The Saskatchewan Reined Cow Horse Association, with the generous sponsorship of Vetoquinol, was proud to introduce two very exclusive & elite year-end awards in 2011. These two beautiful perpetual travelling bronze awards have become an on-going record of the Vetoquinol SRCHA Horse of the Year and the Vetoquinol SRCHA Most Sportsmanlike awards. Each trophy has the winner’s name engraved on a brass name plate, mounted on the trophy base each year & the winners keep the actual bronze trophy for one year at which time they receive a commemorative plaque from the SRCHA and the trophy will be presented to the award winner for the next year.
Thank-you once again to Vetoquinol for sponsoring the wonderful bronze trophies that are used for these prestigious awards in our association
The voting for these two distinctive awards is made by SRCHA members themselves making the awards very special indeed. To be eligible for either the horse of the year award or the sportsmanlike award, horses or members need to attend at least half of the shows in the current show season and this is also the criteria used to decide eligible voters as well, so that the people most familiar with what actually happened at the shows were the ones making these very important decisions. Nominations close at the end of the last regular jackpot show of the season, and voting is completed and awards presented at our year-end finals futurity & derby show where both the horse and riders are recognized for their contributions & performance throughout the year.
In making the decision to nominate or vote for HORSE OF THE YEAR award, the SRCHA encourages nominations of horses that personify a willing attitude and natural cow sense, and that make an athletic consistent team with their rider(s); therefore, it does not need to necessarily be the most successful in the show pen. In 2013 we had 7 horses nominated including Chicalicaboon, Majors Smoke Signal, Boons Smart N Dry, Majors Pic A Nic, Who You Callin Yellow, YOR Fine Line & Smokin Frizz. The award for HORSE OF THE YEAR was presented to MAJORS PIC A NIC owned by Barry & Brenda Clemens, showed by Barry Clemens.
For the SPORTSMANLIKE award, the SRCHA encourages the nomination of persons who are consistently courteous and supportive of their fellow competitors and show personnel, and who encourage and promote the sport of Reined Cow Horse. In 2013 we had 9 nominations including Willie Thompson, Bryan Birkett, Ron Farrow, Clint Kowalski, Krystal Gore, Donna Reid, Connor Wonko, Brenda Clemens & Bo Washniak. The award for 2013 MOST SPORTSMANLIKE was presented to Bryan Birkett
New for 2013 the SRCHA has decided to use the same format in determining our new MOST IMPROVED YOUTH award. With the increased participation in our youth classes in the last number of years, this will also become not only a tough decision for voters, but also a very coveted award for the chosen recipient. Four youth were nominated for this award in 2013, Mark Wonko, Sheldon Kowalski, Connor Wonko & Kody Farrow. This was maybe the toughest decision of all but in the end the set of trophy stirrups for 2013 MOST IMPROVED YOUTH were presented to Kody Farrow.
Congratulations to all of the nominees & award winners. A great testament to the quality of horses & sportsmanship within our association is the number of nominations in each of the categories and the difficult decision most members had in choosing just one to vote for.
Awards sponsored by Vetoquinol