The American Quarter Horse JournalDecember 10, 2012
Qualified Versatility Ranch Horse and cowboy mounted shooting exhibitors need to enter by February 1, 2013.
The 2013 Pfizer Versatility Ranch Horse and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship Show, which will feature an AQHA ranch pleasure class and Ranching Heritage Challenge, is right around the corner. The shows are February 28-March 2, 2013, in Houston, as part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The qualifying deadline of December 31 is fast approaching for the Versatility Ranch Horse and Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Show exhibitors. Qualified exhibitors need to enter by February 1, 2013.
The show will consist of the most competitive versatility ranch horses and cowboy mounted shooting horses in AQHA, and they will be ridden by some of the best horsemen and -women in the industry.
The Versatility Ranch Horse competition promotes the athletic ability and versatility of the horse and is demonstrated in five categories: ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, working ranch horse and ranch conformation. The divisions offered at this world championship show will be for open and amateur.
Cowboy mounted shooting joined the AQHA family of world shows in 2012, making the world show competition even more exciting. Competitors race against the clock as they run through a pattern set of 10 balloons and at least one barrel. The competitor to complete the pattern with the fastest time and most balloons shot will take home the world champion title.
Entries for the ranch pleasure class and Ranching Heritage Challenge are also due February 1, 2013. For more information and rules regarding these events, click here.
The Ranching Heritage Challenge highlights the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of American Quarter Horses that are ranch born and raised. Any horse bred by a AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder is eligible to compete in the challenge.
In ranch pleasure competition, the horse’s performance should simulate a horse riding outside the confines of an arena and that of a working ranch horse. This class, added to AQHA competition in 2012, should show the horse’s ability to work at a forward, working speed while under the rider’s control.
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