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Super Sires was proud to sponsor and present the 2022 AQHA Pleasure Versatility Challenge. RV Not For Hire, the winner of the 2022 Pleasure Versatility Challenge, is sired by Machine Made and out of I Will Be A Good RV, who is by Super Sire Good I Will Be . “Teddy” was shown in all three classes by AQHA Professional Horseman Blake Weis, who picked up his third PVC win. Teddy is a 2019 bay gelding.
“It feels good, actually,” Blake said. “It was nerve wracking … it was a little tight. The top three horses were really, really good horses.”
“I rode the horse last year at the World Show and really like him,” Blake said. “I love him, but I didn’t have anyone (a customer) for him. Then early this year, my customer, Evon Werner, was looking for a horse and I knew Teddy was the one for him. So, I called Clay (Arrington) and asked him to bring the horse to Texas from Florida. So, Clay drove the horse to Texas the very next day.”
Since the inception of the AQHA Pleasure Versatility Challenge ALL the winners have a connection to our Super Sires program. The 2018 winner KM Flat Out The Best shown by Deanna Searles is by Super Sire VS Flatline; 2019 winner Snap It Send It shown by Blake Weis is by Super Sire VS Code Red; the 2020 winner Hot Lopin Lily shown by Blake Weis is out of a granddaughter of Super Sire Blazing Hot ; the 2021 winner Wellthereyougo shown by Robert King is by Super Sire Certainly A Vision.
Second place went to a new 2023 Super Sire VS The Fireman and AQHA Professional Horseman Aaron Moses, and third went to crowd favorite Xxtreme and Kyra Ley.
Now that Blake has won the PVC three times, does he have a good feel for the type of horse that it takes to win the event?
“I’m very big on the ‘look’ of the horse,” Blake said. “They have to be pretty. They have to halter. Obviously, I don’t go buy versatility horses, but when I look at one, I take into consideration whether they would be a fit for this competition.”
Horses competing in the Pleasure Versatility Challenge are shown sequentially in three classes in the Jim Norick Arena: a pattern class, sponsored by Cimarron Trailers, consisting of a blending of simplified trail and western riding maneuvers, which counts 40 percent; a western pleasure class, sponsored by The Equine Chronicle, which counts 40 percent; and a conformation class, sponsored by the World Conformation Horse Association, which counts 20 percent. Blue Ribbon Custom Tack is providing silver show equipment for the winners and, as a special incentive, will be giving away a custom work saddle to the contestant that finishes in 11th place overall. Super Sires was the sponsor of the Overall Competition.
"I was honored to be a part of presenting the awards on behalf of the Super Sires at the 2022 PVC challenge, " expressed Christa Conway, Executive Director of Super Sires. "What and exciting event and a testimony to the versatility of the American Quarter Horse and these stallions and their offspring that Super Sires promotes!"
Horses cannot have been shown astride in any western riding, trail or in any similar Pleasure Versatility Challenge event prior to the Farnam AQHA and Adequan® Select World official entry deadline of 5 p.m. Central on September 20. There are no eligibility restrictions for the western pleasure or conformation classes. As of the official entry deadline of September 20, and thereafter, horses may be shown without restriction at any competition without forfeiting Pleasure Versatility Challenge eligibility.
Blue Ribbon Custom Tack donated a Blue Ribbon work saddle with a Shane Dowdy tree to the 11th-place horse and rider, which was Cant Be Blue and Michael Jung of Farmington, Utah.
The American Quarter Horse receives wide acclamation as the most versatile breed in the world. Undeniably, two of the most important disciplines of the American Quarter Horse are conformation and western pleasure. Two highly sought after talents of an all-around horse are the ability to change leads and navigate trail poles. Blend these four components into an event, and you have the Pleasure Versatility Challenge. The event highlighted a well-conformed, athletic horse that is a pleasure to ride. With a solid base of proper training, that horse can go on to become world-caliber in a number of classes – eventually reaching the level of the highest performing AQHA all-around horses.
The objectives of the event were to:
1. Promote superior American Quarter Horses that demonstrate form to function, quality forward movement and trainability.
2. Promote two fundamental AQHA classes, conformation and western pleasure, that serve as the foundation of the American Quarter Horse breed, as well as a pattern class that demonstrates some of the most basic desirable aspects of the AQHA all-around horse.
3. Promote a Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show entertainment value event for spectators.
4. Promote a showcase for potential private-treaty sale opportunities as an AQHA all-around horse.
5. Promote an event that is beneficial to the horse industry.
Adapted from article by By Becky Newell of the AQHA Journal - See the full article HERE