September 7, 2012
The Get of Sire class, an added enhancement to the AQHA World Show, is scheduled for November 16 and will be held following the aged geldings class. (Journal photo)
Back in the day, Get of Sire classes at stock shows offered a great showcase to display a stallion’s mark as a sire. With that in mind, the American Quarter Horse Association is teaming up with the World Conformation Horse Association to turn back the clock and spotlight great sires in the industry in the WCHA Get of Sire Class at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show.
The Get of Sire class, an added enhancement to the AQHA World Show, is scheduled for November 16 and will be held following the aged geldings class.
Stallion owners will enter the Get of Sire class. Each stallion’s entry consists of three horses, of any age or sex. The horses that represent each stallion do not have to be owned by the stallion owner and do not have to compete in any other class at the AQHA World Show. However, the horses representing their sire must have qualified for one of the four 2012 AQHA world shows (they need not have been entered but must have qualified) – the Built Ford Tough AQHYA, Adequan Select, Bank of America Amateur or FedEx Open world championship shows. Weanlings representing their sire are exempt from this rule.
Only 14 stallion entries will be accepted; the first 14 paid entries received by the WCHA Futurity secretary after 10 a.m. on September 6 will be accepted. Alternates will be selected on a first-come basis, and those not selected will receive a full refund. Only the AQHA stallions that are currently enrolled in the 2012 WCHA Breeders Championship Futurity program are eligible to compete. The offspring of a stallion that comprise an entry do not have to be named until 8 p.m. on November 15.
“For years, Get of Sire classes at stock shows were a time-honored tradition and a great showcase of the consistency and uniformity of a stallion’s progeny,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “AQHA wants to support WCHA and the halter industry. The Association is pleased to team up with WCHA to bring back this vintage class model and give American Quarter Horse breeders another chance to highlight their breeding program.”
Judging criteria for the Get of Sire class is based on the consistency and uniformity of the entire three-horse entry with regard to balance, eye appeal, structural correctness, breed/gender characteristics, manners and qualify of muscling.
Three judges will preside over the class, but a fourth judge – the audience – will have its say in the placings. Each entry’s low score of the three judges in the arena will be thrown out. Those in the audience will text in their selections, which will be used in the final tabulation.
All questions regarding the Get of Sire class should be directed to Don Falcon at (480) 229-9767 or Luke Castle at (405) 826-0698.
Download the Get of Sire class rules, entry qualifications and entry form, or read the letter from the WCHA Breeders Committee to stallion owners.
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