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Week of September 1, 2014

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Adequan Select World Championship Show

Talented competitors and their American Quarter Horses vied for coveted championships August 22-30 in Amarillo.

Linda Coakley of Clearlake, Washington, wins her second Farnam Select All-Around Amateur title with her American Quarter Horse, Patsys Royal Secret. Journal photo.

From August 22 to 30, Farnam Select All-Around Amateur contenders competed in a variety of events throughout AQHA’s 2014 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo. The Adequan Select World is the pinnacle event for amateur exhibitors 50 and older from around the world, who must qualify to compete in classes representing halter, English and western disciplines.

This year, 69 contenders competed for the Farnam Select All-Around Amateur award, which is presented to the horse-and-rider team who earn the most points during the show.

For the second year in a row, the Farnam Select All-Around Amateur is Linda Coakley of Clearlake, Washington. Linda showed Patsys Royal Secret, a 2000 brown gelding. Patsys Royal Secret, who is by Make My Grey and out of Patsys Chic, was bred by Patricia Sowell of Sacramento, California. Linda and Patsys Royal Secret earned 49 points in three classes, winning reserve world champion titles in showmanship, horsemanship and hunt seat equitation.  

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Linda and Patsys Royal Secret received a prize package that included $10,000, plus $1,000 of Farnam product, an original Lisa Perry bronze, an embroidered WeatherBeeta horse blanket and a bouquet.

The following exhibitors and their talented American Quarter Horses rounded out the top-five placings in the Farnam Select All-Around Amateur race:

  • Reserve all-around amateur – Karen Miller Bruce of Lewisville, North Carolina, and Out Of Vogue
  • Third place – Jim Bound of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, and Bound To Whiz
  • Fourth place – Farley Barbera of Southern Pines, North Carolina, and Hot Jazzin Zippo
  • Fifth place – Shelley Nuhn Shepherd of Riverside, California, and Must Be A Detail

The 2014 Gene Graves Super-Select Special Recognition Award was presented to the Super-Select exhibitor, age 70 and over, earning the greatest number of points in competition at this year’s show. This year, 71 exhibitors qualified to compete for the award.

The recipient of the 2014 Gene Graves Super-Select Award is Rodger Call of Fort Worth, Texas. Rodger showed his American Quarter Horse Go Big Sky, who was bred by Melissa Cason of Bigfork, Montana. The 2001 gray gelding is by Skys Blue Boy and out of Marks Favorite (TB). Rodger and Go Big Sky earned a total of 16 points, winning the world champion title in pleasure driving and placing seventh in working hunter.

Eighty-nine-year-old Suzanne Jones of Tatum, New Mexico, and her homebred American Quarter Horse, Freckles On My Mind, were named the Nutrena Senior Athletes at the Adequan Select World. Freckles On My Mind is a 2002 sorrel gelding by One O Lena and out of Miss Ashley Freckles. Suzanne also won this award with Freckles On My Mind in 2012 and with Dash Zandella in 2013.

Visit to view the full results, see photos from the events, plus watch interviews with the new world champions, brought to you by The American Quarter Horse Journal.

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