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The 2020 AQHA Racing Canadian Champion Contenders

The Canadian Quarter Horse Association would like to acknowledge the below horses that are in contention for 2020 AQHA’s Racing Canadian Champion.

2020 was a challenge year for all aspects of the Equine Industry and we are grateful that racing foraged forward.

The 2020 AQHA Racing Championship Ceremony is at 6pm Central on January 14 at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. The Ceremony will be aired via live webcast at www.aqha.com/racing

COUNTRYS COMMIN BAC is a 2013 gelding by Country Chicks Man out of the dam Bac To Center (Splash Bac) foaled in Ontario. Owned by Ralph Pearson, bred by Marko Naterer and trained by Don Reid this gelding had a record of 9 starts: 2(1)-0-1 with earnings $27, 964 USD. He won the Ontario Bred Maturity.

DOUBLE CRUISE is a 2017 gelding by Bd Cruiser out of the dam Eye Cruise (Eye Take Time) foaled in Alberta. He raced for owner/breeder/trainer Tom Kenway with a record of 6 starts: 2(2)-2(1)-0 and earnings of $28,418 USD. He won the Alberta Bred Derby and the Canada QH Cup Derby

EAZY STREET a 2017 gelding by Mighty B Valiant out of Easily Holland (Holland Ease) bred in Ontario. He raced for owners Carol & Jamie Robertson, breeder Buylaine Paquin and trainer Bryn Robertson. From 7 starts he had a record of 2- 2(1)-1(1) and earnings of $25,934 USD. He was second in the Picov Derby and third in the Ontario Bred Derby.

EYESA TIMBER a 2018 gelding by First Timber out of Eyesa Perry (Mr Jess Perry) foaled in Alberta. A record from 7 starts of 4(2)-2-0 and earnings of $56,491 USD. He raced for owner/breeder/trainer Wesley Oulton, winning the Alberta Bred (RG3) Futurity and Canada QH Cup (RG3) Futurity.

FIESTY ICON a 2012 gelding by Sugarman Perry out of Fiesty Spirit (Special Effort) foaled in Ontario. Raced by owner/trainer Richard Kennedy and bred by Picov Cattle Company. He earned $45,197 USD from 9 starts 3(2)-3(1)-2. He was 1st in the Ontario Sire Stakes Maturity, 1st Alex Picov Memorial Championship and 2nd Ontario Bred Maturity.

HAD TO BE RELENTLESS a 2018 Ontario foaled gelding by Hes Relentless out of Had To Be Fandango (Hadtobenuts). He raced for owner/breeder Carol & Jamie Robertson and trainer Bryn Robertson. A record of 1-4(1)-1(1) from 6 started earning $35,190 USD. He was 2nd in the Alex Picov Memorial Futurity and 3rd in the Ontario Bred Futurity.

HANOVER HILL CHALSEE a 2017 Ontario foaled filly by Make Out Artist out of Secret Sugarwoman (Sugarman Perry). She raced for owner/breeder Picov Cattle Co and trainer Richard Kennedy. She won the Ontario Bred Derby and had a record of 4(1)-1-2 from 9 starts earning $38,236 USD.

JESS CAROLINAS AWARD a 2017 filly by Winners Award out of Jess Carolina (Feature Mr Jess). She raced for owner/breeder Rick Crispi and trainer Tom Dunlap. In 8 starts she earned $35, 474 USD

ONE KOOL DYNASTY a 2017 filly by Fdd Dynasty out of One Kool Bud (Strawflyin Buds). Bred in Ontario by William “Bill” Taggart, owned by Belinda Taggart and trained by Carol McIntyre she earned a record of 4(1)-3(1)-1(1) from 10 starts and earnings of $47,454 USD. She was 1st in the Princess Derby, 2nd Ontario Bred Derby and 3rd Picov Derby.

TWIXT OF FATE a 2018 Ontario bred gelding by Streakin Six Cartel out of Eyesa Quick (Eyesa Special). Racing for breeder Gary McNichol, owner Richard Wincikaby and trainer Michelle Woodley. He earned $28,489 USD from 4 starts with a record of 2(1)-1-0. He won the Ontario Bred Futurity.

Ontario images provided by New Media Images (Clive Cohen) and Alberta images by Coady Photography (Ryan Haynes).

Stat source: Equibase

About the AQHA Racing Champions

Each year, AQHA awards the top American Quarter Horses in the racing industry at the AQHA Racing Champions Ceremony. The Champions ballots for each equine category are determined by a collection of criteria. Some automatically make the ballot based on earnings. Others are nominated and voted onto the ballot by the AQHA Racing Committee. Members of the Champions Selection Subcommittee then meet to review the finalists and cast their ballots to determine each champion. Ballots for Breeder, Owner, Trainer and Jockey of the Year consist of the individuals with the best overall placing according to money earned, races won and performance in graded stakes. Winners are likewise chosen by the Champions Selection Subcommittee. More details on the AQHA Selection Process can be found here.

 

Individual voting results will be made public at the AQHA Racing Champions Ceremony on January 14 at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City.

 

The AQHA Racing Champions Ceremony is sponsored by Bank of America, John Deere, Nutrena, Wrangler, Adequan® and Heritage Place.

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Canadian Horse Journal Partners with CQHA

Working Together to Represent Canada’s Quarter Horse Community

Updated: October 30, 2020

If you are a Canadian who owns or breeds Quarter Horses, there is no better time to join the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA), now offering free memberships to all Quarter Horse owners and breeders in Canada.

Now, among the many exciting initiatives planned for 2021, and thanks to an exciting new partnership with Canadian Horse Journal (CHJ), CQHA members are eligible for select benefits including reduced subscription rates to Canadian Horse Journal (CHJ), Canada’s award-winning national horse magazine published by Horse Community Journals Inc (HCJ).

Within the Canadian horse community, the CHJ-CQHA partnership represents a growing trend of like-minded horse people working together to strengthen and promote our industry. Every month, more than 100,000 Canadians rely on HCJ’s multimedia platforms to deliver the industry news they need and the content that connects them to their equine interests and passions. This powerful communication vehicle will now include the latest CQHA news, promotions, resources for breeders and owners, programs such as “Q Horse Heroes” — recognizing Canada’s unsung heroes within the community — contests and special offers.

Quarter Horses are one of the world’s most versatile horses, and you will find them at virtually every horse barn and horse event in Canada, no matter the discipline. As of 2019, the tally of Quarter Horses in Canada was 242,516, representing more than one-quarter of the total Canadian herd. With over 13,000 members in Canada, and now by partnering with Canadian Horse Journal, CQHA is making exceptional strides to represent, educate, promote, and grow their association.

Become a CQHA member today, at www.cqha.ca.

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New Learning Opportunity for Equine Caregivers and Professionals

Free online training is the latest initiative out of the gate to raise awareness about Canada’s standard of care for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules
(10 SEPT 2020 Cochrane, AB, Canada) – The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) has launched an online training program in an effort to increase awareness around nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of equines.
“This new video series provides a timely refresher about management and welfare practices for the animals in our care,” says project coordinator Mikki Shatosky. “Be it housing, health management, transportation or other animal husbandry practices, there are requirements and recommendations that must be part of our everyday routines.”
Structured around the 10 sections of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines, the video series includes the latest science based information on equine care.
“The online program is designed for participants to work through sections at their own pace,” adds Shatosky. “The modules vary in length from five to 40 minutes each for more in-depth topics such as health management and husbandry practices.”
Recognizing differing learning goals and priorities, HWAC offers two convenient training options. Participants can choose to explore individual components and move through training units on the HWAC website at no cost. Those looking for a more structured approach and certification may opt to access the training via the HWAC learning portal for a fee of $25. The latter path includes testing upon course completion as well as a certificate.
In addition to the informative videos, HWAC has developed a number of tailored assessment checklists to assist owners, custodians, industry specialists and professionals. The content will inform and educate authorities involved in welfare inspections, cruelty investigations and aid in determining outcomes for accepted standards of care.
“The intent of our support tools is to provide access to the latest information while encouraging the highest quality care,” she adds. “Not only do our checklists prompt owners to ask key questions before a care arrangement is established, they also facilitate continuous improvement within the industry itself.”
Established in 2008, HWAC has a proven track record of working within the equine sector to educate and promote humane care, handling and welfare of equines throughout their lifetime. The Alliance includes provincial equine organizations, farm animal care groups and other segments of the animal agriculture industry.
“Anyone who has experienced the joys of equine knows it is a great privilege and enduring responsibility,” she adds. “These are special connections that often last for many years, so it’s important to confirm your practices are keeping pace with evolving care and handling techniques.”
Visit www.horsewelfare.ca/equine-code-training for more information and to begin training.
The Equine Code of Practice Awareness and Education initiative is managed through the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada and funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriAssurance Program – a federal, provincial, territorial initiative.
Contact: Mikki Shatosky 403-870-8784 design@declercq.ca