and training facility tour to kick off AYHC National Youth
WORTH, Texas-Four top-notch horse breeding and training facilities
will be part of a tour slated for the first day of the American
Youth Horse Council's (AYHC) National Youth Horse Leader's Symposium,
to be held Feb. 20-22 in Irving, Texas. This pre-conference tour
will start out at 9 a.m. on February 20 at the Harvey Hotel in Irving,
Texas, also the site of the symposium.
The outing will include visits to Valor Farm, a racing facility;
McQuay Stables, a reining and hunter/jumper facility; Punk Carter
Cutting Horses, a cutting facility; and Finkenbinder Ranch, a halter
horse facility. The American Junior Paint Horse Association (AjPHA),
the Tarrant County Extension Service and AYHC are organizing and
sponsoring the tour.
National Youth Leaders Symposium
Hosted by both the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and the
American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) this year, the AYHC National
Youth Horse Leader's Symposium unites leaders from all horse-oriented
youth groups and riding disciplines to help shape the future of
the equine industry. The symposium includes topics geared for three
different audiences: youth, volunteer leaders and industry professionals.
Following the pre-conference tour, a trade show will begin at 3
p.m. on Feb. 20, at the Harvey Hotel, along with a welcome reception
at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Feb. 21, live demonstrations on trailering and horsemanship
will be held at the Cowtown Coliseum, in Fort Worth, Texas. Presentations
and workshops will start at 1 p.m., back at the Harvey Hotel. The
AYHC General Membership meeting will be at 6 p.m., followed by an
On Sunday, Feb. 22, a special leadership program and a panel discussion
will follow at the hotel.
Featured speakers at the symposium will include Jim Campbell, host
of the popular Horsemen's Radio Weekly; Julie Fershtman, an expert
in equine law; Julie Goodnight, a national clinician at Horse Expos
and Fairs across the country and program director for the Certified
Horsemanship Association; and Dr. Doug Householder, a 30-year veteran
of the Texas 4-H program and horse industry.
To attend the symposium, contact Jill Montgomery at AYHC by phone
at (800) 879-2942. To reserve a room, call (972) 929-4500. Refer
to the AYHC to receive a discount. For more details, visit http://www.ayhc.com.
Jill reports that the pre-conference tour is full at this time,
but she is making is taking a list of people who are interested
in the event vacancies arise.
Valor Farm is located in Pilot Point, Texas. Clarence and Dorothy
Scharbauer breed both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses at the farm.
In 1991, the Scharbauers purchased 393 acres in Denton County. About
two years later, the barns and 18 miles of fence were completed.
With the goal of one day having winning horses at the Kentucky Derby,
the Scharbaurers looked to continue the precedent set by Dorothy's
father, Fred Turner Jr., who won the Derby with a horse named Tomy
Lee in 1959. The couple began purchasing Thoroughbred yearlings
in 1984 to work toward their goal.
The Scharbauers currently have six horses among their stallion roster-Early
Flyer, Hadif, Gold Legend, Gold Regent, Magic Cat and Rare Brick.
According to The Blood-Horse magazine, Hadif, Gold Legend and Rare
Brick all hold spots within the top 11 for leading sires in Texas.
Clarence also is an inductee to the Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
McQuay Stables, located in Tioga, Texas, provides breeding, training,
sales and consultation
for those involved in reining horses, as well as hunters and jumpers.
Owner Tim McQuay is the leading All-Time Money Earner for the National
Reining Horse Association (NRHA), with more than $1.5 million in
winnings, and was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame.
Hollywood Dun It, McQuay's prized stallion, is NRHA's Leading All-Time
Sire of Reining Horses, with progeny earning more than $3 million.
The flashy dun stallion was the first reining horse to be used as
a Breyer model.
McQuay gave an outstanding performance with RR Star at the 2003
NRHA Open Derby, making the Paint stallion the first horse in history
to win both the Derby and NRHA Futurity. RR Star, who stands at
McQuay Stables, is the all-time highest money earner in NRHA history,
with earnings totaling $222,750.
Tim's wife, Colleen, is the hunter/jumper expert at the facility.
For the past 20 years, she has been a top hunter and jumper rider
and trainer. She holds five American Quarter Horse Association Championships.
Colleen is a member of the U.S. Equestrian Hunter Committee, International
Horsemen's Advisory, and is on the board of directors of the Legacy
Carter Cutting Horses
Punk Carter has been a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA)
director for more than 20 years and is a past president of the association.
He was inducted into the NCHA Members' Hall of Fame during the NCHA
Futurity in 2002.
Carter works with cutters of many levels of ability and conducts
clinics in the United States. Cutting is a family tradition for
Carter. Punk's mentor is his father, John. His brother, Roy, is
also a successful cutting horse trainer.
Carter is on the NCHA Executive Board and holds an AAA NCHA judges
card. The Carter family can often be seen competing together at
cutting horse shows in Texas.
Along with his accomplishments in the arena, Carter is also a successful
inventor and businessman. He has created his own brand of barbecue
sauce, horse supplement and has his own signature cutting saddle.
Tim Finkenbinder of Collinsville, Texas, has spent more than two
decades selecting, fitting and showing weanling Paint halter horses.
Finkenbinder has earned numerous World Championship titles with
horses he has trained. He has been to nearly every Paint National
and World Show since 1976. In 2001, he surpassed many of his expectations
at the World Championship Paint Horse Show-earning five World Championships
and six Top 10 finishes-setting his personal best.
Finkenbinder works with Western pleasure horses, as well as amateur
and youth competitors. He holds judging cards with four associations.
Halter is the great foundation for Paint Horses, Finkenbinder said.
He said he views the halter horse as the base model on which to
build the Paint Horse breed.
AjPHA, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, is an organization
for youth aged 18 and younger that fosters leadership, citizenship
and friendship. Today, it has more than 6,500 members across the
United States and in foreign countries.
To learn more about the symposium, to join AjPHA, or if you have
any questions, contact Ruthie Stotler at (817) 834-2742, extension
248, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.