July 31, 2013
This year’s Adequan Select World Show will debut a new competitive division – ranch pleasure.
Last year marked the 10-year anniversary for the Adequan Select World Championship Show, launched in 2003 exclusively for amateur exhibitors aged 50 and older. At that year’s show, more than 1,200 entries competed for a world champion title and more than $500,000 in cash and awards. Of those entries, 18 exhibitors were recognized for their participation in all 10 years of the Select World Show.
While 2012 was a milestone year, 2013 will be, too. After making a ground-breaking debut at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show, ranch pleasure will now be offered at the 2013 Select World, which will be August 23-31 in Amarillo. In order to qualify, exhibitors and their Quarter Horses needed to earn two points during the qualifying period.
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“For the first year, ranch pleasure was solely approved for the open division so that AQHA could gauge the response of exhibitors,” says Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of competition and breed integrity. “The time came to analyze the class, and the show entries, plus requests from competitors, solidified that ranch pleasure needed to also be offered in the youth, amateur and Select amateur divisions.”
While there will be extra competitive pressure involved to be the first Select ranch pleasure champion, the essence of the class should bring the horse’s and rider’s mind outside of the competitive setting.
The horse’s performance in a ranch pleasure class should match that of a horse riding outside of an arena. Think of a working ranch horse. The class should show the horse’s ability to work with a forward, working speed while remaining under the control of the rider. Refer to Rules SHW416-419 for ranch pleasure class guidelines in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.
“In ranch pleasure, judges look for a perfect, handy horse with manners, versatility and movement,” says AQHA Senior Director of Judges Alex Ross. “There’s a real emphasis on forward movement and ground-covering gaits, while rules of cadence still apply.”
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Have you ever seen a ranch pleasure class in action? Check out this video about the new division.