LARC NEWS Posted: 2/14/2022 8:38:05 AM

APOLLITICAL PENCE IS 2021 PCQHRA HORSE OF THE YEAR

CAROL COOPER IS PRESENTED WITH FRANK N. VESSELS MEMORIAL AWARD

       Dunn Ranch’s Apollitical Pence, who scored his second consecutive Champion of Champions victory last year, has been named the 2021 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Horse of the Year. The announcement was made during a special awards video show that premiered on Friday evening and is now available on demand here.  The awards show can also be accessed via LosAlamitos.com.

       Hosted by Michael Wrona, the PCQHRA Awards celebrate the achievements of California’s Quarter Horse breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys, and champion horses of the 2021 season.

      Bred by Dunn Ranch and Womack Cavender Farms, Apollitical Pence won the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions in gate to wire fashion and crossed the finish line ¾ lengths ahead of nearest pursuer. The son of Apollitical Jess is only the fourth horse to win back-to-back runnings of the Champion of Champions. Apollitical Pence also won the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials and was third in the Grade 1 Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Winter Championship and fourth in the Grade 1 Go Man Go Handicap last year. Ridden by Armando Cervantes and trained by Monty Arrossa.

     “Pence has been a blessing to own,” owner Matt Dunn said. “I’d like to thank all the people involved from the start with this horse. It’s been a long road and we’ve been a lot of places. We still own his momma and raising babies out of her so it’s an exciting future.”

     Apollitical Pence was also named the PCQHRA champion aged gelding. He has already began his 2022 campaign, having posted the fastest qualifying time to Brad McKinzie Los Alamitos Winter Championship final to be held on Sunday, February 20.

     Carol Cooper, a PCQHRA Board Member for over 30 years and a founding member of the Women Behind Horse Racing, an organization that played a key role in promoting Quarter Horse racing in the 1980s, was presented with the 2021 Frank Vessels, Sr. Memorial Award. Carol was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the sport of Quarter Horse racing. She co-owned the AQHA champion Chingaderos, who won 23 races and $853,404 in his racing career and raced the 2020 Mr Jet Moore stakes winner Alamode among the many horses she campaigned.

        The complete list of award winners follows below with the special awards video featuring each nominee and honorees.

2021 PCQHRA AWARDS

HORSE OF THE YEAR

APOLLITICAL PENCE

Owner: Dunn Ranch

Breeder: Dunn Ranch/Womack Cavender Farms

 

CHAMPION TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT

GOLDEN BOI

Owner/Breeder: M&G Farms, Inc.

 

CO-CHAMPION

TWO-YEAR-OLD GELDING

BOMB CYCLONE

Owner: Rosenthal Ranch, LLC.

Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

CO-CHAMPION

TWO-YEAR-OLD GELDING

FAVORITE HONEY

Owner: Five Livestock Company, LLC, and Steve M. Wright

Breeder: Silver Racing Farm, LLC.

 

CHAMPION

TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY

SHE GOES UP

Owner/Breeder: Edward C. Allred

 

CHAMPION

THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT

FAVORITE COLOSSUS

Owner/Breeder: Jeff and Michelle Cravens

 

CHAMPION

THREE-YEAR-OLD GELDING

FLASH BAK

Owner: Dutch Master, III

Breeder: Jim Streelman or Bill Dale

 

CHAMPION

THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY

APOLLITICAL PATTY

Owner: Julianna Hawn Holt

Breeder: Jim Walker

 

CHAMPION

AGED STALLION

MENTAL ERROR

Owner: Bobby Simmons

Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

CHAMPION

AGED GELDING

APOLLITICAL PENCE

Owner: Dunn Ranch

Breeder: Dunn Ranch/Womack Cavender Farms

 

CHAMPION

AGED MARE

KISS THRU FIRE

Owner/Breeder: Gentry Farms (Robert Kirk Gentry)

 

MOONIST AWARD

COLLEGE SCANDAL

Owner/Breeder: Gentry Farms (Robert Kirk Gentry)

 

MOST IMPROVED HORSE AWARD

A DASH OF SIGN

Owner: Reliance Ranches. LLC

Breeder: The Mixer Ranch

 

INTERMOUNTAIN HORSE OF THE YEAR

CHICKS FAYVORITE

Owner/Breeder: Martha F. Wells

 

DISTANCE HORSE AWARD

BALLAST POINT

Owner: Paul C. Jones and Thompson Racing, Inc.

Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

JAMES V.A. CARTER AWARD

Outstanding Broodmare

REMEMBER ME ROSE

Owner: Steve D. Burns, DVM

Breeder: MLA International Company

 

THREE BARS AWARD

Outstanding Stallion

FAVORITE CARTEL

Owner: Steve D. Burns, DVM and Bobby Cox

Breeder: Paul C. Jones and Thompson Racing, Inc.

 

OWNER OF THE YEAR

EDWARD C. ALLRED

 

OWNER SPECIAL RECOGNITION

HOWARD NICHOLS

 

BREEDER OF THE YEAR

STEVE BURNS, DVM 

 

Breeder SPECIAL recognition

SILVER RACING FARM, LLC

 

TRAINER OF THE YEAR

JAIME H. GOMEZ

 

TRAINER SPECIAL RECOGNITION

JUAN ALEMAN

 

JOCKEY OF THE YEAR

RUBEN LOZANO

 

JOCKEY SPECIAL RECOGNITION

ARMANDO CERVANTES

 

VAL TONKS MEMORIAL AWARD

CO-WINNERS

DIEGO HERRERA AND HENRY REYNOSO LOPEZ

 

SAM THOMPSON MEMORIAL AWARD 

Presented by P.C.Q.H.R.A. to

SCOTT CRAIGMYLE 

For an individual who displays leadership within the Los Alamitos racing community

 

SPECIAL P.C.Q.H.R.A

RECOGNITION AWARD

PRESENTED TO

RUBEN ESCALANTE

For his contribution to Quarter Horse Racing

 

SPECIAL P.C.Q.H.R.A. 

RECOGNITION AWARD

PRESENTED TO

TVG

For its contributions to Quarter Horse Racing

 

FRANK VESSELS, SR.

MEMORIAL AWARD

Presented by P.C.Q.H.R.A. to

CAROL COOPER

In Recognition of an Outstanding Contribution to the Sport of Quarter Horse Racing

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

TWO-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED COLT

GOLDEN BOI

Cal-Bred Breeder: M&G Farms, Inc

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

TWO-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED GELDING

BOMB CYCLONE

Cal-Bred Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

TWO-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED FILLY

SHE GOES UP

Cal-Bred Breeder: Edward C. Allred

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

THREE-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED COLT

FAVORITE COLOSSUS

Cal-Bred Breeder: Jeff or Michelle Cravens

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

THREE-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED GELDING

OTHER WORLD

Cal-Bred Breeder: Edward C. Allred

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

THREE-YEAR-OLD CAL-BRED FILLY

ROVING KIND

Cal-Bred Breeder: Edward C. Allred

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

AGED CAL-BRED STALLION

MENTAL ERROR

Cal-Bred Breeder: Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

AGED CAL-BRED GELDING

POWERFUL FAVORITE

Cal-Bred Breeder: James Markum & Steve D. Burns, DVM

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

AGED CAL-BRED MARE

KISS THRU FIRE

Cal-Bred Breeder: Gentry Farms

 

LEADING MONEY-EARNING

CAL-BRED HORSE OF THE YEAR

GOLDEN BOI

Cal-Bred Breeder: M&G Farms, Inc

 

THOROUGHBRED OWNER OF THE YEAR

OSCAR PRIETO CASILLAS

 

THOROUGHBRED JOCKEY OF THE YEAR

CO-WINNERS

EDUARD ROJAS FERNANDEZ AND EDGAR PAYERAS

 

THOROUGHBRED TRAINER OF THE YEAR

JESUS URANGA

 

1,000 YARD HORSE OF THE YEAR

OH JERRY

Owner/Breeder: William L. Hedrick

 

MIXED-BREED JOCKEY OF THE YEAR

FRANCISCO ORDUNA ROJAS

 

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