Saturday Show Shootout
Saturday of “Youth Weekend” at the Congress saw dueling Showmanship patterns in the Celeste Center, Amateur Halter, as well as Horsemanship, Equitation and Western Riding with some Western Pleasure finals thrown in.
First Time Friday Fun At The Congress
Friday brought first-time fun for a number of Congress exhibitors, and repeat wins for others as the show rolled on at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.
Trail and Stakes Winners Named on a Rainy Congress Thursday
Thursday’s All American Quarter Horse Congress called for several hours of Trail competition as well as the crowning of Stakes and Youth class champions on a day that brought rain and cooler weather to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.
AQHA, Stakes and Futurity Classes Highlight Midweek At The Congress
With three futurity and stakes finals and a number of AQHA/NSBA Dual-Approved classes on the schedule, Wednesday was a busy day for Congress exhibitors. Columbus, Ohio offered up one last warm, sunny day as the show reached it's midway point.
A Smorgasbord of Classes Tuesday at the Congress
Tuesday at the Congress saw a little bit of everything on the schedule as AQHA/NSBA Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle and Futurity and Stakes classes got underway. Some of the day's champions shared their winning experience with The Way To Go.
How Bout That? Repeat Champions Dominate Monday’s Congress
It wasn’t quite Groundhog Day, but there were several familiar faces in the winner’s circle at the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress on Monday.
Bittersweet Win for John Lorton in English Non-Pro Longe Line
John Lorton quietly celebrated his win the English Non-Pro Longe Line at the All American Quarter Horse Congress with his filly, Smooth Details, but you’ll have to excuse him if his thoughts were elsewhere.
The Weekend Belongs to Small Fry and Able Equestrians at the 2016 Congress
Saturday marked the start of the weekend devoted to Small Fry and Equestrians With Disabilities at the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress. Champions were named in both divisions throughout the day along with Longe Line and Working Hunter winners. The Way To Go talked with some of the day's champions.
Heroes On Horses Debuts at the Congress
The All American Quarter Horse Congress recognized veterans during the show's inaugural Heroes On Horses classes Friday in the Celeste Center, and saw 12 veterans who had served in all branches of the military participate in the first classes. The Heroes On Horses classes were created in cooperation between the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and the National Snaffle Bit Association.
The October Issue of The Way To Go is Now Online!
Vital Signs R Stable and Shane Pope grace this month’s cover of The Way To Go. Learn more about this talented mare and the journey with her owner and trainer in this month’s Cover Story. Also see how the Harris family and their team of employees have been hard at work creating what can only be described as works of art. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Congress, the National Snaffle Bit Association looks at a presence, and relationship, it has had with the All American Quarter Horse Congress and its host, the Ohio Quarter Horse Association for the past 33 years. We also review the 2016 NSBA Markel Insurance Breeders Championship Futurity Yearling Sale and the NSBA World Championship Show and Breeders Futurity as well as the AQHA Youth and Select World Shows, all in the October issue of The Way To Go!
Watson, Schooler and Jargella Win Fall Classic Events at Tough Enough To Wear Pink
It was a day to honor fallen friends, raise money and show good horses at the Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show on Saturday at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio.
Four signature classes, including a $500-Added Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle, $1,000-Added Open Hunter Under Saddle, $1,000-Added Non-Pro Western Pleasure and $2,000-Added Open Western Pleasure completed the JD Equipment Fall Classic event Saturday night.
Trainers Pink Challenge Highlights First Day of Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show
Intrepid riders dressed in their best pink outfits to raise money for patient assistance at the Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show, going on now through Sunday at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio.
NSBA Hires Bill and Sue Ellen Kaven, Christopher Hernandez
The National Snaffle Bit Association announced today the hiring of two additional industry professionals as well as an IT professional. Bill Kaven, Sue Ellen Kaven and Christopher Hernandez will soon join the staff at NSBA fulfilling open positions in Gurnee, Illinois.
Bill Kaven (seen at left) has been a judge, breeder, trainer and clinician for over 30 years. Since 2009 he has been teaching full time at North Central Texas College in the Equine Science Department as well as the coach for the IHSA Western and Stock Horse Team.
Sue Ellen Kaven (pictured at right) has spent her life in the show ring as a trainer, coach and instructor and has most recently pursued judging credentials.
Christopher Hernandez is an information technology specialist who began working at NSBA part time as part of an IT service provider in northern Illinois. He will begin full time work as an employee of NSBA mid-September.
Sue Ellen Kaven will begin working for NSBA full time late September. Bill Kaven is set to begin his employment with NSBA later this year.
NSBA Honors Its Best
The National Snaffle Bit Association honored its brightest stars from the 2015 show year at its annual awards banquet held Wednesday, August 17, at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the NSBA World Championship Show and Breeders Championship Futurity. (Photos courtesy of Larry Williams)
Masterson Farms Announces Loss of Zippos Sheik
With great sadness, Masterson Farms, LLC, announces the euthanasia of Zippos Sheik due to severe laminitis on August 3. Sheik, with great heart and determination, had successfully battled through several bouts of laminitis over the past several months. However, increasing rotation and sinking, and the further pain he would have endured, forced the decision to end his life in as peaceful and dignified a manner as possible.
Zippos Sheik, a red sorrel stallion, foaled on April 3, 1992, was by Zippo Pine Bar and out of Sheik's Cover. He sired 436 foals among which were a number of outstanding pleasure horses such as My Body's Sheik, Genuine Sheik, Step Out With Sheik, Jet Set Sheik, Sheiks Miss Jazmitaz, Mr Smooth Sheik, Hanks A Skip N Zippo, and Taylor Made Sheik. Upon his death, his foals had lifetime earnings of $370,000.
Sheik was much loved by everyone at Masterson Farms, LLC, and he will be greatly missed. His unique personality, beauty, and character endeared him to those who worked with and knew him. He will be long and affectionately remembered with admiration and respect as an outstanding example of the quarter horse breed.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The National Snaffle Bit Association is proud to announce its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees in three categories. Radical Rumors is named to the Show Horse division, Good Version is inducted in the Breeding Horse category and The Hannagan Family is honored in the Individual class.
Good Version leaves his legacy as a leading sire with a distinguished list of offspring. He sired more than 1,300 foals with 432 becoming AQHA point earnings. More notably, his get have earned $578,337.97 in NSBA earnings, $558,041.92 in AQHA Incentive Fund earnings and more than 37,000 AQHA points. Some of his offspring include Show Diva, Batt Mann, RV Won Good Version, Gypsys Little Image and RL Cocoas Version. Good Version Inc, co-owned by John Wainscott and Bill & Brenda Guffey, purchased the stallion in November 1993 as a three year old year and owned him for the duration of his career until his death in 2006.
The Hannagan Family is well known to many Midwesterners for their horse show facility and management team. Patriarch of the family, Gordon Hannagan, had a vision of creating a place to host auctions and equine events. Their facility, appropriately named ‘Gordyville’ has 160,000 square feet of space and has two 100 x 270 arenas and can hold up to 650 stalls. The Hannagan Family has hosted NSBA events since they opened their doors in 1988 including the Pleasure Jubilee and Breeders Classic Yearling Sale. They also held some of the first Equestrians With Disabilities classes in the country. Mary Hannagan has also served on the Show Management Committee for NSBA. The Hannagans continue to work together as a family from show management to announcing and even helping with the back gate, they continue to impact the horse industry and NSBA.
NSBA congratulates all of the Hall of Fame Inductees. They will each be honored at the annual Awards Banquet on August 17, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Established in 1983, the National Snaffle Bit Association has expanded from its roots of the pleasure horse to recognize various disciplines and eight breed associations in competition. NSBA’s programs uphold keeping the welfare of the horse as the primary consideration in all activities and encourage the use of standard rules for holding and judging events.
Equine Herpes Virus Update
The State of Oklahoma is home to countless horse owners and many large equine events. Due to the potentially serious consequences, news of an Equine Herpes Virus incident has caused questions and concerns throughout the horse industry.
Horse owners, event managers, and veterinarians should be aware of a recent outbreak of neurologic Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) at a racetrack in New Mexico.
“A quarantine remains at Sunland Park Racetrack in New Mexico and Frontera, a local horse-training center,” said Dr. Rod Hall, state Veterinarian of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. (ODAFF)
Sunland has been under quarantine and racing has been suspended. Hopefully, we have seen the worst of this particular incident. There are no related cases of EHV-1 in Oklahoma.
New Certificate of Eligibility Requirements
Beginning January 1, 2016 horses entered in any NSBA class except for Dual Approved classes require a Certificate of Eligibility for competition.
What is a Certificate of Eligibility?
A Certificate of Eligibility is a new requirement for horses being shown in any NSBA class except for Dual Approved classes. If your horse is already enrolled in NSBA’s Breeders Championship Futurity or Stallion Incentive Fund License Program, you already have a Certificate of Eligibility. If your horse is not already enrolled, you can receive the required certificate by registering with NSBA.
2016 NSBA Rulebook
The 2016 NSBA Official Handbook is now available in a PDF version online or in print. Learn more about all of the changes by downloading the new book.
To request a printed copy, please contact the NSBA office at email@example.com or 847-623-6722.
Disclaimer: Because the online version of the NSBA's rulebook can be updated throughout the year, it should be considered the most current version of the NSBA Official Handbook.