Andalusian World Cup

The 2016 Andalusian World Cup, once again held in Las Vegas, Nevada, was a runaway success for a third year running, securing it’s place as the definitive show for Iberian horses in North America.

With over $18,000.00 in prize money and an array of silver trophies, Dale Chavez buckles and Saddle, Bullfighting Saddle, rose blankets, coolers, and more, exhibitors went home with more than just bragging rights. The show’s four sections attracted over 250 horses, with an increasing rate of crossover between sections. As always, sections included ANCCE breeding classes, Working Equitation, Dressage, and an array of AWC Halter and Performance classes. AWC classes are open to Iberian horses with pure or partbred papers from any recognized registry, and horses from Canada, the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Spain were there to rise to the occasion. Competitors report that the overall atmosphere of the show was one of fun, good sportsmanship, and a growing sense of pride and quality within the Iberian breed community. A smashing success for the third year running, the show will be growing and expanding as participation increases, so if you have been waiting for the perfect venue to put your horsemanship to the test, the Andalusian World Cup will be waiting for you!

Amanda Latta and Prince Charming
How did World Cup compare to the previous year?
Every year this show gets better and better. Considering this is only the 3rd year of AWC they have done an amazing job making the show fun, professional and classy. Definitely my favorite show of the year.

What was your favorite class and why?
My personal favorite class this year was Working Equitation division. It is unlike any other type of discipline I’ve ever competed in. It spans 3 days, Dressage, Ease of Handling and Speed. For me it really comes down to doing your personal best rather than competing against others as in a rail class. Each day is a new day and you can do everything perfect or you can make one small mistake and get disqualified. There is a lot of suspense and you can go from the bottom of the leader board to the top in the blink of an eye.

How did you feel the competition was?
I think the competition in all disciplines was great. From Dressage to Working Equitation to the rail classes, there were exceptional horses and riders. Probably the best quality at a show that I’ve seen in many years.

What was your hi-lite of the show?
The highlight for me was winning the Working Equitation Novice Adult Amateur on my daughter’s 18 year old Welsh pony. We’ve only had him a year and a half and he absolutely loves this new discipline. We are learning together and I love the trust that he has in me. Plus its always fun to enter the large arena and have people you don’t even know shouting “Pony Power!”

Nancy Latta – Amandalusian Farm
AWC has become my favorite show to attend. Amandalusian Farm horses have attended and participated each of the 3 years of AWC .Each year AWC just gets better and better. The quality of horses was outstanding this year. The organizing team of Amber Lentz, Katherine Edwards and Kevin Kidder of AndalusianWorld have thought of everything in creating a horse show that offers so many disciplines under one roof which is so commendable and appreciated by me and I am sure by others. Of course, the equestrian facility at South Point is super to show at. We are already making plans to participate again in 2017. Can not wait!

Distinguido de Trujillo ridden by Lopez Tomas, owned by Yeguada Trujillo
How did World Cup compare to the previous year?
This was the first year we competed at the world cup. Since the show is later part of year it is complicated for us, since we are preparing for SICAB. The level of competition was really tough. You also had some breeders competing that are true professionals and knew how to prepare their horses very well.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was the 5 and 6 year stallions because that is the class my horse Distinguido competited in.

How did you feel the competition was?
The competition was really tough there was a high number of horses and we had Morerias competing from Mexico that have some really good talent.

What was your hi-lite of the show?
Highlight of the show for me was the awards given by USPRE for best colt, best filly, best mare, best stallion and best functional horse bred in the United States. All of the awards were received by horses bred by Yeguada Trujillo.

What class did your horse excel in and why?
The class that Distinguidode Trujillo won was calls 10 which is stallions that are 5-6 of age. Distinguido de Trujillo is a horse that is undefeated to date. He has been competing since he was 1 year old. He beat the horses that won the National Championship this year in Mexico and its extra special since we breed him.

A Fabulous Dream, owned and shown by Josie Croasmun Don Divo 2012, owned by Cheryl Croasmun and shown by Sydney Croasmun Both horses are trained and shown by Lauren LaVine

How did World Cup compare to the previous year?
We brought two young horses (four year olds) this year, so we did not have a lot of expectations for the rail classes like we did last year with more seasoned horses. Once we got them in the ring, you would never have known their age. They were both spectacular and took the electricity of the arena and the crowds in stride. It’s such a rewarding experience as an owner to see my horses perform spectacularly.

What was your favorite class and why?
I think I have two favorite classes. I love watching the Youth Equitation class. The youth riders are so focused out there and they really give it all when they are in the ring. I truly admire their equation skills.

My other favorite class is the Western Supreme Championship class. The competitors in that class are so polished and since the beautiful saddle is at stake, we get to watch the best of the best out there … and my daughter, Sydney Croasmun, come in as Reserve Champion in that class sure made it exciting!

How did you feel the competition was?
The competition at this show is always great. Not only are the competitors quality riders, but everyone is so friendly and supportive. Every year, there are new horses and riders to cause everyone to rise to the occasion. The junior rider divisions are growing as well. It is exciting to see the next generation of riders coming up through the ranks.

What was your hi-lite of the show?
Wow, there are so many moments … Overall, I would have to say that watching my daughter, Josie Croasmun, ride her mare in the under saddle classes was a big highlight for me. Josie bought this mare from her trainer, Lauren LaVine, when the mare was 6 months old. She has worked very hard to get her ready for the showing and it was just beautiful to watch the two of them be true partners. It was worth the wait!

What class did your horse excel in and why? 
Both of our four year old horses excelled in Sport Horse In Hand. Don Divo 2012, our four year old Andalusian stallion, placed first with an 81 and Josie Croasmun’s “A Fabulous Dream”, our four year old Half-Andalusian mare won first in her division as well. I’m so incredibly proud of these two youngsters and I’m thrilled that they scored so high in this particular class. Our trainer, Lauren LaVine is truly gifted when working with these young horses.

Joanne Asman and Lucero BP
How did World Cup compare to the previous year? 
I thought it was wonderful. Well Run.

What was your favorite class and why?
Western Pleasure Open because my daughter Lauren LaVine Won the class on my horse Lucero BP.

What was your hi-lite of the show?
Catching up with so many old friends.

What class did your horse excel in and why?
Lucero BP excelled in every class he was in never winning less than a 3rd place and several 1st Places and Reserve Championships.

Lauren La Vine – La Vine Equestrian
How did World Cup compare to the previous year? 
The schedule was much better and I felt the staff was more available to help with problems.

What was your favorite class and why?
Oh I have so many. I was honored to show such amazing horses for my clients. I brought home 3 1sts and one 2nd on the horses I rode. But for me when your clients, which at the moment is mostly youth, are able to go out and successful show their horses makes it the best.

How did you feel the competition was?
I felt that the completion was fierce this year. Everyone brought their A game.

What was your hi-lite of the show?
When my daughter Bailee (3yr) got to ride a filly I bred and foaled A Fabulous Dream (filly is 4yr) in the leadline class. This was an emotional class for me.

What class did your horse excel in and why?
Super proud of the 2 – 4yr old horses I brought to the show. One a stallion that has only been with me for 3 months and we went out and won the Jr horse huntseat and western classes. The other a filly I bred and foaled and now have had the pleasure to train for Josie Croausmun winning the half Andalusian Jr. horse class was awesome. An extra treat for me was riding my mom’s horse (Joanne Asman) Lucero BP and winning the western open class.

Valerie Vilardi & Companero III “Tres”
How did World Cup compare to the previous year? 
There was more competition than in previous years, it is wonderful to see this show grow so quickly. I look forward to doing it again next year.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class for myself is always the Heritage and Fantasy class

How did you feel the competition was? 
It was stiff but that is what makes it fun

What was your hi-lite of the show? 
For me it was watching my horse win Supreme Reserve Western Champion with his young rider Sydney Croasmun.

What class did your horse excel in and why? 
He excelled in every class he went in especially the Supreme Western Pleasure Championship, he came home with 2 Championships, 2 Reserve Championships, 7 First place wins. I am very proud of him. Tatum Sullivan and Lucero BP

What was your favorite class and why?
Youth English Equitation, Costume class….It was fun and different than the usual classes that are entered for English shows.

How did you feel the competition was?
For the youth classes, it was good. However, it would have been great to have had more entries for each class. At this level, you would expect to have more riders at your level to compete with.

What was your hi-lite of the show?
Being awarded Reserve Championship Youth English Equitation, Entering first showmanship class. The whole venue and ambiance of the show was amazing for a young rider!

What class did your horse excel in and why? 
Youth English Equitation Rider and horse were more relaxed for this class, as it was not the first day. Rider and horse improved as the show progressed thanks to her trainer helping her correct and tweak her technique to meet the level of competition at this event.

Tilley Andalusians 

Andalusian World Cup is fast becoming the elite show for Spanish and Lusitano Horses. It offers something for everyone. Halter, Performance, Working Equitation and Dressage, along with APSL Revision. It is a true SHOW — and first class all the way, the ribbons, trophies, prize money, staff, location, etc. – everything is outstanding.

Andalusian World Cup was once again a very successful show for Tilley Andalusians. In 2014, we had the privilege of winning the Western Supreme Championship and the Dale Chavez Western Saddle with DiMaggio TA and in 2016 we celebrated another Western Supreme Championship win with XO Hennesey TA, a ten year old Bay Roan Half Andalusian Gelding, who was the unanimous choice by the judges.

Our Three Year Old Stallion, Zagal LXXVI, won his halter division and a best movement award then went on to be unanimous AW Champion of Stallions.

In the Dressage Division, our nine year old Lusitano mare, Cereja, was first in her Fourth Level, Test one. And her full sister, Harlowe CR, Showing for the first time in Dressage was second in Training Level, Test 2.

Tilley Andalusians wishes to thank and congratulate our trainer, Bill Deeney, for his outstanding ability and success with our magnificent horses.