Journal at the World

September 3, 2013

Nutrena Senior Athletes

AQHA crowns the 2013 Nutrena Senior Athletes of the Show at the Adequan Select World.

Suzanne Jones

Jones showing Freckles On My Mind in hunt seat equitation.

Suzanne Jones of Tatum, New Mexico, and her homebred American Quarter Horse Dash Zandella, were crowned the Nutrena Senior Athletes of the American Quarter Horse Association’s 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. AQHA presented the award to Jones on August 29 at the Adequan Select World in Amarillo.

The award is given to the exhibitor and horse at the Adequan Select World with the highest combined age. Jones is a spry 88 years old and Dash Zandella is 14, giving them the combined age of 102. Dash Zandella is a 1999 black mare sired by Rebel Dasher and out of Zannadella.

Jones was awarded the Nutrena Senior Athletes in 2012 on her American Quarter Horse Freckles On My Mind, sired by One O Lena and out of Miss Ashley Freckles. Jones also showed Freckles On My Mind at this year's Adequan Select World.

AQHA is proud to team up with AQHA Corporate Partner Nutrena for this award. The Nutrena Senior Athletes of the Show award recognizes not only the exhibitors, but also the equine athletes. Jones has been involved in nearly every aspect of the horse industry, including being inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1999.

Jones and Dash Zandella received a prize package that included 500 pounds of Nutrena feed and a plaque specially designed by AQHA’s trophy company, Awards Recognition Concepts.

The Adequan Select World is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors, ages 50 and over, from around the world. These exhibitors must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. More than 1,280 entries at this year’s event, representing competitors from and the United States and Canada, are competing for 44 world championships.

Adequan is a proud sponsor of AQHA’s Adequan Select World Championship Show. Adequan is the official equine joint therapy of AQHA. When you choose a joint therapy for your horses, choose Adequan.

As the official feed partner of AQHA, Nutrena delivers optimum nutrition for exceptional health and world-class performance from your animals. Whether you keep animals around for fun, competition or work, you can trust Nutrena to provide the right nutritional solutions. 

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