During the past three weeks, the top exhibitors and horses competed at the 2021 Farnam AQHA World Championship Show; AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan); Adequan® Level 2 Championships; and Nutrena Level 1 Championships. The show runs through November 20 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The 2021 AQHA All-Around Amateur Award is presented to the exhibitor and horse team that earns the most points in three or more Level 3 amateur events in three categories during the show.
The 2021 AQHA All-Around Amateur is Morgan Ratkowski of Pleasant View, Tennessee, who showed her American Quarter Horse, Better Buy The Minit. The 2005 bay gelding by Do You Have A Minute and out of Tickle My Asset, was bred by Kramer/Davis of Reddick, Florida. Ratkowski and Better Buy The Minit earned 57 points in the all-around amateur competition. The team earned the amateur world champion titles in working hunter, hunter hack, and equitation over fences and the reserve world champion title in amateur hunt seat equitation.
The All-Around Amateur received $10,000 and a Lisa Perry Bronze.
The Reserve All-Around Amateur is Angela Wade of Wellington, Florida, who showed her American Quarter Horse, A Soxy Dream. The 2013 sorrel mare by A Dream Remembered and out of Roxie Soxy, was bred by Robbie and Janice Free from Bradford, Arkansas. Wade and A Soxy Dream earned 37 points. They earned the world champion title in amateur trail and placed fifth in amateur western riding and amateur horsemanship. The pair were also finalists in amateur performance halter mares.
The Reserve All-Around Amateur received $5,000 and a silver cup.
Placing third is Mallory Vroegh of Grimes, Iowa, who showed the American Quarter Horse Ill B Batting Ona RV, owned by Shannon Walker from Grimes, Iowa. The 2016 bay mare by Batt Man and out of Ill Be Dun Won It, was bred by Vickie Kent of Graceville, Florida. Vroegh and Ill B Batting Ona RV earned 34 points. They earned the world championship title in amateur showmanship, sixth in amateur performance halter mares and eighth in amateur trail.
Placing fourth is Natalia Kay DeVencenty of Pueblo, Colorado, who showed her American Quarter Horse, Moonlite Madnez. The 2014 brown gelding by Only In The Moonlite and out of Chex So Good, was bred by Kenneth and Lisa Elam of Gallatin, Tennessee. DeVencenty and Moonlite Madnez earned 30 points. The team earned the world champion title in amateur horsemanship, were third in amateur western riding and finalists in amateur aged geldings.
Placing fifth is Kaleena Weakly of Shelbyville, Illinois, who showed her American Quarter Horse, Definately A First. The 2009 chestnut gelding by Indefinate and out of Im Your Cue was bred by 7-Bar of Marble Falls, Texas. Weakly and Definately A First earned 17 points. They earned the reserve world champion title in amateur showmanship. The pair were also finalists in amateur aged geldings.
The third- through fifth-place All-Around Amateur finalists received $1,500.
During the past three weeks, AQHA Select all-around amateur contenders competed in a variety of events throughout the AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan).
The 2021 Select All-Around Amateur is Kimberly Stewart Burritt of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Burritt showed her American Quarter Horse, Do You Have A Winner.
The 2011 gray gelding by Good Terms and out of Do You Have A Dream, was bred by Heather Himelick of Connersville, Indiana. Burritt and Do You Have A Winner earned 36 points by earning the world champion title in Select equitation over fences and reserve world champion titles in Select working hunter and Select hunter hack. They also placed fifth in Select jumping.
Burritt received a prize package that included $10,000 and a Lisa Perry Bronze.
The reserve Select all-around amateur is Scott Allen Reinartz of Aubrey, Texas, who showed his American Quarter Horse, Investin A Goodbar. The 2009 sorrel gelding by Ima Zippo Good Bar and out of Foxy Asset, was bred by Jim Dudley of Columbia, Missouri. Reinartz and Investin A Goodbar earned 34.5 points. The team earned the world champion title in Select showmanship, were third in Select pleasure driving, seventh in Select trail and finalists in Select aged geldings.
Reinartz received $5,000 and a silver cup.
The third-place Select all-around amateur is Laina Banks of Schulenburg, Texas, who showed her American Quarter Horse, Strawberri Wine. The 2008 red roan mare by Openrange and out of Buddys Buffalo Gal was bred by Katie Green of Pilot Point, Texas. Banks and Strawberri Wine earned 33 points. They earned the world championship title in Select western riding and reserve world championship title in Select horsemanship. They also placed 10th in Select performance halter mares and were finalists in Select showmanship.
The fourth-place Select all-around amateur is Kim Burrell Gutowski of Littleton, Colorado, who showed her American Quarter Horse, Toucht. The 2011 bay gelding by A Touch Of Sudden and out of Miss Zippo Chex was bred by Robert and Sandra Brown of Waukee, Iowa. Gutowski and Toucht earned 27.5 points. They placed third in Select horsemanship, fifth in Select showmanship and 10th in Select trail. They were also finalists in Select performance halter geldings.
The fifth-place Select all-around amateur is Tina McElroy of Rome, Ohio, who showed the American Quarter Horse, Giv Romance A Chance, owned by Joann Marsinek Haney from Rootstown, Ohio. The 2012 bay gelding by A Chance For Romance and out of Skys Castle Magic was bred by Amy Brosch of Howey In The Hills, Florida. McElroy and Giv Romance A Chance earned 26.5 points. They placed fourth in Select hunt seat equitation, fourth in Select equitation over fences, eighth in Select pleasure driving, eighth in Select hunter hack and ninth in Select working hunter.
The Select all-around amateur third- through fifth-place award winners each received $1,500.
Gene Graves Super-Select Special Recognition
AQHA also awarded the Gene Graves Super-Select Special Recognition Award. The award is presented to the Super-Select exhibitor, age 70 and over, earning the greatest number of points in competition at the 2021 Adequan® Select World.
The 2021 Gene Graves Super-Select Recognition Award recipient is Rick Neff of Galt, Missouri. Neff showed his American Quarter Horse, Wicked Boy AW. The 2015 sorrel gelding by Dash Ta Fame and out of Wicked Felina CL, was bred by Alan Woodbury of Dickinson, North Dakota. Neff and Wicked Boy AW earned the title with 22 points. They were crowned world champions in Select stake race and reserve world champion in the Select pole bending.
Neff and Wicked Boy AW received a specially designed plaque.
About the Farnam AQHA World and Adequan® Select World
The 2021 Farnam AQHA World and Adequan® Select World are the premier events in the equine industry for amateur, Select amateur and open exhibitors. The combined show also hosts the Adequan® Level 2 and Nutrena Level 1 championships. The shows are being hosted in accordance with local, state and federal mandates. The shows feature over three weeks of exciting competition, educational opportunities and a bountiful trade show. For more information, visit www.aqha.com/world show.
About the Sponsors
Adequan®, the official equine joint therapy of AQHA, is the proud title sponsor of the Adequan® Select World and the Adequan® Level 2 Championships. When you choose a joint therapy for your horses, choose Adequan®.
Nutrena feed isn’t just grown, it’s crafted. Real science goes into putting the nutrients animals need into each Nutrena® feed product. Nutrena is a proud supporter of AQHA programs including the Nutrena Level 1 Championships, Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinics and AQHA Professional Horsemen. Learn more about AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena.
Founded in 1946 and celebrating its 75th Anniversary, Farnam Companies Inc. has grown to become one of the most widely recognized names in the animal health products industry, and has become one of the largest makers of equine products in the country. That’s why no one offers a more complete selection of horse care products. Farnam Horse Products serves both the pleasure horse and the performance horse markets with products for fly control, deworming, hoof and leg care, grooming, wound treatment and leather care, plus supplements.
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