sitting. Exhibitors may “enter-up” in as many divisions as they feel competent under one go. For example, if a non-pro rider has a Half-Arabian 5-year-old, they could pay the entry fees for Half-Arabian Open, HalfArabian Non-Pro, Half-Arabian Junior Horse and the All-Breed classes. This is essentially five classes with one run, which saves on the horse. For marketing purposes, it gets the Arabian-bred horses in front of the spectators during the main event evening class and demonstrates the ability of our horses in a head-to-head competition to folks who may not ordinarily go to Arabian shows. We award fantastic prizes in all the distinct classes by using that same score, so exhibitors are recognized within their breed as well. For the Arabian and HalfArabian cow horses, we held both a breed restricted Derby and a Futurity that was NRCHA recognized. We also held ranch pleasure and performance horse halter for the Arabians during the show. How important are the futurity classes in the working western division? Futurity events for the working western horses are equally important as in other disciplines. They provide breeders a proving ground for young prospects competing against their same-aged peers and give financial incentives to develop young stock. I would like to see more Derby events for the Arabian-blooded horses to create a broader market base. We need more major events for the Arabian-bred working western horse. Currently, we have Scottsdale and Nationals, and the future addition of an Arabian Reining Breeders Classic in Las Vegas is positive. We hope the Working Western Celebration in St. Paul, Minn., can develop into one of these premier events. Who is your all-time favorite working western horse? This brings to mind so many great performance horses from many breeds and disciplines, but my personal favorite is my Half-Arabian gelding, Throttle Up SB. He was in the first foal crop after my father and I teamed up to breed working western Arabians; therefore, he represents everything that went right with that breeding. He also has an outgoing personality that wins newcomers over to the Arabian-bred horse, which is what happened with my fiancé, Dave. Both Dad and Dave have passed, so when I watch Rocky work a cow, I think of them both and smile to remember how horses bring so many of us closer in this short time on earth.
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Published on Jul 28, 2014