The American Quarter Horse JournalApril 16, 2012
The tentative schedule for the 2012 Battle in the Saddle is now available. Battle in the Saddle, July 3-8 in Oklahoma City, showcases the many talents of the great American Quarter Horse, and is one event that shouldn’t be missed! The 2012 event will feature versatility ranch horse competition, cutting, roping, cowboy mounted shooting, barrel racing, working cow horse, ranch sorting, ranch pleasure, a ranch remuda challenge and the third annual World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout. Battle in the Saddle will also host the 2012 Merial Ranch Sorting National Championships.In order to involve as many alliance events as possible, AQHA welcomed the Ranch Sorting National Championships as a new alliance partner. As a result, RSNC members who compete on American Quarter Horses have the chance to earn points and qualify for both an AQHA world championship show and the RSNC National Finals during the same class. Battle in the Saddle will also host the World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout, which puts one horse, one rider and one bridle together for four exciting western performance events. The open riders must exhibit their American Quarter Horses in four events: herd work, similar to cutting; rein work, similar to reining; steer stopping; and fence work. The Shootout will feature two riders per association – AQHA, National Cutting Horse Association, American Rope Horse Futurity Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association and Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association. This year, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery will be donating a hat to the winner of the World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout at Battle in the Saddle. The winner will also be nominated to the 2013 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman competition held in conjunction with the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in San Angelo, Texas. Battle in the Saddle is owned by Oklahoma State Fair and managed by the American Quarter Horse Association. All breeds are welcome, but American Quarter Horses competing will receive AQHA points.This year’s Battle in the Saddle will include $144,000 in added money, making more than $300,000 in purses. The event will once again be featured on RFD-TV. To view and download the full event schedule and get the latest updates visit www.battleinthesaddle.com and the Battle in the Saddle Facebook page.AQHA news and information is a service of AQHA Publications. For more information on The American Quarter Horse Journal or America’s Horse, visit AQHA Publications.