California Riding Magazine • August, 2008

Western Side Story
A lot to do in August: From anti-inflammatories in Amarillo to benefits in Burbank.

by Gayle Carline

There are several horse shows to talk about this month, each exciting in their own way.

The first is the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Show, happening Aug. 1-9 in Oklahoma City, OK. Last year, nearly 2000 entries from 47 states, Brazil, Canada, Italy and Venezuela competed for top prizes in a variety of events.
AQHYA members serve as junior journalists during the show, providing both written and videotaped coverage of events and the competitors. Check out the AQHA website’s youth section,, for daily reports and interviews, as well as live coverage of every event.

In addition to competition, the exhibitors can participate in other activities, from talent shows to the Horse Bowl, a contest among teams to test their knowledge of horses. (Sample question: how many pairs of muscles are necessary to move one ear of a horse? See the end of this column for the answer.)

We wish our California kids the best of luck and the best of rides in Oklahoma City.

Think Pink

The next show I want to talk about is the Classic Championship Horse Show, which is being held Aug. 14-17 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank. Although smaller in scope, this show is big in heart and spirit. Hosted by Track One Events, the “Pink Show” will raise money and awareness for cancer, as well as celebrating cancer survivors. In addition to approved classes offered by AQHA and the Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA), there will be a blood mobile, a silent auction and plenty of opportunities to learn about cancer, to share stories of survival and to donate toward finding a cure.

According to the event sponsor and show secretary, Poncie Gimple, “We invite everyone to come ride for cancer awareness and celebrate the survivors among us. I wanted to launch the fundraiser this year, as it seems we all have a touch point – whether a friend, a family member or an acquaintance – who is coping with a cancer diagnosis. Surviving, and what it takes to get through it, impacts us all in so many ways.”

I urge everyone to get out to this event and show your support. If you were thinking about maybe showing your horse, go ahead and make your reservation. If you’re not ready or able to show, come out to Burbank, anyway. The horses are beautiful, the venue is great and the cause is well worth the trip. For more information visit, call 714-444-2918 or email

Anti-inflammatories and Amarillo

The last show I must mention is happening Aug. 25-31 in Amarillo, TX, when AQHA Select exhibitors will compete at the Bayer Select World Show. The Select division was created six years ago for competitors who are at least 50 years old and was an instant success. Last year’s Select World was host to almost 800 exhibitors; this year’s show promises to be a week of tough competitions and fun activities for everyone.

One thing I must mention about the AQHA world shows, whether for youth, select, or amateur competitors, is that they are fun to attend even if you are not showing. The atmosphere is charged with excitement in the arena, and the shopping is outrageous. So if you find yourself in Oklahoma City or Amarillo during one of these shows, take a seat in the stands or a stroll through the vendors. You won’t be sorry.

Singing the Sidelines Blues

As for me, Snoopy is still on the sidelines, as they say, letting his broken sesamoid bone heal. In August, I will be taking my yearly horseback ride in the beautiful Las Plumas National Forest, enjoying the scenery and dreaming of the day when Snoopy enters the trail arena in Amarillo.

Incidentally, the answer to the question above is: it takes five pairs of muscles to move one horse ear.