Release courtesy WCHA
The World Conformation Horse Association recently announced that Paint weanlings who are also registered with AQHA are eligible to compete in the WCHA Junior Weanling Classes taking place at the AQHA Lucas Oil World Championship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, later this fall.
“Last year we had a wonderful response to our inaugural event,” WCHA Executive Director Don Falcon said. “After seeing two really nice classes last year and then having the continued support of AQHA, we wanted to take these junior weanling classes to the next level.”
The 2019 event will be offered as a “Slot” class, with 20 slots offered for both Junior Weanling Fillies and another 20 slots for the Junior Weanling Colts/Geldings. Each slot can be purchased at $500 per slot, sold on a first come basis prior to July 1, 2019. If there are slots still available after July 1, the fee will increase to $750 until September 15; weanlings do not have to be named until this date. A “Junior Weanling” is considered any weanling foaled on or after March 1, 2019. Slots can be reassigned or resold; anyone purchasing a slot in 2019 will have first right to purchase in subsequent years. Weanlings must be registered with AQHA and sired by a stallion nominated into the WCHA Breeder’s Futurity Program. If also registered with APHA, eligible weanlings can compete regardless if they are solid or loud-colored, and all will be judged solely on conformation, structural correctness and eye appeal.
An additional “twist” to the format of the class is that the exhibitor must be a “Limited Non-Pro.”
“A Limited Non- Pro for these classes is defined as any Amateur or Youth exhibitor who has not won two (2) AQHA World Championship Titles in the last five (5) years,” Don explained. AQHA Select World and AQHA Youth World Championship titles are exempt.
The 2019 classes will have $5,000 added to each class, thanks to the generosity of June Rhea and stallion manager Kathy Smallwood in the name of their stallion, Valentino, for the Junior Weanling Filly class. Terry and Stacey Kull of Kull Ranch are adding an additional $5,000 in the name of their stallion, KR Hes Xceptional, to the Junior Weanling Colt class.
“The support June, Stacey and Terry have shown WCHA is outstanding and we are so appreciative of them along with June’s partner, Kathy Smallwood, and Kull Ranch managers Brenda and Dave Kellerman. If all slots sell, and with the $10,000 in added monies, we have the potential of a $30,000 purse for two classes [and will] create a wow factor for these junior classes in this great AQHA World Championship venue,” Don said.
For more information about purchasing a WCHA Junior Weanling Slot, please contact the WCHA Office at [email protected] or continually check the WCHA Web Site for updated information, conformationhorse.com.