August 28, 2011
By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
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Nickey Smith, of Franklinton, Louisiana, talks about the history behind his Cajun Kickoff Party at the Adequan Select World. Nickey was a competitor in the working cow horse at the 2011 Adequan Select World. Journal photo.
Welcome to the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
The world’s largest single-breed world championship horse show open exclusively to amateur exhibitors age 50 and older officially began at 6:30 a.m. August 28, but the party started much earlier.
As early as August 26, exhibitors were checking in, practicing with their horses and getting for the main event of the show – socializing.
On August 27, the annual Cajun party saw hordes of exhibitors, spouses and friends chow down on gumbo, fruit cobblers and rice. The traditional exhibitor-driven party hosted by Nickey and Patsy Smith of Franklinton, Louisiana, had a new addition this year: a retirement party.
June Liston of Scottsdale, Arizona, said it was time for her chestnut stallion, Cool Hand Lark, to say goodbye to the show pen. He’ll be showing in trail August 30, but from now on, June plans to ride the 22-year-old horse for fun instead of competition. Cakes with “Cool’s” picture adorning them were served to party guests, as were cups of champagne. A slightly disgruntled Cool did not get to sample cake or champagne.
“It might test!” June said.
On August 28, buoyed by the fun times of the night before, preliminaries began with cutting, followed by working cow horse, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle, western pleasure and western riding.
This year’s Adequan Select World will include the “shootout” format pioneered at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show and Intermediate champions. It will also see the first exhibitors included through the invitational format.