During the past three weeks, the top American Quarter Horses and their exhibitors competed at the 2023 Nutrena AQHA World Championship Show; AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan); Adequan® Level 2 Championships; and Nutrena Level 1 Champion of Champions classes. The show ended November 15 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The 2023 AQHA Superhorse Award is the top honor at the Nutrena AQHA World, and it’s awarded to the horse that earns the most points in three or more Level 3 events in three or more categories during the show.
The 2023 AQHA Superhorse is Hot Lopin Lily, owned by Caroline Cavallo of Staunton, Illinois.
The 2017 bay mare, by RL Best Of Sudden and out of Shes A Lopin Machine by A Good Machine, was bred by Twylla Lynn Brown from Perry, Missouri. Hot Lopin Lily earned 49 points in the Superhorse competition and was shown by AQHA Professional Horsemen Blake Weis of Pilot Point, Texas, and Ross Roark of Andrews, Texas. Hot Lopin Lily was the world champion in senior trail and performance halter mares, third in senior western riding and was eighth in senior western pleasure.
In addition to the title of 2023 AQHA Superhorse, they will receive a rose bouquet, a two-thousand-dollar Equibrand gift certificate, a bronze by Lisa Perry, and a Blue Ribbon Tack show saddle.
The 2023 Reserve AQHA Superhorse is Sevens Star Glo owned and bred by Marshall Wier of Lipan, Texas.
The 2017 buckskin stallion, by CSR Dual Glo and out of Sevens Tootsie by Hes Dun His Time earned 29 points and was shown by Logan Dee Harkey of Clyde, Texas; Cade Rice of Lipan, Texas; AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney of McFarland, Wisconsin; and Bethanie Ilene Shofner of Clyde, Texas. Sevens Star Glo won the world champion title in senior heading, was fifth in senior pole bending and performance halter stallions and was a finalist in senior tie-down roping and senior heeling.
The Reserve AQHA Superhorse receives a prize package that includes $10,000.
Placing third is Strutin To The Blues, owned by Rodger Call of Midway, Utah. The 2016 gray gelding, by Strutin On The Range and out of Dance To The Blues by Skys Blue Boy, was bred by Olivia Hoecker from Alachua, Florida. Strutin To The Blues earned 21 points and was shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Chuck Briggs of Azle, Texas. Strutin To The Blues was the world champion in senior hunter hack, fourth in senior working hunter and senior pleasure driving, and 10th in aged geldings.
Placing fourth is That Is That, owned by Michael Schultz from West Bend, Wisconsin. The 2018 gray gelding by Only Blue Sky and out of Detailed Assets by Allocate Your Assets, was bred by Jennifer Clark from Monon, Indiana. That Is That earned 20 points and was shown by AQHA Professional Horsemen Chuck Briggs of Azle, Texas. That Is That was the world champion in junior working hunter, the reserve world champion in junior hunter hack and was the bronze world champion in junior pleasure driving.
Placing fifth is Cee My Special Nite, owned by Libby Williams Haydon of Phoenix. The 2017 buckskin stallion is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Cee Dun It Do it by Hollywod Dun It, was bred by McQuay Stables of Aubrey, Texas. Cee My Special Nite earned 14.5 points and was shown by AQHA Professional Horsemen Pete Kyle of Amarillo, Texas, and Ross Roark of Andrews, Texas. Cee My Special Nite was the reserve world champion in performance halter stallions, finished fourth in senior reining and was a finalist in ranch riding and heading.
The third- through fifth-place AQHA Superhorses each receive $2,500.