By Jennifer HortonThe American Quarter Horse Journal August 14, 2013
2013 National Snaffle Bit Association World Championship Show is on in Tulsa - Jennifer Horton blogs her first-time exhibitor experience. (bar H Photography photo)
The futurity horses arrived in Tulsa for the NSBA Breeders Championship Futurity and NSBA World Championship Show August 10-18, 2013. Approximately 1,400 stalls will be filled by the end of the event, spotlighting western pleasure and hunter under saddle horses.
The week began with the Show Your Colors APHA and pointed AQHA shows. The AQHA show saw more than 1,550 entries for the two sets of points plus a special event for specific classes. The AQHA classes were conveniently scheduled to allow the horses and exhibitors to arrive from the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City that ended August 10.
The Tulsa weather has been unseasonably cool with rain storms coming up in the afternoons, chasing riders out of the many outdoor pens to the covered pens.
NSBA Breeders Championship Futurity classes began August 13, with 2012 2-year-old snaffle bit western pleasure world champion VS Flatline (Lazy Loper-Vital Signs Are Good by Zippos Mr Good Bar) named co-champion in the Breeders Championship 3-Year-Old open western pleasure, ridden by Jay Starnes, sharing the title with Twist Of Moonlite (Only In The Moonlite-Hotroddin Sweetie by Hotroddin Zippo) and Casey Willis. Both horses topped two of the four judges’ cards.
While I have attended this show before, this is my first trip as an exhibitor, so I am looking forward to the all-age novice horse/novice non-pro western pleasure at the end of the week. I get to see the horse from the inside of the fence this week!
Time management becomes the goal at this show, trying to correctly estimate the time for the classes to go or the time it will take you to prepare. With two arenas running, the management does a good job of keeping you informed as to the show’s progress.
The show offers a free live streaming webcast of both arenas. Friends and family at home can watch from there and exhibitors actually use their smartphones to check on the arenas without walking down there. Working orders are also available on the NSBA website.
Wednesday’s show continues with the Breeders Championship Futurity classes and trail classes, with a scheduled finish prior to the NSBA year-end awards ceremony and banquet and NSBA Hall of Fame presentations.
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