Categories
News Breeder News

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.  

Categories
News General News Member News Affiliates News Breeder News Uncategorized

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

Categories
News Breeder News

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.

Categories
News General News Breeder News

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!