The International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) made the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, their home for the 2019 IALHA National Championship Horse Show. From November 5-9, more than 90 of the country’s top purebred and part-bred Andalusians and Lusitanos were presented in a variety of classes, including halter, native tack and attire, dressage, western pleasure, saddle seat and more.
The following special awards were presented during the competition:
- Youth of the Year: Patricia Augustine (Bulverde, Texas)
- Breeder of the Year: Sharon Mohr, Asmohr Stables (Andes, N.Y.)
- Professional Horsewoman of the Year: Rose Watt (Cochranton, Penn.)
- Professional Horseman of the Year: Nick Phillips (Plano, Texas)
- Amateur Horsewoman of the Year: Jessica Daniel (Tomball, Texas)
- Amateur Horseman of the Year: Jerry Beatty (Guadalupe, Calif.)
Mediterraneo’s Venezia, Brenda Forsythe’s 8-year-old Andalusian mare, was recognized as the IALHA’s 2019 Purebred Horse of the Year. A Fabulous Dream KLM, Josie Croasmun’s 7-year-old mare, was recognized as the IALHA’s 2019 Half-Andalusian Horse of the Year.
The IALHA also hosted an exhibitor’s night in celebration of the Spanish and Portuguese heritage of the breed, as well as a fajita dinner in honor of the Latinx members of the IALHA community. The night included several traditional classes, including passage, long-lining, and piaffe, and a demonstration of native Mexican dancing.
The International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association is a recognized affiliate of US Equestrian. Keep up with the Andalusian and Lusitano breeds by following IALHA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.