Circle G Classic

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The Arkansas Quarter Horse Association (ArQHA) brought its Circle G Classic back to the Expo Center in Tunica, Mississippi, April 5-7, 2019. With six judges to handle the placings, there were plenty of points for exhibitors to accumulate. Judges were: Jon Barry, Jim Dudley, Sharon Wellman, Jessica Gillam, Sissy Anderson, and Sandy Curl.

The show began Friday morning at 10 a.m. with Trail, followed by Western Riding, Ranch Riding, and Reining.

On Saturday morning, the arena filled with halter horses, shown to all six judges in a wide variety of categories. Then came the Showmanship and Hunt Seat classes. After the break, the young riders entered the arena for Lead Line and Small Fry, with Western Pleasure and Horsemanship following. Later on Saturday afternoon came Ranch Riding, Reining, Barrels, and Poles.

Sunday’s classes started with the fast action of Barrel Racing and Poles. Afterwards, things slowed down quite a bit with Trail and Western Riding. On Sunday afternoon, the hunters were back in the arena, along with hunt seat equitation. Sunday’s show wrapped up with Western Pleasure and Horsemanship.

Jerry Beaty said, “Even thought we were hit by a pretty big storm with winds on Saturday evening, the rain didn’t stop exhibitors from having a great time this weekend.

“And even with the cold weather and storms, the class sizes were great. The largest classes of the show were the Amateur Ranch Riding, with 23 and 21. There were 21 and 15 in Open Ranch Riding, 13 and 14 in L1 Ranch Riding, and 17 and 12 in L1 Amateur Western Pleasure.

“Some other classes that offered multiple points included Amateur and Open Trail, Youth Reining and Ranch Riding, Amateur Reining, Performance Mares and Geldings, L1 Amateur and Amateur Showmanship, L1 Pleasure, Open Barrels and Poles, and Am Poles and Stakes.”

High Point Champions were:
  • Amateur – Jodie Nolen with The Fancy Krymsun
  • Youth – Zach McCarver with MS Red Devil
  • Level 1 Amateur – Sandy Lattin with A Lazy Breeze
  • Level 1 Youth – Sophie Palmer with Lu Stop
 “Thanks to the Circle G Classic sponsors, polo wraps were awarded to most Circuit Champions,” said Beaty.  “Some won saddle pads and ArQHA chairs.”

Circuit Winners at the show were:

L1 Hunter Under Saddle: Hes Hott, Kim Neas
L1 Youth Hunter Under Saddle: The Next Covergirl, Ellie Kate Wilburn
L1 Amateur Hunter Under Saddle: Pine Merrys Good Bar, Stephanie Shepperd
Amateur Hunter Under Saddle: Hes Hott, Kim Neas
Open Hunter Under Saddle: Hes Hott, Kim Neas
L1 Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation: Pine Merrys Good Bar, Stephanie Shepperd
Amateur Select Hunt Seat Equitation:  Hes Hott, Kim Neas
L1 Trail: Suddenly a Cowgirl, Stave Niblett
L1 Amateur Trail: Chips Classicalstone, Kyle Sanders
Amateur Select Trail: The Fancy Krymsun, Jodie Nolen
Open Trail: The Best Bet Yet, Mark Dunham
L1 Youth Reining: Lu Stop, Sophie Palmer
Youth Reining: Lil Joe Blue, Maggie Malone
L1 Amateur Reining: Cromed Out Affair, Karen Stell
Amateur Reining: West Coast Dot Com, Leslee Parker
Open Reining: Magnum Sparkle, Randy Schaffhauser
Youth Barrels: Rompin With Honor, Maggie Smith
Amateur Barrels: Docs Glo Tivio, Whitney Ward
Open Barrels: Docs Glo Tivio, Whitney Ward
Youth Poles: Rompin with Honor, Maggie Smith
Amateur Poles: For Goodness Sayks, Alec Cochran
Oopen Poles: Peptoy, Ty Cornelius
Youth Stakes: Leapin Lela Jet, Lanie Cornelius
Amateur Stakes: Leapin Lela Jet, Ty Cornelius
L1 Ranch Riding: Royal Peppinic Whiz, Bar 6 Quarter Horses
L1 Youth Ranch: Buck Roo, Abigail Lewis
Youth Ranch: Buck Roo, Abigail Lewis
L1 Amateur Ranch: Suddenlyoutoftheblue, Ginger Lewis-Hufnagel
Amateur Ranch: Gotta Hot Gun, Karen Johnson
Open Ranch: Taking Chancez, Jenny Honey
L1 Youth Showmanship: A Crusin on Krymson, Arone Merwe
L1 Amateur Showmanship: A Lazy Breeze, Sandra Lattin
Amateur Showmanship: Cierras Beauty Sleep, Reba Byrd

Next on the calendar for the ArQHA is the Memorial Day Circuit and the 16th Stanford Happening Memorial on May 24-27, again in Tunica, with four judges placing the lineup. Judges are: Rob Meneely, Mike Hoeppner, Brad Leubben, and Steve Heckaman. Returning for the fifth year will be the Blind Horsemanship Challenge, in which riders get 60 seconds to look at the pattern before executing it. All Stanford Happening classes and Small Fry classes are open to all breeds.

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