2015 Champion Awards Ceremony Slide Show Presentation

Posted by Speedhorse on 01/20/2016
Champion Awards Ceremony hosted by Chris Kotulak
Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, Champion Two Year Old JESS GOOD CANDY: trainer, Clinton Crawford, Cheryl and Rozella Pevehouse of PV Quarter Horse Farms LLC, owner, and Dr Glenn Blodgett, Preisdent AQHA
Champion Two-Year-Old Gelding IMA FEARLESS HERO: Jose Flores, trainer, Kathy & Don Meneely of S-Quarter K LLC, owners; Dr. Jim Heird of AQHA
Champion 3-Year-Old Colt APOLLITICAL BLOOD: Juan Aleman, trainer; Juan Tirado of Rancho El Cabresto, Inc. owner; Craig Huffhines, Executive Vice President of AQHA
Champion 3-Year-Old Filly ASTICA: Janis and Mac Murray of MJ Farms, owner; Jill Giles and Wes Giles, trainers; Craig Huffhines Executive Vice President of AQHA
World Champion, Champion Three-Year-Old Gelding, Champion Three Year Old AQHA Supreme Racehorse HEZA DASHA FIRE: Jose Flores, trainer, Craig Huffhines, AQHA Executive Vice President; Kathy and Don Meneely of S-Quarter K LLC, owners
Champion Aged Stallion OPEN ME A CORONA: Dr. Tommy Hays, co-owner, Megan Wenzel, Craig Huffihines, Executive Vice President of AQHA
Champion Aged Gelding, AQHA Supreme Racehorse MOONIST: Dr. Steve Burns, accepting for Ronald J. Hartley, owner, Craig Huffhines, Executive Vice President of AQHA
Canadian Champion PANTHER HERO: Scott Reid, trainer; John S. Wilson, owner; Dr. Jim Heird AQHA
The announcement of 2015 World Champion HEZA DASHA FIRE: Bill Nolan, Jose Flores, trainer, Don & Kathy Meneely, owners, also received the Champion Breeder award
Champion Owner THE ESTATE OF CARL PEVEHOUSE: Dale Day, Cheryl and Rozella Pevehouse
Dale Day with Champion Trainer: PAUL JONES and his wife Marin
Champion Jockey: RICKY RAMIREZ Dr. Glenn Blodgett, President AQHA, and Ricky's son
AQHA Dam of Distinction DASHA FREDA: Kathy Meneely, Dr. Glenn Blodgett President AQHA, and Don Meneely of S-Quarter K, LLC, owner
Kathy and Don Meneely celebrate after accepting all of their accolades
Past President of AQHA Johnny Trotter was awarded the Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award by Dr. Glenn Blodgett, President AQHA
Val Clark, who is the Executive Director of TQHA, was awarded the Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement Award by Dr. Glenn Blodgett, President of AQHA
Dr. Charles Graham, one of Heritage Place original founders, accepts the award presented by AQHA for Industry and Events Recognition
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The 38th Annual Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale kicked off with the much-anticipated annual Pre-Sale Party hosted by Heritage Place. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the Pre-Sale Party is an event looked forward to by everyone in the industry because this is where people mingle and catch up before the 2015 AQHA Racing Champions are announced. The Champion announcements began at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium and included a webcast for those who could not attend. Chris Kotulak hosted the event while Remington Park Track Announcer Dale Day interviewed the connections of each champion and AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines presented the awards. Also included in the Champion awards ceremony was a special tribute to G.R. Carter, Jr., who unfortunately could not attend and a special Event & Industry Recongnition plaque was awarded to Heritage Place.

The 2015 Champions are as follows:

2015 World Champion, Champion Three-Year-Old Gelding, Champion Three year old

Heza Dasha Fire si 105, $726,432
(Walk Thru Fire – Dasha Freda, Mr Jess Perry)Heza Dasha Fire winning the Champion of Champions ©Los Alamitos

2015 Race Record:
1st Los Alamitos Super Derby-G1
1st Champion Of Champions-G1
1st Golden State Derby-G2

Breeder: S-Quarter K LLC
Owner: S-Quarter K LLC
Trainer: Jose Flores
Jockey: Cruz Mendez


2015 Champion Two Year-Old-Colt, Champion Two Year Old

Jess Good Candy si 92 $1,519,240
(Good Reason SA – Jess Send Candy, Mr Jess Perry)Jess Good Candy winning the All American Futurity ©Ruidoso Downs

2015 Race Record: 
1st All American Futurity-G1

Breeder: Carl C. Pevehouse
Owner: PV Quarter Horse Farms LLC
Trainer(s): Clinton Crawford
Jockey(s): Ivan Carnero­­ and G.R. Carter, Jr.


2015 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly

Walk Thru Crystal si 95, $664,059
(Walk Thru Fire – Corona Crystal, Corona Cartel)Walk Thru Fire winning the Ed Burke Million Futurity ©Los Alamitos

2015 Race Record:
1st Ed Burke Million Futurity-G1
1st Kindergarten Futurity-G2
4th Golden State Million Futurity-G1
10th Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity-G1

Breeders: La Presita LLC/Leon Armando
Owner: EG High Desert Farms LLC
Trainer(s): Yanet Rodriguez
Jockey(s): Jesus Ayala and Alejandro Luna


2015 Champion Two-Year-Old Gelding

Ima Fearless Hero si 92, $982,699Ima Fearless Hero winning the Los Al $2 Million Futurity ©Los Alamitos
(Valiant Hero – Dasha Freda, Mr Jess Perry)

2015 Race Record:
1st Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity-G1
1st PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity-G2
1st Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile

Breeder: S-Quarter K LLC
Owner: S-Quarter K LLC
Trainer(s): Jose Flores
Jockeys(s): Cruz Mendez


2015 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly

Astica si 110, $267,263
(Jesse James Jr – Alice K White, First Down Dash)Astica winning the Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap ©Coady Photography

2015 Race Record:
1st Zia Derby-RG2
1st Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap-RG2
1st Pelican Stakes
1st First Moonflash Stakes
2nd New Mexico Fillies & Mares Cha.-RG1

Breeder: MJ Farms
Owner: MJ Farms
Trainer(s): Jason Giles
Jockey(s): Adrian Ramos and L. Martinez


2015 Champion Three-Year-Old Colt

Apollitical Blood si 96, $1,016,840Apollitical Blood winning the All American Derby ©Ruidoso Downs
(Apollitical Jess – Brazilian Dasher, Fishers Dash)

2015 Race Record:
1st All American Derby-G1
6th Texas Classic Derby-G1

Breeders: Bruce & Jill Thompson
Owner: Rancho El Cabresto Inc.
Trainer(s): Juan Aleman
Jockey(s): Eduardo Nicasio and Omar Reyes


2015 Champion Aged Stallion

Open Me A Corona si 105, $222,000Open Me A Corona winning the Vals Fortune Stakes ©Coady Photography
(Coronas Leaving You – In The Open, Mr Eye Opener)

2015 Race Record:
1st Vals Fortune Stakes-RG2
1st Louisiana Classic-RG2
1st Louisiana Champions Day Classic-RG2
1st John Alleman Memorial Stakes-RG3
1st Mr Jess Perry Louisiana Downs
1st Opelousas Stakes

Breeder: Natalie Montgomery, DVM
Owners: Tommy Hays / Charles Forbes, Jr.
Trainer(s): Bobby Martinez
Jockey(s): Saul Ramirez, Jr.


2015 Champion Aged Mare

Quirky si 92, $157,955Quirky winning the Mildred N Vessels Maturity ©Los Alamitos
(Stel Corona – Dont Pass Bar, A Regal Choice)

2015 Race Record:
1st Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap-G1
1st Charger Bar Handicap-G2
1st California Breeders’ Matron Stakes-RG3
1st Ivan Ashment Handicap
6th Champion Of Champions-G1

Breeder: Edward C. Allred
Owner: Edward C. Allred
Trainer(s): James Glenn, Jr.
Jockey(s): Eulices Gomez and Carlos Huerta


2015 Champion Aged Gelding, Champion Aged Horse

Moonist si 101, $342,276Moonist winning the Spencer L. Childers California Breeders' Championship Handicap ©Los Alamitos
(Separatist – Your First Moon, First Down Dash)

2015 Race Record:
1st Go Man Go Handicap-G1
1st Robert L. Boniface LA Invitational-G1
1st Spencer Childers Cal Breeders’-RG1
1st Kaweah Bar Handicap-G3
1st Katella Handicap
2nd Los Alamitos Winter Championship-G1
2nd Champion Of Champions-G1
3rd Vessels Maturity-G1

Breeder: Vessels Stallion Farm LLC
Owner: Ronald J. Hartley
Trainer(s): John Cooper
Jockey(s): Cesar DeAlba


2015 Champion Distance Horse

Executive Trust si 101, $127,062Executive Trust winning the King Rick Rack Stakes ©Coady Photography
(Executive Menace-Entrust, Relagate TB)

2015 Race Record:
1st Master Salls Handicap
1st Herman Jefferson Stakes
1st King Rick Rack Stakes
2nd Sunland Distance Challenge-G3
2nd Remington Distance Handicap-G3
7th Special Hank Handicap

Breeder: Scarlett Hill Farm, Inc.
Owner: Meridyth Sherree
Trainer(s): Guadalupe Munoz, Jr.
Jockey(s): Ruby Gonzalez, Aldo Arboleda and Ry Eikleberry


2015 Canadian Champion

Panther Hero si 88, $61,584Panther Hero winning the John Deere Ajax Downs Juvenile Challenge ©Clive Cohen Photography
(Valiant Hero-Rona Mountain, Panther Mountain)

2015 Race Record:
1st Ajax Juvenile Challenge
1st Alex Picov Memorial Futurity
11th AQHA Juvenile Challenge Championship-G2

Breeder: Carole Lampron
Owner: John S. Wilson
Trainer(s): Scott Reid
Jockey(s): Cassandra Jeschke


2015 Mexican Champion

Volcoms Heart si 103, $60,619Volcoms Heart winning the Hipodromo Distaff Challenge ©Miguel A. Espinoza
(Volcom-Lethal Heart, Check Him Out)

2015 Race Record:
1st Hipodromo Distaff Challenge
1st Clasico Chirina Glorys
1st Merced Gomez Orozco Stakes
1st Clasico Campeon de Campeones
2nd Clasico Javier Rosique Palavic
3rd Clasico Inaugural – Division 1
3rd Hipodromo Championship Challenge

Breeder: P.K. Thomas
Owner: Jose Manuel Vasco Guzman
Trainer: Carlos Villanueva Campos
Jockey: Eddi Cuellar and Moises Molina


World Championship Cutter & Chariot Racing Association 2015 World Chariot Champion

Trainer: Owen Udy
Driver: Josh Thiar

First Element
(Volcom-As Blazin Goes, Chicks Beduino)
Breeder: P.K. Thomas
Owner: Jason O. Udy
Moonshine Boogie
Breeders: Gordon & Claudia Case
Owners: Richard Maughan, Edgar Hibbard and V. Owen Udy


2015 Champion Breeder
S-Quarter K, LLC
17-12(7)-1(0)-1(0) - $1,725,489

Graded Stakes Winners:
• Ima Fearless Hero (Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity-G1 and PCQHRA Breeders’ Futyurity-G2)
• Heza Dash Fire (Los Alamitos Super Derby-G1, Champion of Champions-G1 and Golden State Derby-G2)


2015 Champion Owner

The Estate of Carl Pevehouse
66-15(4)-9(3)-6(1) - $1,959,469

Graded Stakes Winners:
• Jess Good Candy (All American Futurity-G1)
• This Candys Awesome (Decketta Stakes-G3 and Higheasterjet Handicap-G3)


2015 Champion Trainer

Paul Jones
926-154(9)-137(12)-133(17) - $3,475,659

Graded Stakes Winners:
• BF Farm Boss (Ruidoso Derby-G1)
• Jake Gold BR (Los Alamitos Championship Challenge-G3)
• Moonstruck Love (Shue Fly Stakes -RG3)
• Flash Of Love (Mountaintop Futurity-RG3)

2015 Champion Jockey

Ricky Ramirez
455-91(16)-74(9)-49(5) - $3,679,913

Graded Stakes Winners
• Tres Friends (Texas Classic Futurity-G1 and Rainbow Futurity-G1)
• Bodacious Eagle (Texas Classic Derby-G1 and Dash For Cash Derby-G3)
• Famous Little Reba (Dash For Cash Futurity-G1)
• CR Tuckernuck (Zoetis Distance Challenge Championship-G1)
• Mayleen PYC (Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity-G3)
• Emperor Valerian (Paul’s Valley Handicap-G3)
• Cartels Pop Pop (TQHA Sale Futurity-RG2)


2015 Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement Award

Val Clark
The Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement Award is given to a woman to honor her service to the industry in the past year.


2015 Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award

Johnny Trotter
The Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award is given to a man in the Quarter Horse racing industry to recognize his achievement within the past year.


Congratulations to all of these remarkable individuals and to these incredible runners and their connections.
Good Luck to everyone placing their hopes and dreams in their 2016 runners to achieve such lofty goals!
Stay tuned in to Speedhorse for more photos from day one of the sale, which begins Thursday, January 21st at 10:00 a.m.

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