The Rundown

News Roundup

July 26, 2011

Find out which AQHA director was recently awarded a prestigious award by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, plus, get the facts on the latest AQHA show industry news.

AQHA Director Patti Colbert was named the 2011 recipient of the Fern Sawyer Award by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Photo courtesty of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Fire Damages CSU Equine Center

The Colorado State University Equine Reproductive Laboratory in Fort Collins, Colorado, was severely damaged by fire on July 26.

For more information on the fire, check out’s coverage.

Region One Championship

AQHA members from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon flocked to Langley, British Columbia, for the AQHA Region One Championship on July 20-24.

The first- and second-place youth finishers in hunt seat equitation and horsemanship classes were invited back into the arena July 22 for a champion of champions ride-off.

One by one, the exhibitors were excused from the ring with applause from the crowd until finally only two finalists were left: Josie Mootz of Cottage Grove, Oregon, riding English on Looks Inviting and Katrina Mulford of Kamloops, British Columbia, riding western on Zippos Star Shuttle.

After an extended stretch of no-stirrups riding, the judges made their decision, and Josie was named the champion of champions.

AQHA Executive Director of Competition Tom Persechino promised both riders that their accomplishments — reserve and champion — would be noted on their horses’ permanent awards record with AQHA.

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You can take a look at the Region One Championship all-around winners in our Journal on the Road coverage, as well as more highlights from the event.

AQHA Director Receives Fern Sawyer Award

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has named AQHA Director Patti Colbert of Bertram, Texas, as the 2011 recipient of the Fern Sawyer Award. The Fern Sawyer Award, whose namesake is a 1976 Honoree and champion cowgirl, is awarded to an individual or organization that has worked toward and contributed to the advancement of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Patti, a member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Board of Directors, is credited with creating the concept behind the Museum’s popular Cowgirl U program, and she has long been an advocate for the museum among the many horse industry groups through which she has served as a leader.

She gained her most recent accolades as executive director of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and creator of the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Furthermore, she partnered with Road to the Horse creator Tootie Bland to create Project Cowboy.

Patti formerly served as the American Quarter Horse Foundation Executive Director, where she developed a number of scholarships for youth and grants for equine research. She and her husband, Joe, own Colbert Ranch, which offers programs for juvenile detainees and horseback riding experiences for the public.

Halter Rules Modifications

AQHA exhibitors are reminded that several halter class rule modifications passed by the Show Committee at the 2011 AQHA Convention and approved by the AQHA Executive Committee are effective August 1.

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Ford Youth World

With the theme of “Taking Vintage Off the Shelf,” this year’s Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show features 2,351 entries from 44 states, as well as the provinces of Alberta and Ontario. There will also be competitors from Australia, Germany, New Zealand and Venezuela.

If you can’t make it to Oklahoma City to watch the Ford Youth World in person, you can watch the live feed from the show on August 5-13 at