November 23, 2013
Thank you for making this one of the best displays of American Quarter Horses.
To exhibitors and owners at the 40th AQHA World Championship Show, the AQHA Executive Committee, staff and show management would like to thank you for making this one of the best displays of American Quarter Horses.
The best horses in the world compete in the AQHA World Championship Show, and at this 40th event, you’ve done an outstanding job. It was a pleasure watching you and your horses.
It was especially heartening to see that all of the horses shown here appeared well-cared-for, healthy and athletic.
In classes from roping to ranch pleasure, we’ve seen your love of our horse and heritage.
In classes from jumping to working cow horse, we’ve seen the amazing athleticism of our horse.
In halter classes, including the second World Conformation Horse Association Get-of-Sire class, we've seen well-balanced and conformationally correct horses. On that note, this year, we took the first step in a process to improve halter judging by adding it to classes that are monitored. Prior to the halter classes, the judges identified what they considered major and minor faults, and where horses with those faults should be placed. Longtime judge and AQHA steward Clark Parker assisted by evaluating each horse’s way of going and overall conformation when standing, which was shared with the judges after the classes were complete. This concept is new and we look forward to improving it.
In classes from western pleasure to hunter under saddle, at this year’s show, we saw truly forward-moving horses that are willing to step up into the future. Competitors in all western pleasure classes at the AQHA World Show did an excellent job of exhibiting their horses with balance and self-carriage with flow.
The comments we have already received – that it was a joy to watch western pleasure classes with so many quality horses, especially when they were shown in accordance to the rules – has been so positive.
Horses in hunter under saddle finals were asked to show their horses at the hand gallop, which demonstrated a true canter. Again, the feedback on the presentation of these horses was positive.
Thank you all for bringing these superb examples of the versatility of the American Quarter Horse to the World Show to celebrate the 40th year of top-flight competition for the best horses on earth.
We look forward to a New Year and wish you continued success – always.