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ARBC Trainer Support

Arabian and Quarter Horse trainer Brian Welman is a big advocate of the new ARBC Futurity. “I bred a Quarter Horse mare to the Arabian stallion TA Mozart this year,” he admits. “I’m investing in the Futurity. The trick is to get it going, market the horses and develop more futurities. If we want this to work, we all have to pitch in and find sponsors and get involved. Everyone has to be invested in this!” Tyson Randle, also a trainer for Arabian and Quarter Horse working western horses, agrees. “I honestly don’t have a single purebred or HalfArabian horse that is not a Futurity horse,” says Tyson. “Futurity classes create a ton of excitement and incentive. In the Quarter Horses, the futurity classes are strictly for 3-year-olds. It’s a difficult task to have a new one ready to go every year. There are 15 to 20 futurities in the NRHA all over the country annually and I do two or three. They’ve done a great job and those futurities keep the stud fees higher and the breeding numbers up. The biggest issue with any futurity is the horse power. There’s not a lot of stock to choose from right now and it’s hard to fi nd the right horse. Arabian breeders need more futurities and more horses.”

The Versatile Arabian

It doesn’t take long for good horsemen to recognize the appeal, quality and athletic ability of the Arabian and Half-Arabian reining horse. Respected NRHA judge, Richard Pokluda had the opportunity to judge Arabian and Half-Arabian reiners for the first time at the 2014 Scottsdale AllArabian Show last February, and he readily admits that he wasn’t expecting much. “It’s true. I wasn’t looking for a lot from these horses,” says Pokluda. “It was a surprise to me; I just did not think they would stop as well as a Quarter Horse. The quality was outstanding among the Arabians and Half-Arabians I judged … especially the top six horses. The top three made 73’s and 74’s … and that was legit. They turned just as big, circled as good and stopped as good. They really looked the part!”

Volume 45, No. 2 | ARBC •


Arabian Horse Times - Vol45 No2  
Arabian Horse Times - Vol45 No2  

July 2014 issue