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Gainesville Daily Register
Oklahoma City —
The American Quarter Horse Lil Ruf Catalyst earned the world championship in ranch pleasure at the 2012 FedEx Open American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Thursday, Nov. 8 in Oklahoma City. The world champion was bred by Werner Hermus of Valley View.
Lil Ruf Catalyst is owned by M. McKibben and H. Zimmerman of Whitesboro.
The 2006 black stallion, sired by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of Foxy Catalyst, was shown by Mozaun McKibben of Whitesboro, Texas.
In the ranch pleasure class, 66 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $38,117.84. 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, November 2-17 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
For more news from the AQHA World Show, visit www.aqha.com/worldshow.