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29th Annual Los Amigos Championship Show

posted May 7, 2014, 9:32 AM by Kelly Powers   [ updated May 7, 2014, 9:40 AM ]
29th Annual Los Amigos Championship Show
The 29th Annual Los Amigos Championship Show is coming!

WHAT: 29th Annual Los Amigos Championship Show
WHERE: Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA
WHEN: July 23-25, 2010
JUDGE: Renzo Crolle Claux (ANCPCPP A Rated Judge)

After much consideration and many discussions about the results of the 2009 Exhibitor Survey, the Los Amigos Board has changed a few things to make Los Amigos the best show possible. Here are just a few of the new things that we will have this year…

To have the time to include sufficient classes for both the Breeding and Performance divisions, we felt that it was best to go back to a 3-day show. Having three days allows us all to relax a little bit, enjoy the show and our aficion for the Peruvian Horse. With this, we are bringing back Saturday night classes and some fun to go along with that as well.

Who doesn’t like winning money?!
Gelding Stakes: Not only do we have the Gelding Stakes class, which is a $500 guaranteed purse PLUS entries! This is typically a large class so the prize money should be substantial.
Member to Ride: We’ve also make the Los Amigos Member to Ride class a jackpot, in which $40 of the $50 entry fee goes into a pot. The winner of this Member to Ride class also wins the Tom & Beverly Voiss Perpetual Trophy that includes a beautiful medallion that the winner keeps.
Peruvian Reining Series: We have added four classes for the Peruvian Reining Series, a new set of classes that are performance oriented but stay with the traditions of the Peruvian Horse. All entry fees will be put into a jackpot and paid out as prize money. There are also end-of-year high point awards for those that exhibit in these classes at shows participating in the Series this year.Click here to download a complete set of guidelines.

We greatly appreciate your support of the Los Amigos Championship Show – we can’t put it on without sponsors! This year, we decided to offer discounted rates for multiple class sponsorships. Rates are:
Regular Classes: $35/each or 2 for $50
Championship Classes: $45/each or 2 for $75
We have also dropped the price of our Show Sponsor package to $300. This includes a banner in the arena, an end stall and two regular class sponsorships. That’s a $50 savings!
Please contact Dianna Whisenant (818/404-0757 to sponsor today!

We will be having the silent auction again this year at the show. This year, along with great jewelry, wine, books, tack, etc., we are offering breedings to FIVE incredible stallions:
JCG Gringo
MCD Cascabel
MCD Coronado+
MCD Rubinejo
RCh Ventarrones+
You need not be at the show to bid on these stallion services. We will be updating the Los Amigos Facebook page regularly with the current bids so that others around the country can bid as well.
If you are interested in donating something to the silent auction, please contact Danell Adams (949/436-2717 or or Joy Redman (562/301-0403 or

We know that bringing horses to a show is expensive so we are doing everything possible for you to get the most for your money. In the past, there were only 1-2 classes that bozal horses could enter. This year, we have the standard Gelding, Mare and Stallion Bozal classes but we have also added Bozal Pisos, which also qualifies for Best Bozal Horse of Show. There is also a class in the Peruvian Reining Series for bozal horses as well. Now you have Peruvian Reining Level One, Bozal, Bozal Pisos and the standard bozal classes!

After studying the entries for the Gait classes, we decided that it was best to divide the classes not only by gender, but also by age, just as we do for the Breeding classes. First and second place winners from all six of these classes will be able to enter Best Gaited Horse of Show. Also, to stay in line with Peru, Best Gaited Horse of Show now recognizes a Champion and Reserve Champion. The Champion will also win the Angie Schmidt Perpetual Trophy, which is a gorgeous glass champagne bucket. The winner will take home an etched bottle of champagne.

Come enjoy classes and exhibitions Saturday night. During the evening performance, Peruvian Horse Quarterly, Phenom Farms and Piloto’s Shadow Ranch are hosting a wine and cheese party in the arena seating area. Enjoy some delicious food and fantastic horses! Please join us in celebration of the world’s most wonderful horse: The Peruvian Horse!

This year, we are opening both the Amateur and Open Performance divisions to “alternative attire”. This is NOT mandatory, rather a new option. There are many that prefer not to wear whites so this allows them to wear different colors (still within the NAPHA-approved spectrum), vests and ties. A few other shows in our region have implemented alternative performance attire and it has been embraced by exhibitors so we thought that we’d give it a try.

After much thought and consideration on how to maintain the traditions of the Peruvian Horse, we have developed the “Peruvian Reining Series”. These are four classes, levels one (bit and bozal), two and three, that allow a wide range to horse and rider ability. The difficulty of the required maneuvers at each level increases, with level three having the required movements of the enfrenadura.
Multiple shows through out the Southwest are offering the Peruvian Reining Series. There will be two end-of-year High Point Awards: one for Professionals and one for Amateurs. These will be given to the Professional and Amateur that have accumulated the highest average score from all Peruvian Reining Series at the shows they exhibit at. A minimum of 3 scores will be required.Click here to download a complete set of guidelines.

We have a fantastic group of kids riding in the shows these days. They come from all over California so we thought that planning something fun for them on Friday would be a great way to break the ice. We have added a few Junior fun classes for Friday lunch, to be officiated by the Egg Stomp Queen herself, Cheryl Calentine. Afterwards, kids can enjoy a pizza party hosted by HVM Ranch and Hacienda *Sol de Oro (J). These classes do not count toward Junior High Points and are FREE to enter… just go have some fun!

We have added two new awards to this year’s roster… High Point Amateur of Show and El Premio del Futuro de la Raza. High Point Amateur is awarded to the amateur that accumulates the highest number of points in the Amateur division. El Premio del Futuro de la Raza is awarded by the judge, at his discretion, to the young mare or stallion that he feels shows the greatest potential for the future of the breed. The winner will be selected from entries in bozal and halter classes.

This year, we thought that it would be fun and informative to invite an animal communicator to the show. Candi Cane Cooper is an internationally acclaimed Animal Communicator and Certified Hypnotherapist. Her work has been forged from her commitment to mesh human and animal into one universal mind. When not talking to the animals, she spends time running her nonprofit animal rescue, Adoption 911. She will be available on the show grounds and her rates are $50 for 15 minutes or $75 for 30 minutes.

Well, there you have it! We hope that you come to the show as either an exhibitor or spectator. We’ve been advertising the show in Horseman’s News as well as online and a good turnout is expected. If you are unable to come, that doesn’t mean that you can’t sponsor a class or donate a silent auction item! We appreciate all of your input, help and support – we can’t do it without you!

See you July 23-25 in Santa Barbara!
Los Amigos Board of Directors