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.
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 (in 2014 that is Aug 10 after Mortlach show), 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
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.
With the fantastic participation in our youth classes in the last number of years we are also including an award specifically for our youth riders, the MOST IMPROVED YOUTH award. We have a number of dedicated youth members who work hard at & between every show to improve their performance every time they show and we'd like to recognize them for their efforts.
Nominations are now in, and if you have been to at least 1/2 of the shows in 2014 you are eligible to vote on these awards (in 2014 this means either 3 full weekends or 6 days of shows). Votes can be emailed to Noreen at firstname.lastname@example.org which is the preferred method or if that doesn't work for you please call 306-647-2124 (evenings). Voting will end on August 25, 2014 so if you are eligible to vote please DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!!
Nominations are as follows:
HORSE of the YEAR:
CD Fancy King
Majors Smoke Signal
BR Starlit Nic
Boons Smart N Dry
Duchess Perfect Image
Ron & Marilee Farrow (together as a couple)
Most Improved YOUTH:
Thank-you once again to Vetoquinol for sponsoring the wonderful bronze trophies that are used for these prestigious awards in our association.