Successful U.S. Arabian Nationals Concludes In Louiseville
2,000 horses battled for cash and prizes at the 36th Annual U.S.
National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show held
October 11-19, in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 20 officials
were needed for a full slate of classes that demonstrated the
versatility of the Arabian Horse including dressage, hunter, jumper,
working cow horse, cutting, reining and trail as well as the customary
One of the exceptional classes of the show was the Arabian Park
class that named Apollopalooza as the unanimous champion with
Carmelle Rooker of Fenton, Michigan, in the irons for Esprit Arabians.
The unanimous reserve champion was Aequus+//, with Bill Rodgers
of Streetsboro, Ohio, for owners Circle G Stables. The Varian
owned three-year-old, Khantina Girl, ridden by Bill Porcher, a
2001 USA Equestrian of Honor, of Santa Ynez, California, defeated
43 others to win the $30,000 Arabian Western Pleasure Futurity.
Berry+/ and Bob Battaglia of Boerne, Texas, made their last show
ring appearance by presenting the American flag during the Saturday
evening opening ceremonies. A bronze sculpture by Jill McKinney
and commissioned by Bob Battaglia for Empress Arabians was unveiled
during the show.
must qualify at regional championships and IAHA-recognized shows
to be eligible to compete. Some of the winners are listed below.
For complete results please visit the IAHA web site at www.iaha.com.
Country Pleasure Driving RF Chopin, ridden and owned by Alice
Tremper of Baltimore, MD
Western Pleasure Zalimited Edition, ridden by Josh Quintus of
Arlington, TX and owned by Sharon Finley of Leawood, KS
Quais Habibi, ridden by Jessica Lynn Bein of Phoenix, AZ and owned
by Lauren & Kelly Whyte of Las Vegas, NV
Dakar El Jamaal, ridden by Michael Byatt of New Ulm, TX and owned
by Dakar Kartel LLC
S Justadream, ridden by Greg Knowles of Scottsdale, AZ and owned
by Michael Wilmet of Long Grove, IL
Vallejo Carmel Chip, ridden by Bob Hart Jr. of Afton, OK and owned
by Sally Mullen Henry of Santa Fe, NM
Regular Working Hunter
Blarney Stone X, ridden by Susan Hutchison of Temecula, CA and
owned by Leslie Knill-Mangan of Vail, CO
Hunter Pl Champ
Chance of A Lifetime, ridden by Larry Hoffman of Hastings, MN
and owned by Megan & Rebecca Cassidy of Minneapolis, MN
El Tesorro, ridden and owned by Jennifer Thomas Alcott of Spotsylvania,
Prix St. George
Le Cheminee, ridden and owned by Sandi Chohany of Hampshire, IL
Equestrian Inc., as the National Equestrian Federation of the
U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship
sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show
jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines
of equestrian competition. As
the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation
has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions
nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including
educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates
who officiate at these shows.
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sport in the United States of America, promoting the pursuit of
excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic Games, based on
a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of its
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