The final Friday of the All American Quarter Horse Congress saw everything from Amateur Trail to Hunter Under Saddle and Western Pleasure classes to Hunt Seat Equitation, as the show rolled closer to its conclusion.
In the Three Year Old and Older $2,500 Novice Horse Open Western Pleasure, the training team of Andy Cochran and Scott Frye led to a Congress title for Tik Tock, earning $$6,513.
“This horse is by The Rock and out of Whatscookingoodlookn, and he’s three years old,” Andy said. “You can’t beat that dam line and he’s turned into a really nice horse. Scott has him part of the time and I have him part of the time, and it’s worked out great. He just showed great out there today.”
Scott Frye and Andy have been great friends for years, and Scott couldn’t pass up the opportunity to purchase a yearling by the stallion he so successfully showed, The Rock. Scott started the stallion and showed him to fourth at the NSBA World Show. When looking at the Congress, Scott decided to ask his friend Andy to show the horse in as an Open rider, and sent the colt home with Andy after the NSBA World Show.
“He has a lot of ring presence and I think that showed today during our class.”
It was another championship for Deanna Willis when she showed Home Runn to win the Two Year Old Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure Stakes was Home Runn..
In the evening’s nightcap class, Super Sires held its stand-alone class, the Super Sires Two Year Old Western Pleasure, which included a Super Sires Breeders purse, a Super Sires sale graduate purse and a Limited Rider bonus.
Certainly Flatlined, shown by Jay Starnes for Kathy Elmer, earned his second title in two days, earning $7,500 for first place in the Breeders class. The champion in the Super Sires sale graduate division was Heartbraker, shown by Aaron Moses for Lori and Lyle Hanson, earning $4,527 for third in the Breeders division and $5,000 as the top sale graduate. Kelby Hutchinson, who showed Hart To Hart for Aaron and Courtney Moses to seventh overall, earned the $1,000 Limited Rider bonus as the highest placing Limited rider.
Hunting Congress Titles
The Maturity Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle saw Chris Lagerblade guide Heza Dancin Hubba to the Congress title for the second year in a row. “Hank is seven years old now,” Chris said. “I show him in the Select and Beth shows him in the Open Senior and Maturity classes.
“I’ve always loved this horse because he is very slow legged and he has a very big stride. That’s what I like in a Hunter Under Saddle horse and that’s what he does. I think he was the biggest strided and slowest strided one out there today. It was a great class of horses and I’m very excited that he won.
“I also have a yearling that I got second in the Longe Line with. Beth Case will start him as a two year old next year and we’ll see where that goes. But I love Hank, and he has a forever home with me.”
RS Hank WhyDoYouDrank picked up another Congress championship in the Two Year Old Maiden Open Hunter Under Saddle Futurity with Jamie English in the irons. Kara Flentje and Easy Peazy were named the champions in the Two Year Old Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle. Ellexxah Maxwell and Unforgettably His earned the Congress bronze and NSBA bronze in Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation.
Trail exhibitors showed up in full force on Friday with large classes of competition. In the Level 2 Amateur Trail, Lindsay Gunderlock added another Congress championship for My Dad Is The Best. Charlie Cole showed the gelding to a Congress bronze in AQHA Level 3 Junior Western Riding earlier in the show.
Nancy Chapman showed Acrobatt to win the Level 2 Amateur Select Trail, while Laina Banks and Eye On The Ball were named champions in Level 3.
The 2023 All American Quarter Horse Congress continues through Sunday, October 22. To view complete show results, please visit the Horse Show Tracker or quarterhorsecongress.com. You can also view the show’s live video feed at quarterhorsecongress.com/livestream.