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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Mortonite breeds world champion

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  • The American Quarter Horse Vital Signs Are Good earned the world championship in senior western riding at the 2012 FedEx Open American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Nov. 15 in Oklahoma City. The world champion was bred by Kristin Rinkenberger of Morton.
     
     Vital Signs Are Good is owned by Joe and Karen Moran of Laguna Hills, California. The 2000 red roan mare, sired by Zippos Mr Good Bar and Out of Vitalism, was shown by Jason Martin of Pilot Point, Texas.
     
     In the senior western riding class, 37 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $20,247.88. World champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy, Montana Silversmiths buckle, specially designed logoed jacket, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear, a WeatherBeeta embroidered blanket, neck wreath, a medallion and 100 pounds of Nutrena feed.
     
     The AQHA World Show is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines.
     
    More than 3,590 entries from the United States, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom and the Netherlands are competing for 97 world championships at this year’s event, Nov. 2-17 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
     
    For more news from the AQHA World Show, visit www.aqha.com/worldshow.
     
     FedEx is proud to be the title sponsor of the FedEx Open AQHA World Championship Show. Other show and event sponsors include Adequan, B&W Trailer Hitches, Farnam, FedEx, Ford, John Deere, Justin Boots, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Nutrena, Pfizer, Professional’s Choice, SmartPak, WeatherBeeta, Wrangler, The American Quarter Horse Journal, Cripple Creek, Kiser Arena Specialists, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, RFD-TV, State Fair Park and Fore Wheeler Golf Cars.

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