A Busy Day of Prelims

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Prelims days are long at the AQHA World Show. When you have 114 entries in the senior ranch pleasure alone, a one-horse-at-a-time pattern class, that's a lot of horse-watching to do.

In the performance arena, this morning kicked off with the inaugural Level 1 Western pleasure stakes, for horses with little show-pen experience. It's the first time AQHA has offered a class like this at the show, and doesn't involve a world title, but does pay the winner based on entry numbers. Rusty Green and Rock County Kid won the class. That horse's name might ring a bell—he also won the amateur Western pleasure with Sharnai Thompson in the saddle.

Following that, prelims began for the junior and senior ranch pleasure, a class that's skyrocketing in terms of popularity. The junior class had 45 entries and the senior had 114, many of which had been shown in the roping prelims, held in the Jim Norick arena this morning, and many in contention for the Farnam Superhorse award.

Credit: Jennifer Paulson JD Yates spent the morning in the roping pen and then headed over to the ranch pleasure prelims, shown here on Smart Nu Shiner.

Credit: Jennifer Paulson JD Yates spent the morning in the roping pen and then headed over to the ranch pleasure prelims, shown here on Smart Nu Shiner.

Additionally, the senior Western riding prelims took place in the Jim Norick arena, with 37 horses running the pattern and a high preliminary score of 235 by Jason Martin on Heavenly Mac. The pair was the first of the class to work the pattern, and their score held.

Credit: Jennifer Paulson Jason Martin and Heavenly Mac were the first in the arena for the senior Western riding prelims, and their score of 235 held as the highest.

Credit: Jennifer Paulson Jason Martin and Heavenly Mac were the first in the arena for the senior Western riding prelims, and their score of 235 held as the highest.

Tonight is Pink Night at the World Show during the senior and junior trail finals. 

Tomorrow morning, I say goodbye to Oklahoma City, and Assistant Editor Alexis Bennett takes over our coverage. She'll bring you all the finals action, as well as keep you updated on the Farnam Superhorse leaders and post great videos from the pros covering all sorts of topics.

Thanks to Farnam Horse Products and Soft-Ride Equine Comfort Boots for sponsoring our coverage the the #FarnamSuperhorse race and giving our readers a chance to #WalkInOurBoots.

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