie Cash 798 Martin Corbeil CAN Julie Latendresse Lil Joe Cash
Miss Walla Fairytale
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Canadian Results from the AQHA Open, Amateur & Select World Championship Shows

Canadian Results from the 2021 Farnam AQHA and Adequan® Select World Championship Shows and Adequan® Level 2 and Nutrena Level 1 Championships.

Photos courtesy of: Official AQHA World show photographer Shane Rux Photography, In Stride Edition, Go Horse Show, and Premiersires.com.

updated: November 24th, 2021

2021 Farnam AQHA World Champion

Champion – L1 Trail Stakes – AIR RYDE, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x KM HOT NUMBER) shown by SARA B SIMONS, AUBREY, TX owner: ANITA WIESCAMP, QUITMAN, TX breeder: BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

Champions – L3 Team Penning : JITTERS TIME,  2009, GELDING (ONE TIME PEPTO x JITTERS BROWN) rider: REMY GREER, HEMET, CA
breeder: DAVID W BROWN | MATES GONE WILD, 2012, GELDING(WILD HAIRED CAT x MARTINA MATE) rider: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada
breeder: DEAN DOMANN | SHEYKEN THEM BONES, 2009, GELDING (SMOOTH AS A CAT x SHEYSSMARTLITTLELENA)
rider: JAMES E GREER, HEMET, CA breeder: KENNETH F RODGERS MD All three horses are owned by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada

Reserve Champion – L3 Junior Reining – MARVELOUS SIXTYSIX, 2017, GELDING (INFERNO SIXTY SIX x PEPPY CHIC FINALE) shown by: TREVOR ELLIOTT DARE, LEXINGTON, OK (PRO) owned by: COURTNEY BATTISON, PURCELL, OK Breeder: JANNA IMRIE Erin, ON, CANADA

Bronze Champion – L1 Western Pleasure – CHICKLETT, 2018, MARE (THE ROCK x BEST LEXUS EVER MADE) exhibitor:  SARA B SIMONS, AUBREY, TX – owner: JULIE C BYRD, NORCO, CA, breedrs: K&L QUARTER HORSES/ BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

4th – L3 Senior Reining – CHICOWHIZ, 2015, STALLION (SMART CHIC OLENA x WHIZICLE) shown by: CODY V SAPERGIA, GAINESVILLE, TX owned by: LARIZZI CORPORATION , GAINESVILLE, TX breeder: EQUINE PLUS St. Basile Grand, QB, CANADA

4th – L3 Amt Team Penning- MATES GONE WILD, 2012, GELDING (WILD HAIRED CAT x MARTINA MATE) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: DEAN DOMANN

4th – L1 3yr Western Pleasure Stakes – MADE SLEEPY, 2018, GELDING (ONE HOT KRYMSUN x SLEEP MACHINE) exhibitor: GIL GALYEAN, PURCELL, OK (PRO) owner: GIL AND/OR BECKY GALYEAN, PURCELL, OK breeder: WILLIAM W COX, Ontario

4th – L3 Sr Western Riding – DUNIT ON THE RANGE, 2008, GELDING (OPENRANGE x EMERALD SELECTION) shown by: Clint Ainsworth, owned by: ROUND MEADOW RANCH EQUINE LLC, ATLANTA, GA breeder: TRACY RINZEMA Keene, ON, CANADA

5th – L3 Amt Ranch Sorting – SHEZA STING REY, 2014, MARE (DUAL REY x SHEZA STRAY CAT) owned & shown by: KURT ROBSON, CARSTAIRS, AB, Canada breeder: COWS & HORSES ETC

5th – L3 Amt Team Penning – QT WITH A BOOTY, 2009, MARE (WILD HAIRED CAT x AUTUMN DOX) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: CRYSTAL JAYANN LEHRMANN

5th – L1 Western Riding – AIR RYDE, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x KM HOT NUMBER) exhibitor: SARA B SIMONS, AUBREY, TX (PRO) owner: ANITA WIESCAMP, QUITMAN, TX, breeder: BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

8th – L3 Amt Two Yr Old Gelding – SKORED A PROPHET, 2019, GELDING (HE SHOOTZ HE SKORZ x PJ PROPHETS COOLSKIP) shown by: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owner & breeder: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada

10th – L3 Senior Barrel Racing – DANCIN N THE CASH, 2010, GELDING (KS CASH N FAME x DANCING IN MY HEART) ridden by: BRITTNEY HIPP, TUTTLE, OK owned by: BRAD OZEROGLU, KILLAM, AB, Canada breeder: LORI K WADDELL

11th – L3 Amt Ranch Sorting JITTERS TIME, 2009, GELDING (ONE TIME PEPTO x JITTERS BROWN) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: DAVID W BROWN

12th – L3 Amt Aged Mares – IEM A LOOKER, 2017, MARE (IEM THE ONE x LOOKIN FOR KISSES) shown by: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owned by: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada breeder: JOHN L OR BONNIE J BALL

14th – L3 Senior Dally Team Roping – Heading – DOCS BUENO SPARK, 2015, STALLION (TOMS BLUE BABY x ROCKIN T TRUDY) shown by: TATE D KIRCHENSCHLAGER, STEPHENVILLE, TX owned by: W6 RANCH, HUDSON HOPE, BC, Canada breeder: TOM OR SHELIA TRASK

14th – L3 Amt Hunt Seat Equitation – THE PETITE SECRET, 2012, GELDING (Canadian Stallion: DESIGNED BY SECRET x PETITE HEARTSTRINGS) owned & shown by: SYDNEY D SCHMIDT, LOWMAN, NY breeder: SHERYL CHILLSON, Brockville, ON

 

 

Adequan® Level 2 World Championships
Champion – L2 Sr Hunter Under Saddle – WITHOUT PERMISSION, 2015, GELDING (THE ULTIMATE FANCY x MY FAVORITE UNCLE 08) exhibitor: LINDSAY L SODERBERG-GEIGER, RED DEER COUNTY, AB, Canada (PRO) owner: JOHN & DONNA QUINTELL breeder: STACEY M STINSON, LOUISVILLE, KY
Champion – JP L2 Sr Hunter Under Saddle – WITHOUT PERMISSION, 2015, GELDING (THE ULTIMATE FANCY x MY FAVORITE UNCLE 08) exhibitor: LINDSAY L SODERBERG-GEIGER, RED DEER COUNTY, AB, Canada (PRO) owner: JOHN & DONNA QUINTELL breeder: STACEY M STINSON, LOUISVILLE, KY

Champion – JP L2 Two Yr Old Geldings – L2 Two Yr Old Geldings – SKORED A PROPHET, 2019, GELDING (HE SHOOTZ HE SKORZ x PJ PROPHETS COOLSKIP) exhibitor: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owner & breeders: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada

Reserve Champion – JP L2 Junior Hunter Under Saddle – KRUZIN FOR CALGIRLZ, 2017, GELDING (THE KRYMSUN KRUZER x GIRLS CALL THE SHOTS) exhibitor: CLAIRE MARCELL, COLLINSVILLE, TX owned by: GENELLE MCKENZIE, GARIBALDI HIGHLANDS, BC, Canada breeder: JAMES GAUTHIER JR

Reserve Champion – JP L2 Aged Mares IEM A LOOKER, 2017, MARE (IEM THE ONE x LOOKIN FOR KISSES) exhibitor: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owners: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada breeder: JOHN L OR BONNIE J BALL

Reserve Champion L2 Senior Western Pleasure – AIR RYDE, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x KM HOT NUMBER) exhibitor: ALICIA L CARROLL, ABILENE, TX owner: ANITA WIESCAMP, QUITMAN, TX breeder: BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

Reserve Champion JP L2 Senior Western Pleasure – AIR RYDE, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x KM HOT NUMBER) exhibitor: ALICIA L CARROLL, ABILENE, TX owner: ANITA WIESCAMP, QUITMAN, TX breeder: BRENT & KATE BAMFORD, FOOTHILLS, AB, Canada

Reserve Champion – JP L2 Senior Western Riding – MADE BY J, 2012, MARE (MACHINE MADE x DARK JASMINE) exhibitor: GIL GALYEAN, PURCELL, OK (PRO) owner: SUSAN L OSTRANDER breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

Bronze Champion – L2 Amt Select Western Horsemanship – HEZ SIMPLY WESTERN, 2015, GELDING (DRESS WESTERN x SIMPLY TALKIN SEXY) owned & shown by: APRIL GENTRY, OLYMPIA, WA breeder: MADELAINE DERKSEN Dugald, MB Canada

Bronze Champion – L2 Two Yr Old Geldings – SKORED A PROPHET, 2019, GELDING (HESHOOTZ HE SKORZ x PJ PROPHETS COOLSKIP) exhibitor: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owner & breeders: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada

Bronze Champion – L2 Aged Mares IEM A LOOKER, 2017, MARE (IEM THE ONE x LOOKIN FOR KISSES) exhibitor: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owners: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada breeder: JOHN L OR BONNIE J BALL

4th – L2 Amt Two Yr Old Geldings – SKORED A PROPHET, 2019, GELDING (HE SHOOTZ HE SKORZ x PJ PROPHETS COOLSKIP) shown by: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada bred & owned by: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada

5th – L2 Amt Hunt Seat Equitation – THE PETITE SECRET, 2012, GELDING (CANADIAN STALLION : DESIGNED BY SECRET x PETITE HEARTSTRINGS) Owned & shown by: SYDNEY D SCHMIDT, LOWMAN, NY breeder: SHERYL CHILLSON, Brockville, Ontario

5th – L2 Junior TrailEXTREMELY WICKED, 2016, GELDING (EXTREMELY HOT CHIPS x BEAUTI SLEEP) owned & shown by: CHARLIE BUSSIERES, NEUVILLE, QC, Canada breeder: TAMMY THOMPSON DYER

5th – L2 Senior Western Riding – MADE BY J, 2012, MARE (MACHINE MADE x DARK JASMINE) exhibitor: GIL GALYEAN, PURCELL, OK (PRO) owner: SUSAN L OSTRANDER breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

6th – L2 Amt Ranch Sorting –  STRIP TAZ, 2012, GELDING (PEPTO TAZ x STAR REYS) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: TLC RANCH

6th – L2 Junior Hunter Under Saddle – KRUZIN FOR CALGIRLZ, 2017, GELDING (THE KRYMSUN KRUZER x GIRLS CALL THE SHOTS) exhibitor: CLAIRE MARCELL, COLLINSVILLE, TX owned by: GENELLE MCKENZIE, GARIBALDI HIGHLANDS, BC, Canada breeder: JAMES GAUTHIER JR

7th – L2 Amt Aged Mares – IEM A LOOKER, 2017, MARE (IEM THE ONE x LOOKIN FOR KISSES) shown by: SANDY E KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada owner: KEN AND SANDY KIRTZINGER, HAY LAKES, AB, Canada, breeder: JOHN L OR BONNIE J BALL

7th – L2 Junior Cutting – TL BOONSTRUCK, 2017, STALLION (BOON A LITTLE x ONE PEPTO DIVA) owned & shown by: TROY DONALDSON, WATERFORD, ON, Canada breeder: JARRED ABNEY

8th – L2 Amt Hunt Seat Equitation – EAT PRAY LOPE, 2014, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x COOL COASTIN LADY) owned & shown by: MAGGIE M MCCRADY, BELLINGHAM, WA breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

10th – L2 Amt Hunter Under Saddle – KRUZIN FOR CALGIRLZ, 2017, GELDING (THE KRYMSUN KRUZER x GIRLS CALL THE SHOTS) owned & shown by: GENELLE MCKENZIE, GARIBALDI HIGHLANDS, BC, Canada breeder: JAMES GAUTHIER JR

10th – L2 Junior Working Cow Horse – Composite – TL BOONSTRUCK, 2017, STALLION (BOON A LITTLE x ONE PEPTO DIVA) owned & shown by: TROY DONALDSON, WATERFORD, ON, Canada breeder: JARRED ABNEY

10th – L2 Senior Western Pleasure – MAYBELINE, 2015, MARE (BATT MAN x RL SUDDEN FANCY) exhibitor: SUZANNE PICKARD, GLENCOE, ON, Canada owner: ANNIKA I REAR, RIPLEY, ON, Canada, breeder: JACK D CREDITT

11th – L2 Senior TrailLAZY LOOKER, 2013, GELDING (LAZY LOPER x ONLY WHEN INVITED) exhibitor: SHAYLEY A BEATON, HIGH RIVER, AB, Canada
owner: ELIZABETH BARTLETT GORSKI, WEST PALM BCH, FL breeder: LINDA BALL SARGENT

12th – L2 Junior Hunter Under Saddle – AL WAYS INCREDIBLE, 2017, MARE (ALLOCATE YOUR ASSETS x A GREAT RIDE) exhibitor: LINDSAY L SODERBERG-GEIGER, RED DEER COUNTY, AB, Canada (PRO), owner: STARLAND RANCH LLC, EL RENO, OK breeder: GREG HOLSTEGE

14th – L2 Senior Trail – LOPIN SO LAZY, 2011, MARE (LAZY LOPER x SHES ONLY GOOD) exhibitor: SHAYLEY A BEATON, HIGH RIVER, AB, Canada owner: NANCY G CHAPMAN TTEE NGC TRUST, COLLEGE GROVE, TN breeder: BRENT TINCHER, OXFORD, OH (PRO)

14th – L2 Senior Western Riding – THE HOT INTERN, 2010, MARE (PRESIDENTIAL ORDER x ZIPPED SO LIGHTLY) exhibitor: SHAYLEY A BEATON, HIGH RIVER, AB, Canada owner: BARBARA STOIA, PALM BEACH, FL breeder: REICHERT HORSE CO INC

16th – L2 Amt Western Pleasure – MAYBELINE, 2015, MARE (BATT MAN x RL SUDDEN FANCY) owned and shown by: ANNIKA I REAR, RIPLEY, ON, Canada
breeder: JACK D CREDITT

 
Adequan® Select World Championships

Champion – Amt Select Western Horsemanship HEZ SIMPLY WESTERN, 2015, GELDING (DRESS WESTERN x SIMPLY TALKIN SEXY) owned & shown by: APRIL GENTRY, OLYMPIA, WA breeder: MADELAINE DERKSEN Dugald, MB Canada

Champion – Amt Select Performance Stallions – HEAVEN SENT CHIC, 2008, STALLION (SMART CHIC OLENA x LITTLE LENA GIRL) owned & shown by: KELLY REY, SANGER, TX breeder: Canadian JIM BABCOCK, Sanger, TX

Reserve Champion – Amt Select Showmanship at Halter – COOL COASTIN MACHINE, 2014, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x COOL COASTIN LADY) exhibitor: SHELLEY OTNESS, WILLIAMSVILLE, IL owner: CAROL BETH OTNESS, DUVALL, WA, breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

Reserve Champions – Amt Select Team Penning – SHEZA STING REY, 2014, MARE (DUAL REY x SHEZA STRAY CAT) rider/ owner: KURT ROBSON, CARSTAIRS, AB, breeder: COWS & HORSES ETC | STRIP TAZ, 2012, GELDING (PEPTO TAZ x STAR REYS) rider / owner: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: TLC RANCH |ROYALY DUN N SAVANAH, 2013, GELDING (ONE TIME ROYALTY x SAVANAH HOLLI) rider / owner: KRISTIN LANE, HELENA, MT breeder: JANET LYNN BOWEN DVM

5th – Amt Select Ranch Sorting – STRIP TAZ, 2012, GELDING (PEPTO TAZ x STAR REYS) owned & shown by: DAVID RUBY, DIDSBURY, AB, Canada breeder: TLC RANCH

6th – Amt Select Hunter Hack – BLUE KAHLUA, 2013, GELDING (CHOCOLUA x EXOTIC AND BLUE) exhibitor: NANCY GULICK, SEATTLE, WA
owner: MONTLAKE FARM LLC, SEATTLE, WA breeder: Canadian ALYSE B ROBERTS, PURCELL, OK (PRO)

7th – Amt Select Working Hunter – BLUE KAHLUA, 2013, GELDING (CHOCOLUA x EXOTIC AND BLUE) exhibitor: NANCY GULICK, SEATTLE, WA
owner: MONTLAKE FARM LLC, SEATTLE, WA breeder: Canadian ALYSE B ROBERTS, PURCELL, OK (PRO)

9th – Amt Select Equitation Over Fences – BLUE KAHLUA, 2013, GELDING (CHOCOLUA x EXOTIC AND BLUE) exhibitor: NANCY GULICK, SEATTLE, WA owner: MONTLAKE FARM LLC, SEATTLE, WA breeder: Canadian ALYSE B ROBERTS, PURCELL, OK (PRO)

9th – Amt Select Pleasure Driving – BLUE KAHLUA, 2013, GELDING (CHOCOLUA x EXOTIC AND BLUE) exhibitor: NANCY GULICK, SEATTLE, WA
owner: MONTLAKE FARM LLC, SEATTLE, WA breeder: Canadian ALYSE B ROBERTS, PURCELL, OK (PRO)

10th – Amt Select Performance Geldings – COOL COASTIN MACHINE, 2014, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x COOL COASTIN LADY) exhibitor: SHELLEY OTNESS, WILLIAMSVILLE, IL owner: CAROL BETH OTNESS, DUVALL, WA, breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

13th – Amt Select Hunt Seat Equitation – LOPIN MAKES ME LAZY, 2018, GELDING (LAZY LOPER x ONE SOUTHERN GLOW) owned & shown by: SHARON J FORBES-HANKS, PILOT MOUND, MB, Canada breeder: DARREN M PUTNAM

14th – Amt Select Western Horsemanship – COOL COASTIN MACHINE, 2014, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x COOL COASTIN LADY) shown by: SHELLEY OTNESS, WILLIAMSVILLE, IL owned by: CAROL BETH OTNESS, DUVALL, WA
breeder: CORY SEEBACH/CANDICE HALL, BLACK CREEK, BC, Canada

 
Nutrena Level 1 Championships

Bronze Champion – L1 Amt Select Showmanship at Halter – SHESA HOT SELECTION, 2012, MARE (EXTREMELY HOT CHIPS x EMERALD SELECTION) shown by: MONICA PARDUHN owned by: JEFF PARDUHN 1994 REV TRUST, EDMOND, OK
Breeder : TRACY RINZEMA, Keene, ON, CANADA

Bronze Champion – L1 Amt Select Western Riding – LEMONMADE, 2012, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x ZIP N THERAPY) owned & shown by APRIL I WOOSTER, LUSELAND, SK, Canada breeder: BRET AND CANDY PARRISH

Bronze Champion – L1 Amt Select Trail – DUNIT ON THE RANGE, 2008, GELDING (OPENRANGE x EMERALD SELECTION) shown by: ANN WOODRUFF, ATLANTA, GA owned by: ROUND MEADOW RANCH EQUINE LLC, ATLANTA, GA breeder: TRACY RINZEMA Keene, ON, CANADA

4th – L1 Amt Select Showmanship at Halter – HEZ SIMPLY WESTERN, 2015, GELDING (DRESS WESTERN x SIMPLY TALKIN SEXY) owned & shown by: APRIL GENTRY, OLYMPIA, WA breeder: MADELAINE DERKSEN Dugald, MB Canada

6th- L1 Amt Select Western Pleasure – CHASING BATTERFLIES, 2016, MARE (BATT MAN x WHOS CHEATING WHO) owned & shown by PAMELA M JONES, CIRCLEVILLE, OH breeder: SCOTT AND LINDA BERWICK, CLARENCE CREEK, ON, CANADA

6th – L1 Amt Select Western Riding – DUNIT ON THE RANGE, 2008, GELDING (OPENRANGE x EMERALD SELECTION) shown by: ANN WOODRUFF, ATLANTA, GA owned by: ROUND MEADOW RANCH EQUINE LLC, ATLANTA, GA breeder: TRACY RINZEMA Keene, ON, CANADA

9th – L1 Amt Select Western Riding – MUGG SHOT, 2015, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x MY HOTTEST FANTASY) owned & shown by JACQUELINE S MARLOW, BOERNE, TX breeder: ROD JEFFRIES Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, ON, CANADA

9th – L1 Amt Select Western Horsemanship – LEMONMADE, 2012, GELDING (MACHINE MADE x ZIP N THERAPY) owned & shown by APRIL I WOOSTER, LUSELAND, SK, Canada breeder: BRET AND CANDY PARRISH

15th – L1 Amt Select Hunter Under Saddle – THE NEXT WIFE, 2017, MARE (THE NEXT DETAIL x MARRY AN MD) owned & shown by HEATHER M PRYDE, RED DEER COUNTY, AB, Canada Breeder: PAIGE QUARTERMAN

15th – L1 Amt Performance Halter Mares – MAYBELINE, 2015, MARE (BATT MAN x RL SUDDEN FANCY) owned & shown by ANNIKA I REAR, RIPLEY, ON, Canada, breeder: JACK D CREDITT

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AQHA Recognizes Canadian 50 yr Breeders

Shiney Golden Gun 2011 AQHA Stallion owned and standing at by Braun Ranch, Beechy, Sask.

AQHA announced the recipients of their 2021 50 year legacy breeders today.

Legacy breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 consecutive years.

Congratulations to:

50-Year Legacy Breeders

Jake E. Braun and Sons of Beechy, Saskatchewan.

Jake Braun bred his first Quarter Horse in 1959. Jake co-founded Matador Livestock Co. in 1975 which specialized in breeding and promoting working Quarter Horses. They consigned the high selling horse at the Denver National Show in 1978 and at the Agribition Ranch Horse Sale in 2002. He was the Breeder of the National Reining Horse World Champion in 1998 and has owned and stood three Quarter Horse Sires of World Champions. Their corporation has foals in 11 countries and four continents.*

60 years later the tradition of breeding quality horses at Braun Ranch continues with Jake’s son Brian and his wife Vicky.

* Information courtesy of the Saskatchewan Livestock Association.

50-Year Cumulative Breeders

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Irwin of Aldergrove, British Columbia

Ian Macrae of Hardisty, Alberta

Cumulative breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 years cumulatively.

2022 AQHA Breeder Banquet
The 2021 50-year breeders will be recognized at the AQHA Breeder Banquet during the 2022 AQHA Convention. The banquet is slated for Sunday, February 27, at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. AQHA will also recognize the 2021 AQHA Best Remuda and International Best Remuda, 2020 International Best Remuda, 2020 AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year, top Ranching Heritage Bred Sale of the Year and Top Money Earning Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year. Additional information about the banquet will be shared with the breeders. If you have questions about the list of breeders, email breeders@aqha.org.  

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Big Weekend of Action for Racing Quarter Horses in Alberta

The CQHA Breeder’s award for the  Canadian breeder who consigned the highest selling horse was Ralph Danard of Stony Plain, Alberta.

Danard bred and consigned Hip #1 HOTT CORONA which was also the sale’s highest selling yearling.

The weekend started off with the AQHRA Canada Quarter Horse Cup Sale on Friday. Originally there were 27 Lots consigned but only 16 yearlings and 3 aged horses passed through the sale’s ring.

The sale started out strong as Hip 1 HOTT CORONA (Obsessed With Corona x Im Hott Ur Nott (Tres Seis) maintained the top bid at $15,500. The brown stallion was consigned by Ralph Danard and purchased by Dale Zukoswki.

Hott Corona is an Alberta Bred and Alberta Sired offspring as his sire; Obsessed With Corona who stands in Alberta at Danard’s Running Quarter Horses and Paints.

Hip 9 and 22 both brought the second highest bid of $12,000. Hip 9: Northfork Boss, a gelded son of Jd Wagon Boss was bought by partnership Gehring/Stockwell/Wills from consignor Glenn Wills. Hip 12: O Seeyalater, a daughter of AQHA Champion Sire First Timber was bought by Jeff Rath from consignor Wesley Oulton.

Saturday saw Hortons Real Deal prevailed over Eyesa Timber in a blanket finish for the Alberta Bred Derby. Racing for owner/breeder Charles Stojan, Hortons Real Deal has now won four races in a row, pushing his 2021 earnings to nearly $30,000 USD. William Leech trained and Ricardo Moreno was the jockey. Third was Bright Foo Fighter.

Sunday featured two Quarter Horse races. The first was the Donalda Cochrane Memorial which was won by first time starter Our Storm Chaser for owner/breeder Barry & Janice Sather, trainer Misael Moreno and jockey Diego Benitez. Smokin Ziva was second and Vinnie The Streak third. After gate delays in the feature race the Alberta Bred (RG3) Futurity was finally run. Destello De Luna nosed out O First Sweet Heart. Winning owners were Jane Leech and Haley Moreno, trainer William Leech and jockey Ricardo Moreno. Wave Burner finished third.

Photo Credits:
Hott Corona/Our Storm Chaser >>Julie Brewster
Destello De Luna/Hortons Real Deal >> Ryan Haynes, Coady Photo CtM

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2021 CQHA Remuda Award

Fleetwood Farms Quarter Horses named 2021 CQHA Remuda

This award is proudly presented in partnership with  RW Hawkins Ranch of Rocky View County, Alberta

Written by Bob Hawkins


Fleetwood Farms Quarter Horses is multi-generational operation located on the scenic native grass land of southern Alberta. Their philosophy is simple:
Breed the best mares to the best stallions based on the strengths and weaknesses of the animals in the pairing.  The Fleetwood Quarter Horse is not designed by making breeding decisions based on the winnings of each parent, but by looking objectively at what each parent presents, and the consistent traits in the ancestry.

The Fleetwood family lives in the multi generational home built in 1906 and surrounded by their ranch land. The family make visitors feel so welcome and the visitors will remember this special event for a long time – this is a unique place on earth. Ryan enjoys taking visitors for “Horse Tours” where they travel around to each band of horses in different pastures so that people can see the horses they’d like to. Ryan and his family believe that they are doing what is best for the breed; the breed that was built on versatility.

Ryan is approaching 30 years as an AQHA breeder, is an AQHA Professional Horseman, a Calgary Stampede Horsemanship Judge, an equestrian judge, a clinician, a horse sale pedigree man, and he has been recently appointed by the AQHA to be a member of the International Committee.

A lot of effort and time goes in to develop a foundation for each weanling to progress with their training and give them extra value. It’s the Fleetwood way of ensuring that foal has a connection and gives value to it’s future owner, which in turn, Ryan believes protects that foal from unfortunate circumstances. It’s easy to spot a Fleetwood weanling, either in the field or under halter. They are very calm, knowledgeable and trustworthy – they look relaxed, and full of confidence.

Ryan, his wife Brandy and their daughters Taya, Truly & Tulsa love the ranch life, and their horses.

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Canadians Win 2020 AQHA Racing Challenge Titles

Charles Stojan (center) pictured in 2019 being awarded the same John Deere Owner of the Year Award, which he also claimed in 2020.

The owner / trainer team of Charles Stojan and William Leech had a number of achievements to celebrate in 2020.

With Free Thought extending his AQHA world record winning streak to eighteen, and impressive horses that dominated the racetracks in Alberta during the season, such as Stripstreak, Flight Club, and Light Footed, all qualifying for the AQHA’s  Bank of America Challenge Championships held October 24, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In doing so, Stojan was crowned the  John Deere Champion Owner of the year and Leech was named the Wrangler Champion Trainer of  the year, both very coveted honours in the world of Quarter Horse Racing internationally.

Winning these awards which are part of the AQHA Bank of America Challenge program takes dedication and results earned over a series of races held throughout the year in several different countries.

The horses who help their breeders, owners trainers and jockeys win these awards are enrolled in the lifetime program and earn points and winnings at races held worldwide, which contribute to the annual tally of points which see individuals named to these prestigious awards.

Stojan is a repeat winner of the owner award, he hails from Grande Prairie Alberta. Racing four horses in 2020 in multiple age categories, and collecting points and earnings in Canada and the United States he was awarded a custom belt buckle and John Deere Gator thanks to the AQHA sponsor for his achievements.

2020 Wrangle Champion Trainer of the year, William Leech from Sterling, Alberta faced a whole new set of challenges on the road to achieving this award, due to the Covid-19 world pandemic; for instance there was very limited racing here in Canada, and health and safety protocols at the racetracks meant there were significantly few on track training days. With boarder restrictions put in place by the Canadian government, the trip to New Mexico in October for the Bank of America Championship races was limited to just him and jockey Ricardo Moreno, leaving owner Charles Stojan and his family back at home cheering them on with the rest of Canada.

Congratulations to Charles and William, to their dedicated support team, and the incredible equine athletes who all assisted them in achieving these coveted awards.

 

Free Thought and Jockey Ricardo Moreno celebrating their 18th straight win, an AQHA would record!