By Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse JournalJune 10, 2011
A cutting clinic rider at the 2011 Region Eleven Championship. Photo by Jurgen Seyler.
Wink and Oscar Crigler have been prepared for the worst for 20 years. But for the first time, the Criglers are actively defending their X Diamond Ranch in Greer, Arizona, from a rampaging wildfire, which is burning about a quarter of a mile away from their back porch.
“I’ve worked on (the property) for 20 years – I’ve thinned the trees so that they’re very nicely spaced and well thinned out,” Wink says. “I cleaned out all of the underbrush so that we don’t have a heavy fuel load. I’ve got a waterline that runs on gravity flow in the event that we need water to water the fields and stuff right around the house, and also so that the pumper trucks can get water.
“Around the ranch headquarters, all of the grasslands are pretty much burned. But all of the animals are safe – all of our horses and our cows are safe, and all the ranch headquarters are safe.”
As frightening as an approaching wildfire is, Wink has been reassured that her preparations have left the X Diamond Ranch in a defensible position.
“It’s been a longtime project that we’ve worked on just because we knew that this could happen someday. Now it’s happening, and we have a lot of preparation. The fire crews are telling us that we’re very, very, very defensible here,” she says. “They’re actually going to come in today and burn right up to the middle so that it’s clean,even though there’s very little fuel. They just want to eliminate any fuel at all that’s out there. It’ll be a very manageable fire because of the fuel load’s reduction. It’s something that we worked on for 20 years – thinning and cleaning, thinning and cleaning, thinning and cleaning.”
In addition to preparing their land for a wildfire, Wink and Oscar have stocked up on feed and hay for their horses and cattle and extra groceries for themselves.
“We’re on lockdown here, so I can’t leave, or if I leave, I can’t come back,” Wink says.
“It’s very scary when you look out the window, and it’s almost like you could reach out there with a marshmallow on a stick, and it’s there.”
If you know of other AQHA members who have been affected by the fires in Arizona, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three AQHA Showing Rules Modified
The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee has approved modifications to three AQHA showing rules. Here are the modifications:
For more information regarding the rule changes, visit AQHA.com.
College National Finals Rodeo
Can’t stand to wait until December for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo? You can get your rodeo fix this weekend with the College National Finals Rodeo, which begins Sunday, June 12, in Casper, Wyoming. The event runs through June 18, and you can follow the action on Twitter at www.twitter.com/collegerodeo or by searching on Twitter for #CNFR.
The CNFR is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. National team championships are awarded to both men’s and women’s teams. More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from more than 100 universities and colleges compete each year at the CNFR.
National Pole Bending Association The National Pole Bending Association Championship Show kicks off June 10 and runs through June 12 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. The Kentucky Quarter Horse Association will award the highest-placing Kentucky-bred American Quarter Horse $200 in each go-round of the NPBA Futurity, which is for horses 5 and under. For more information, check out www.polebending.org.
Region Eleven Championship
Exhibitors from Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and The Netherlands and five AQHA affiliates took part in the Region Eleven Championship June 3-5 in Mooslargue, France.
A total of 90 horses hauled in to compete; the event included cattle classes and an FEI CRI reining, for a total of 348 entries.
The Region Eleven Championship also offered a variety of clinics with top trainers of various disciplines, such as showmanship, horsemanship, western pleasure, trail or western riding clinics with husband-wife team Guylaine Deschenes and AQHA judge Pierre Ouellet of Italy. The reining clinic was taught by Morey Fisk of France.
“The facility is very beautiful, and the people involved couldn't have been better,” says AQHA Director of International Affairs David Avery. “I have attended three of the last four Region Eleven Championships, and one thing I always enjoy is to see the reaction of the competitors when our awards are presented! This show is designed to bring new owners and exhibitors of Quarter Horses together with professionals in a more relaxed atmosphere.”
If you’d like to read more about the 2011 Region Eleven Championship, you’ll have to wait for the July issue of the Journal Plus. The Journal Plus is free to The American Quarter Horse Journal subscribers.
The National Reining Horse Association is taking extra precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all of horses at the NRHA Derby June 27 - July 2 in Oklahoma City. Under the council of NRHA’s show veterinarian, new check-in procedures for the event have been implemented. They are as follows:
NRHA recommends that if a horse has not been vaccinated within the last 60 days with the equine rhinopneumonitis vaccination, that it be vaccinated, or re-vaccinated, at least 10 days prior to arriving at the show.
Additional precautions are being taken, such as providing hand sanitizer, gloves and disposable towels to the pre-check judge. The Oklahoma State Fair Park staff says the entire barn area will be thoroughly disinfected before the NRHA Derby.
But before you head to any competition, be sure to visit with your veterinarian about additional precautions you should take as an exhibitor.
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