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2021 World Show Recap

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

The 2021 ABRA World Show, held July 19-24, 2021, proved to be a massive success with tremendous growth in entries and stalls.

Analytics of the show goes as follows:

  • 30% increase in stalls

  • 42% overall increase in entries:

    • 40% increase in Open

    • 57% increase in Amateur

    • 29% increase in Youth

    • 55% increase in Walk-Trot

The show's highlights included:

  • 17 All Around High-Point Awards - Saddles and Silver Spurs and Straps

  • World and Reserve World Championship Silver Award Buckles in each class

  • Welcome Party and YES Stallion Auction, raising money for the YES, Youth Educational Support program

  • Enjoyable youth activities during lunch breaks

  • Youth Judging Contest

  • NSBA Futurities

  • Trail clinic hosted by Tim Kamura

  • JR/SR Youth Ambassador contest

  • Open Wine Pleasure class

  • New Sportsmanship Award

  • New Facebook World Show group page

The show offered over 200 classes in Open, Amateur, Youth with a great assortment of Ranch Classes and Walk-Trot classes. Class champions and reserve champions received silver award buckles with ribbons to 10th place. In addition, saddles and silver spurs and straps were awarded to All Around High-Point winners. Over 115 NSBA classes ran concurrently with ABRA classes in which bronze trophies were awarded to the class champion.

The major increase in participation at the show brought with it challenges that the ABRA show staff handled well and will analyze how they can adjust the show schedule and give the exhibitors the very best experience showing at next year's World Show.

The huge increase in entries brought about extremely long days of showing and a big round of applause to the show's judges for enduring the long hours. Some classes had over 20 entries, and average classes were between 10-15+ entries. Complete results of the show can be viewed digitally online and can be downloaded and printed.

The ABRA cannot thank our exhibitors, sponsors, staff, and volunteers enough for being part of the huge success of this year's show. The ABRA board members appreciate all the feedback from the show and are rallying to discuss what can be done better for next year. The Board is always looking for people to volunteer and be a part of the service to exhibitors. Please get in touch with our office if you would like to participate as a volunteer within the ABRA!

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I really enjoy the show every year. Good people and good competition. The only down side was having the speed classes after the reining classes. The reiners want the arena hard so they can get good slides. That DOES NOT work for the speed classes, causing a serious fall of one of the horses injuring his rider enough to be taken off in an ambulance. It needs to be deep enough for horses to "get ahold of the ground"! PLEASE consider this when scheduling next years show!


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