August 4, 2012
By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
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The first split of performance halter geldings fills up the Jim Norick Coliseum on August 3 at the 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)
To adjust, a shootout is planned for trail, while showmanship and horsemanship will have semifinals. Western pleasure will be run in splits.
Shootouts are for scored classes with more than 80 entries. The top 15 plus ties will return to the finals. The next 15 horses, including ties, perform again immediately, and the top five horses of that group will return for the finals.
Semifinals are for classes where the exhibitor is judged, such as showmanship, horsemanship, equitation on the flat and equitation over fences, if the class has more than 100 entries. In that case, the class is split in half and the top 15 from each section return for a semifinal.
But Alex Ross, AQHA senior director of judges, told the crowd at the AQHA Town Hall Meeting on August 2 that no matter how big the class is, each exhibitor will get a good look from the judges.
"We want everyone to have a fair chance," he said.