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WARREN BACKHOUSE riding HOLLYWOOD GROOVER Q-85291 The 2018 Queensland State Reining Champi- onships were held at the Qld State Equestrian Centre from 8-11 August and the Qld Reining Horse Association (QRHA) and competitors went out of their way to put on a great show. Offering over $37,000 in prizemoney, the event was judged by international NRHA Judge, Bub Poplin, from the USA along with Australia’s own, NRHA accredited judge, Darren Simpson. The show featured all levels of competition with 468 entries across 42 classes of both NRHA sanctioned and non-sanctioned events over four days of competition Reining. The show was live streamed across the Inter- net attracting viewers both interstate and internationally and 120 riders competed at this prestigious event, with many high-profile horse and rider combinations competing for the coveted State Titles. After the introduction of AQHA Ranch Riding at the 2016 NRHA Derby in the States, and with growing popularity across both the States and Australia, QRHA started featuring Ranch Riding classes and clinics at club shows throughout the 2018 show season. Glenn Wyse conducted a Ranch Riding clinic in the lead up to the show which proved very popular for participants and fencesitters, emphasising the different showing styles and expectations of the judges between Reining and Ranch Riding. This culminated in very popular inaugural Ranch Riding classes at this year’s State Show, ably judged by AQHA accredited Kim Thake. Thea Griffin, riding RKN Whiz Bang Q-73196 , took out both the Beginner and Open Ranch riding classes with a very excited Michelle Delbridge earning Reserve Champion in the Open on her Reining horse Alright to be a Redneck. Michelle and her husband are the owners of Platinum Saddle Co, generously supporting the sport by donating a trophy saddle to the Open Futurity winner at this year’s show. With Leanne Bartlett, riding Whizkey on the Rocks Q-60208, and Angela Wicks on, Q Vista Peppa Revolution Q-76760, joining the hotly contested line up of winners in the Open Ranch riding, the emerging popularity of this class will help to make it a permanent fixture in future show programs. Wednesday featured all of the NRHA non-sanctioned events with the Open and 30 • The Australian Quarter Horse Magazine • September • October • 2018 Article- Kelli Ready photos OZSHOTS Non Pros showcasing their young horses in the Junior Horse events. After travelling all the way over from the States on her University break, Clancy Erlin, riding Topsal Roc tied for first place with fellow seasoned competitor Greg Walker on Ruff n Twisted. Scott Burnett and Smokin Sheriff began what turned out to be a very successful show when he tied for first with Noel Watson riding Colonel Einstein Q-75561. Noel later went on to take out the Senior Horse title on Einstein Flashy Jac Q-68286. Scott and Michelle Burnett operate Burnett Performance Horses out of Widgee QLD and this lovely couple dominated competition on their buckskins, earning a swag of buckles and garlands. Michelle, riding De Termi- nation Q-62390, won the buckles for the Tuffrock Non Pro and the Ed Smith Reining & Performance Horses Limited Open, with her highest score to date, a classy 144 run. Scott then dominated the prestigious Open Derby, winning all three classes on his young buckskin, Smokin Sheriff, for his share of the $5000 prizemoney offered across the three Open classes.