For the past three weeks, the best exhibitors and horses have competed at the 2022 Farnam AQHA World Championship Show; AQHA Select World Championship Show presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan); and Adequan® Level 2 Championships; and Nutrena Level 1 Champion of the Champion Classes. The show runs through November 19 at the OKC Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. The 2022 AQHA All-Around Amateur Award will be presented to the exhibitor and horse team that scores the most points in three or more Level 3 amateur events in three categories during the show.
The 2022 AQHA All-Around Amateur is Morgan Ratkowski from Pleasant View, Tennessee, showing Better Buy The Minit.
The 2005 bay gelding by Do You Have A Minute out of Tickle My Asset was bred by Kramer/Davis from Reddick, Florida. Ratkowski and Better Buy The Minit scored 51 points in the all-around amateur competition. The team won the amateur world title in working hunterHunter Hack and riding over fencesFourth in hunting seat riding, sixth in jumping and ninth in the performance halter geldings.
Ratkowski received a prize package that included a choker, $10,000 and a Lisa Perry bronze.
The reserve all-around amateur is Mallory Vroegh of Grimes, Iowa, who displayed the Cool Made Machine owned by AQHA Professional Horsewoman Shannon Walker. The 2017 bay gelding by Machine Made out of Cool Krymsun Lady was bred by Knapp Quarter Horse Farms LC from Van Meter, Iowa. Vroegh and Cool Made Machine scored 37 points. In amateur competitions, they earned the Bronze Champion title in Halter Gelding, fourth place in Hunter Under Saddle, fifth place in Trail, and sixth place in Horsemanship and Hunt Seat Equitation.
Vroegh received $5,000 and a silver trophy.
Third place all-around amateur is Johnna Letchworth from Christine, North Dakota, who showed On The Roks. The 2016 chestnut gelding by The Rock out of Good Girl Rosy was bred by Angela and Susan Clark from Sweet Home, Oregon. Letchworth and On The Roks scored 24 points. In amateur competition they were the world champions in performance halter geldingsFifth in Showmanship, seventh in Equestrian Art over Fences and ninth in Horsemanship
Fourth-placed all-around amateur is Sara Poppleton from Largo, Florida, who showed Un Forgettab Lee. The 2015 bay gelding by Un Forgettable out of Big Wolf (TB) was bred by Laura Te Grotenhuis from Marshall, Illinois. Poppleton and Un Forgettab Lee received 22 points. In amateur competitions, the two won the reserve world championship title in show jumping, the bronze championship title in amateur pleasure driving, they finished seventh in jumping, eighth in hunter hack and ninth in working hunter.
The all-around amateur in fifth place is Melissa Wahrmund of Kerrville, Texas, who showed Krymsun Kryptonite owned by Barbara D. Gonzalez. The 2012 bay gelding by One Hot Krymsun and out of Sweet Talkin Jeannie was bred by Rick Meredith of Granbury, Texas. Wahrmund and Krymsun Kryptonite earned 20 points. In amateur competitions, the team placed fourth in trail and performance halter geldings, tenth in western riding, and was a finalist in horsemanship.
The all-around amateur award winners in places 3 through 5 received $1,500 each.