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The Ambassador Award, Open Competition Award, and Distance Horse of the Year Award are designed to recognize Arabian and  Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horses that excel outside of AHA. Horses nominated by the deadline are chosen by the AHA Awards Committee  at the Annual Convention each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Open Competition Award Winner

2021 Open Competition Award Winner

The 2021 Open Competition Award Winner was awarded to Bristol Blaze (Brubil x BH Bandolyn) a 14-year-old Grey Arabian gelding owned and bred by Melissa F Shaner.

Bristol began his show career on the Pennsylvania AHA show circuit in 2008 as a yearling, placing well in halter classes and earning top 5 with Pennsylvania AHA year end high point. However, where he really earned his biggest accomplishments and showcased the versatility of the Arabian breed was through ranch sorting, team penning, and Cowboy mounted shooting events. Bristol has earned OEIP high point awards for all three disciplines multiple times and has earned over 100 points with this program.

 

2021 Open Competition Award Winner

A few of the titles Bristol has won in his career as a performance horse are in 2018 Steel Town Gunslingers Rookie of the Year, the Perseverance Award, and 2018 OEIP High point winner for Ranch Sorting/Team Penning. Multiple high point awards and championships in 2019, 2020, and Steel Town Gunslingers L1 Champion in 2021.

Bristol truly is a talented performance horse that truly represents the versatility of the Arabian horse well. From his athleticism, bravery, and honesty to his sweet, gentle personality and high intelligence. “This grey gelding will do it all and then hang out by the fire and keep you company.” -Alana Elstner.

 

 

2021 Open Competition Award Winner

The 2021 Open Competition Award Winner was also awarded to Trade Secret CC+// (Allience x Saabra CC) an 18-year-old Black gelding owned by Darsie E Bell and bred by Cedar Crest Arabians.

Phil has been quite the inspiration story for many people who show Dressage on the open circuit. He also is one of the few purebred Arabians to have their official USEF Dressage Pony Card in 2015. He is recognized as “Phil the pony” around the barn.

At only 14.1 hands, Phil started out as a sadly neglected stallion not being treated properly before his current owner Darsie Bell started working with him after gelding him. He turned into a happy little horse that the judges loved to see in the arena doing his job. He is most known for his accomplishments on the open Dressage circuit, but he also excelled in Hunter, Trail, western, halter and sport horse disciplines.

2021 Open Competition Award WinnerA few of the titles Phil has earned are 2016 National Champion High Score Year End for 2nd level for the Adult Amateur division and 2018 National Champion High Score Year End Award for 3rd level. He also earned his Bronze medal for USDF within 15 months and 3 time USDF Dover Medal winner.

Trade Secret CC+// is truly an inspiration to Arabian horse owners everywhere of the try and grit this breed really has to preserve even in the worst of circumstances of how they started their life. He has accomplished a lot in his life from his National awards to the many high point titles he has been awarded. Phil the pony has earned the respect to be honored with this award.

 

2021 Ambassador Award Winner

2021 Ambassador Award Winner

The 2021 Ambassador Award winner is Intentionally Adira+/ (Star Intention x Eternal Gold SRA), an 8-year-old Grey Arabian Mare owned by Barbara Adler and bred by Rohara Arabians LLC or Zamira Arabians.  

At only 8 years of age, Lilly may be one of our youngest Ambassador Award winners, but she has already proven herself as a great representative of the Arabian breed. Not only from her success in the show ring, but through her work as a therapy horse and as a spokes horse for the local community from making appearances at feed stores and visiting assisted living homes.

She has earned many US National titles in Trail and regional top fives as well, but the most meaningful impact she has made was through her owner Barbara training her in the Drapery Sensory Method in 2018, which is a type of therapy that helps people suffering from anxiety disorders such as PTSD, depression, autism, and other issues. Lilly has used and continues to use her gentle disposition and her Arabian beauty to not only be used as a therapy horse, but also to bring comfort to the elderly who may be feeling lonely in an assisted living home.2021 Ambassador Award Winner


Intentionally Adira has brought joy to many people in her community through greeting customers at tractor supply, helping people heal from their traumas and anxieties, bringing comfort to those who need it, and her success in the arena. She truly showcases the beauty and sweet disposition the Arabian horse is known for.

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Ambassador Award Winner

The 2021 Ambassador Award was also awarded to JAG Kalico Kid+// (ASHA Stallion Cappuccino Royale x JAG Silhouette) a 21-year-old Bay Tobiano Half-Arabian gelding owned and bred by Kathy or James Gilker.

Kid has shown to have great success through his life in the show arena with multiple National championship show titles, regional titles. However, what he is most known for is introducing adults and children to the world of Arabians and riding through public appearances to being used to teach 4-Hers about horse judging and the Arabian horse.

It was his friendly, kind disposition that made him great for kids just starting out riding to older adults getting back in saddle again after time away. In 2019, Kid was invited to Breyerfest as one of 16 Arabians to represent the breed for the 30th Anniversary. He also was used at a meet & greet with the MentorMe youth program in 2018 where kids got the chance to meet and learn about horses and Arabians. Kid also was used as a part of the Berry College

2021 Ambassador Award Winner

Equestrian Team back in 2010 for their IHSA team. He has excelled in multiple disciplines to represent the versatility and hard work ethic of the breed.

JAG Kalico Kid with his patient, sweet, willing, and kind disposition has represented the Arabian and Half-arabian horse well through the many lessons he has taught and his work with the community.

 

 

 

2021 Distance Horse of the Year Award Winner

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Congratulations to the 2021 Distance Horse of the Year, Bantam Z, a 7 year old gelding out of MW Mister Z X Seranata+ and owned and ridden by Cynthia Mettes.

 

Bantam is out of one of Cynthia’s former Endurance/CTR mares, she had high hopes for what they might get from her as she had a successful distance career herself; Bantam has far exceeded their hopes and expectations. Bantam was born with a wonderful personality and combining that with an excellent trainer who put a phenomenal foundation on him, he has become a superb riding partner. Cindy and Bantam have competed in 5 different states in the 2021 ride season and experienced some fabulous venues, made new friends, and rode some spectacularly beautiful trails. In NATRC, Bantam placed in the Open Division with six first and 3 Sweepstakes awards. Bantam also completed an AERC limited distance pioneer ride (85 miles over 3 days) placing top 5 in each ride and was awarded High Vet Score on Day 3 along with placing in the Top 10 at his first AERC 50 in the mountains of Colorado. On top of all of that he also earned his NATRC National Championship and finished the year by winning the AHA Region 9 CTR Championship with a perfect score.

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Cindy comments “I would like to thank Bantam for giving me an unexpected year full of fun and excitement. Finally I would like to thank my husband, Kim, for supporting me in every way with my extreme horse passion. Bantam’s future looks bright and I look forward to many more miles on the trail with him and seeing what lies around the next bend in the trail.”

 


Ambassador Award

hands and heart_BorderThis award recognizes the Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horse(s) for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community to the general public.

 

The horse must have achieved a unique accomplishment that showcases the breed in order to be eligible. Persons who wish to have their horse considered for this award or persons who know of an outstanding horse to be considered for this award, must prepare a letter of particulars along with recommendation letters from a minimum of three (3) AHA members, including their AHA member numbers and submit it to the AHA office by September 1. Please see chapter 19 of the current AHA Handbook for additional details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous International Award Recipients

  • VALEZ - 1991
  • HAVOLY - 1994
  • TAKELA SUNRIZE - 1995
  • RIVER CHIEF - 1997
  • SW LETITIA - 2000
  • SYNBAADD - 2003

 

 

Previous Special Recognition Award Recipients

  • RO GRAND SULTAN+// - 1992
  • EA NOVETTE+// - 1993
  • SHALOM MISHKOH+// - 1994
  • KITWELL CONSUL+ - 1995
  • PIERAZ - 1995
  • REBELS RAIDER+// - 1995
  • THE ANVIL BAURAQ - 1996
  • FIFTH EDITION++// - 1998
  • BEY TSPARK+/ - 1999
  • KLASSIC FORTUNE - 1999
  • PF IMPULSE+/ - 2000
  • FLEET HALAANIZ+/ - 2001
  • SCRABBLE+// - 2001
  • DRAKAAR - 2004
  • EXCALABER+/ - 2004
  • RUSSIAN ROULETT+ - 2005
  • BEY MOON ZELA+ - 2005

 

 

Previous Ambassador Award Recipients

  • PROUD HJALLUMINATOR - 2005
  • AURORA MR+// - 2006
  • BTA INTRIGUES FINESSE+/ - 2006
  • OKW ENTRIGUE+++// - 2006
  • ARR BOOTLEGGER+ - 2007
  • AZIZA STAR - 2007
  • SNOOZE ALARM - 2007
  • TONKI STAR JLJ - 2007
  • TSARINA BINT RII - 2008
  • WH BODACIOUS - 2008
  • ATHENA+++// - 2009
  • GILET+/ - 2009
  • TH BARBARIAN+ - 2009
  • TS BLACK TIE AFFAIR - 2009
  • KHIST BYTHE WIND - 2010
  • DARKER N BEY - 2011
  • LEPRACHAN SCR - 2011
  • SSHAMELESS++ - 2012
  • JUST IN KAYCE+// - 2013
  • LEGENDARY D C - 2013
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2014
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2015
  • ORATION++++// - 2016
  • TAMAR AMELIA E+ - 2017
  • JAG LADY PEGASUS +/ - 2018

 

 

Open Competition Award

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This award recognizes an Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Horse(s) for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community in areas of Open competition such as, but not limited to: Open reining, competitive trail, competitive endurance, combined driving, hunter, eventing, jumping, carriage pleasure driving, working western and dressage. The horse must have received acknowledgement at the higher levels of competition such as, but not limited to: Regional championships, National competitions and International competitions open to all breeds and/or shown progressive and consistent accomplishment within the discipline.

 

In addition, it must have been acknowledged and promoted that the horse was a representative of the Arabian breed in some form; publications, demonstrations, or other public forums. Persons who wish to have their horse considered for this award or persons who know of an outstanding horse to be considered for this award must prepare a letter of particulars along with recommendation letters from a minimum of three (3) AHA members, including their AHA member numbers and submit it to the AHA office by September 1. Please see chapter 19 of the current AHA Handbook for additional details.

 

Previous Open Competition Award Recipients

  • 2010 Arabian Winner: MSU MAGIC J owned by Hilary Clayton
  • 2010 Half-Arabian/Anglo Arabian Winner: MADE IN THE SHADE owned by Mary Jo Hoepner
  • 2011 Arabian and Half-Arabian/Anglo Arabian Winners: There were no nominations for this year
  • 2012 Arabian Winner: HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL+/ owned by Lynn, Kyle, Margaret and Laura McAlister
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2013
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2014
  • 2015 Arabian Winner: Comandr-N-Chief+// owned by Stacey Burdick Taul
  • 2016 Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Winner: CURZON++++// owned by Patricia or Cassandra Harper
  • 2017 Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Winner: JAG ROYAL KNIGHT owned by Kathy J Gilker

 
For additional information on the Open Competition Award, or for help nominating a horse, please contact AHA.

 

 

Distance Horse of the Year Award

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This award recognizes the significant accomplishment of an Arabian or Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horse in the distance sports. Persons who wish to have their horse considered for this award or persons who know of an outstanding horse to be considered for this award must complete the official nomination form and submit it to the AHA office by November 1. Please see chapter 19 of the current AHA Handbook for additional details.

 

 

 

Previous Distance Horse of the Year Award Recipients

  • DR THUNDER BASK+// - 2004
  • TBR GRANITE CHIEF+/ - 2005
  • ARON MOON+// - 2006
  • DA AL CAPONE+// - 2007
  • CHASE THEWIND AH - 2008
  • AM I BLUE+/ - 2009
  • HADJI HALEF OMAR - 2010
  • OT SARA MONIET RSI - 2011
  • No eligible nominations were submitted for 2012
  • SS KHARADY KHID+/ - 2013
  • GF BRAZILS ENVY/ - 2014
  • SD EXPRESSA - 2015
  • FIRE MT ZOOM+/ - 2016
  • OT RASA RSI - 2017
  • PL MERCURY - 2018
  • GIACOMO - 2019
  • Award not given due to COVID - 2020
  • BANTAM Z - 2021