November 17, 2012
Rising Starlight was crowned the 2012 Farnam Superhorse.
During the past week, the top exhibitors and horses from around the world have competed at the 2012 American Quarter Horse Association’s Bank of America Amateur and FedEx Open World Championship Show at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
The 2012 Farnam Superhorse Award is the top honor at the AQHA World Show. It is awarded to the horse who earns the most points in three or more events in two categories during the show. This year, 45 contenders competed for the award.
Rising Starlight was crowned the 2012 Farnam Superhorse on November 17. Rising Starlight is owned by Eric Dunn of Norwich, Kansas. The 2005 bay mare, sired by Little Bay Starlight and out of Peppys Hot Star, was bred by Casey Deary of Weatherford, Texas. Rising Starlight was shown by Steve Orth of Maysville, Oklahoma, and Corey Cushing of Scottsdale, Arizona. The mare showed in three classes, earning a total of 34 points. Rising Starlight earned the world champion title in senior working cow horse, third in senior heading and was a finalist in senior heeling.
The Farnam Superhorse receives $25,000 plus $2,000 of Farnam product, a WeatherBeeta blanket, an original Lisa Perry bronze and a rose bouquet.
Dirty Sexy Money was named the Reserve Farnam Superhorse. Dirty Sexy Money is owned by Janet and Kent Martin of Wells, Texas. The 2007 gray gelding, sired by Sheiks Big Leaguer and out of Fight Over Emmie (TB), was bred by Melissa Ann Miller of Belton, Texas. AQHA Professional Horseman Chuck Briggs of Azle, Texas, and Professional Horsewoman Kindel Ann Huffman of Norco, California, showed the gelding in three classes. The pair earned a total of 33 points earning world championship titles in junior working hunter and junior hunter hack, and placed third in the junior pleasure driving.
The Reserve Farnam Superhorse received a price package that included $10,000 plus $1,000 in Farnam product.
Placing third was Pink Jeans, who is owned by Eric and Wendy Dunn of Norwich, Kansas. The 2006 red roan mare, sired by Levi Boon and out of JM Starlight Express, was bred by James R. McNulty Estate of Bakersfield, California. Pink Jeans was shown by AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, and Corey Cushing of Scottsdale, Arizona. Pink Jeans earned a total of 28 points competing in four classes, placing third in senior heeling, fourth in senior heading, and was a finalist in senior tie-down roping and senior working cow horse.
Placing fourth was Oh Cay N Short, who is owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight of Weatherford, Texas. The 2004 bay stallion, sired by Oh Cay Quixote and out of Bit Of Shorty, was bred by Patricia Frerichs of Ogden, Illinois. The stallion was shown by Boyd Rice of Spearman, Texas, and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates. Oh Cay N Short competed in four classes, placing fourth in senior working cow horse, fifth in senior tie-down roping and was a finalist in senior heading.
Placing fifth was Smart Express, who is owned by Amy Lund of Lacygne, Kansas. The 2000 sorrel gelding, sired by Smart Little Lena and out of Speedee Dee Express, was bred by Edward White of Meadow Vista, California. Smart Express was shown by Brad and Amy Lund in four classes. The gelding earned a total of 21 points, earning the world champion title in senior heading, 10th in senior working cow horse and was a finalist in senior heeling.
The third- through fifth-place Farnam Superhorses each receive $2,500 plus $500 in Farnam product.
The Farnam Superhorse award is made possible by AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam. Farnam has been the official fly control, deworming, grooming and conditioning products supplier of AQHA since 2004. Whether you’re at a show or on a trail ride, it takes time and dedication to make your horse look his best. As your partner in horse care, Farnam continues to offer products people know, use and trust.
AQHA also named the 2012 Oklahoma City Leading Owner and Reserve Leading Owner.
The Oklahoma City Leading Owner Award is given to the ownership that earns the most points at the AQHA World Show. To be eligible for the award, at least three horses must be entered, shown and in the same ownership.
Kevin McCary of Mansfield, Texas, was named the 2012 Oklahoma City Leading Owner. Kevin had six horses qualified and earned a total of 75 points competing in six classes during the Bank of America Amateur Week and six classes during the FedEx Open Week at this year’s World Show.
Kevin earned world championships in weanling mares, 3-year-old mares and aged mares. He also won reserve world championships in amateur weanling mares, amateur 3-year-old mares and amateur aged mares. He placed third in yearling stallions, third in amateur yearling stallions and ninth in amateur 3-year-old geldings.
The Oklahoma City Leading Owner received a prize package that included a specially commissioned bronze, presented by the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, and a rose bouquet.
Dan E. Fox of Chino, California, was named the Reserve Oklahoma City Leading Owner. Dan qualified and showed eight horses, earning a total of 71 points competing in six classes during Bank of America Amateur Week and eight classes during FedEx Open Week at this year’s World Show.
Dan won world championships in amateur performance halter stallions and open performance halter stallions, in addition to a reserve world championship in amateur performance halter mares. He also placed third in weanling mares, third in performance halter mares, fifth in amateur 3-year-old mares, fifth in amateur weanling mares, sixth in amateur aged mares, seventh in open aged mares, ninth in weanling geldings, ninth in amateur weanling geldings, 10th in amateur weanling stallions, and had two finalists in 3-year-old mares.
The Reserve Leading Owner received a silver cup, presented by The American Quarter Horse Journal.