America's Horse Championships & Va. Trail Ride Air This Sunday on NBC Sports
- In a message dated 1/4/2007 12:38:57 PM Eastern Standard Time, tmpratt@... writes:
FYI: Virginia Trail ride in November will be a feature.
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Subject: America‚s Horse Championships Air This Sunday on NBC Sports
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America’s Horse Championships Air This Sunday on NBC Sports
Special Web Chat with World Champions Following Show
Amarillo, Texas – American Quarter Horses take center stage for the
America’s Horse Championships presented by Ford Trucks this Sunday, January
7, on NBC Sports Television at 1:30 p.m. Eastern/10:30 a.m. Pacific. The
one-hour special is based on a portion of the FedEx Open competition at the
American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show and highlights
the cutting and reining competitions along with other features. A special
Web chat with the world champions also will be held following the show.
“We were so pleased with the response from viewers and NBC last year,” said
Bill Brewer, AQHA Executive Vice President. “We enjoy having the chance to
bring The World to viewers across the country and for Web users to have the
opportunity to visit with our world champions.”
Two of the most popular and growing events – cutting and reining – will have
a dominant presence in the show. Cutting, the two-and-one-half minute battle
of horse versus cow will feature the junior competition for horses aged 5
years and younger. Reining, which has been compared to figure skating
because of required maneuvers such as sliding stops, fast circles and
precise spins, will highlight the senior competition for horses aged 6 years
Viewers have the opportunity to visit with junior cutting world champion
Phil Rapp and senior reining world champion Craig Schmersal during a special
Web chat following the show at 2:30 p.m. Eastern/11:30 am Pacific. Simply
log on to http://nbcsports.com and click the chat link that goes directly to
The program includes veteran sports announcer Tim Ryan and former
jockey-turned reporter Donna Brothers along with analyst AQHA Professional
Horseman Robbie Boyce of Jacksboro, Texas.
Through an additional feature, viewers will be taken through a scenic trail
ride in Virginia where the breed originated. Learn why the American Quarter
Horse is such an important part of the western lifestyle for millions.
Also, NBC will take a look back at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. This
special segment is presented by Fort Dodge. The 2007 World Equestrian Games
will take place in the United States at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010.
Check out http://aqha.com for special features about the American Quarter
Horse lifestyle just for NBC viewers.