Local wins third place at World Championship Show

The American Quarter Horse Journal, Oklahoma City– Dustin Johnson of McCool, Mississippi, and Sonya Nannette Buckner of Magee, Mississippi, captured third place in ranch sorting at the 2012 FedEx Open American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Tuesday, November 6 in Oklahoma City.

Johnson showed the American Quarter Horse Tuff N Hickory a 1999 sorrel gelding owned by Richard Dean of Brandon, Mississippi. Tuff N Hickory, sired by Smart Little Bingo and out of Bingos Hickory Gala, was bred by Frank and Gala Chapman of Camden, Alabama.

Buckner showed the American Quarter Horse Smartys Dr Delight a 2005 chestnut stallion owned by Tommy Brian Buckner of Magee, Mississippi. Smartys Dr Delight, sired by Smart Lil Scoot and out of Dual Delight, was bred by Billy Martin of Millsap, Texas.

In the ranch sorting class, 81 teams competed for world champion honors and a purse of $88,652.88. Third place received a prize package that included a custom-designed bronze trophy, Montana Silversmiths buckle, specially designed logoed jacket, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear, Professional’s Choice Sports Medicine Boots and a medallion.

The AQHA World Show is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. More than 3,590 entries from the United States, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom and the Netherlands are competing for 97 world championships at this year’s event, November 2-17 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

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