AQHA World Championship Show Wrap-Up

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Nearly 4,500 entries converged at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City to vie for the AQHA’s coveted golden globes and more than $2.3 million in purse and prizes.

That’s a wrap on the 2018 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show! Amateur and open exhibitors from the United States, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom competed for 99 world championships and 90 Level 2 Championships champion titles.

More than 1,900 horses and 1,400 exhibitors competed in western, English and halter events, with nearly 4,500 entries in these events. 

In addition to Level 3 and Level 2 classes, the AQHA SuperhorseAQHA All-Around Amateur, OKC Leading Owner, The American Quarter Horse Journal Reserve Leading Owner and the top AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses in both the amateur and open divisions were awarded at the show. The show also featured the inaugural Pleasure Versatility Challenge.

The show also offered five Level 1 (horse) stakes classes with added money; three of the Level 1 (horse) stakes classes were new to this year’s show. Exhibitors in the Level 1 stakes classes competed for $1,000 in added money in each class, plus 75 percent of the entry fees. 

Again this year, more than $150,000 was added to the halter prize money thanks to the generosity of 10-year cumulative breeders. The halter bonanza also recognized the top Level 2 exhibitors in both the open and amateur divisions, splitting $10,000 between them.

One of the highlights of the various special events at the World was the Match Roping. Roping fans filled the stands for the star-studded event featuring Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tie-down roping champions. First, young guns Cory Solomon and Timber Moore went head to head, with Timber taking home $10,000 in prize money. Then legends Blair Burk and Cody Ohl competed for $7,500, with Blair taking home the cash. Moore won the overall Young Gun vs. Legend showdown. 

AQHA retained the services of speed-event ground expert John Laws to ensure the Association provided top ground conditions for the World exhibitors and horses competing in speed events at the show. The speed events were also scheduled at the beginning of the show to ensure that the ground could be monitored without having to work the arena for different disciplines in between these classes.

AQHA Professional Horsemen volunteered their time to give free Ride the Pattern clinics. These clinics gave exhibitors and spectators the perfect opportunity to learn how AQHA Professional Horsemen would approach a specific 2018 World class or pattern. Thanks in part to Nutrena’s generosity to match the amount donated at the Ride the Pattern clinics, the Professional Horsemen Crisis Fund raised more than $4,000. The AQHA Professional Horsemen also hosted an online auction raising nearly $25,000 for the crisis fund.

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The Lucas Oil Superhorse title is awarded to the horse that earns the most points in three or more Level 3 events in three categories during the show. This year, 22 contenders competed to take home this prestigious award. Blue Kahlua, owned by Montlake Farms LLC of Seattle, was crowned the 2018 Lucas Oil Superhorse. The 2013 brown gelding by Chocolua and out of Exotic And Blue was bred by Alyse Roberts of Tuttle, Oklahoma. Blue Kahlua was shown by AQHA Professional Horsemen Chuck Briggs of Azle, Texas. The team earned 25.5 points by earning the reserve world championship title in junior pleasure driving, third in junior working hunter and in junior hunter hack and was a finalist in the performance halter geldings.

The AQHA All-Around Amateur Award is presented to the exhibitor and horse team that earned the most points in three or more Level 3 amateur events in three categories during the show. This year, 19 contenders qualified to compete for the title. Angela Fox of Frisco, Texas, earned the title of 2018 AQHA All-Around Amateur

Fox showed her American Quarter Horse, HP The Rusty Fox. The 2015 sorrel gelding, who is by Mechanic and out of Sheza Pleasure by Nite Chip, was bred by Mariann Harrington and Joe Prause of Cabot, Arkansas. Fox and HP The Rusty Fox earned 38 points. They placed third in amateur hunter under saddle, third in amateur performance halter geldings, fifth in amateur showmanship and seventh in hunt seat equitation. 

For the amateur and open divisions, the owners and breeders of the top placing AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses each received $250. The owners also received a specially designed trophy. In the amateur division, Samantha Smith of Royse City, Texas, rode the 2006 grey gelding Guns A Flippin (Playgun-Flips Lil Angel by Colonel Flip), bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC of Douglas, Wyoming. In the open division, Lincoln Figueiredo of Brazil, took home the win with the 2009 bay mare Weavers Playgem (Gems And Starlight-Budhas Playgun by Playgun), bred by Stan and Nancy Weaver of Big Sandy, Montana. There were 156 horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders that competed in Level 3 and Level 2 classes at this year’s Lucas Oil World.