That’s a wrap on the 2019 AQHA Select World Championship Show.
AQHA Select exhibitors from the United States, Canada and Costa Rica competed for 44 world championship titles August 27-31 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
More than 625 horses and nearly 500 exhibitors competed in western, English and halter events with more than 950 entries for the show. In addition to Level 3 classes, the top three Super-Select and Level 2 competitors were also recognized within each class. This year, 21 first-time world champions were crowned.
The first Select World Championship Show was held in 2003. As the only horse show dedicated to amateur exhibitors ages 50 and up, this event draws a unique camaraderie amongst its competitors. As time has progressed, in 2019, a handful of Select competitors have been able to attend all of the world shows, and they count themselves blessed to be able to still compete.
Action at the Will Rogers Memorial Center continued outside of the arena, too! Exhibitors attended a welcome party, sponsored by Victor and Hannia Wolf and Ganadera Chomes; celebrated at two exhibitor parties – one sponsored by Markel and the other hosted by the Will Rogers Memorial Center and the city of Fort Worth.
AQHA Professional Horsemen volunteered their time to give free Ride the Pattern clinics. These clinics gave exhibitors and spectators the perfect opportunity to learn how AQHA Professional Horsemen would approach a specific 2019 Select World pattern. Thanks to the generosity of Select exhibitors and Nutrena’s contribution to match the amount donated by attendees, the Professional Horsemen Crisis Fund raised more than $13,000.
The most prestigious award at the Select World is the AQHA Select All-Around title. There were 64 contenders for this year’s award. The 2019 AQHA Select All-Around Amateur is Sharon Forbes-Hanks of Pilot Mound, Manitoba. Forbes-Hanks showed her American Quarter Horse Hot Lil Assets. The 2009 sorrel mare, by Protect Your Assets and out of Barbies Hot Rod, was bred by Cheryl Lang of Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Forbes-Hanks and Hot Lil Assets earned 50 points. They earned the reserve world championship in showmanship, placed third in horsemanship and hunt seat equitation, fourth in performance halter mares and ninth in western riding.
Eighty-five Super-Select exhibitors were eligible for the Gene Graves Super-Select Special Recognition Award, an all-around title for exhibitors ages 70 and over. This year, Twylla Lynn Brown of Perry, Missouri, and her American Quarter Horse Snap Krackle Pop won the reserve world championship in performance halter mares, placed third in trail and were finalists in western pleasure. Snap Krackle Pop, a two-time AQHA Superhorse, is a 2010 gray mare by RL Best of Sudden and out of Brandys Silver Sheik. The mare was bred by Masterson Farms LLC of Somerville, Tennessee.
The Senior Athlete was also awarded to the exhibitor and horse pair that had the highest combined age competing at the Select World. Butch Morgan of Sarasota, Florida, and SF Check Me Out were named the 2019 Senior Athletes of the Show with a combined age of 99.