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Professional Clinics Offered at AQHYA World Championship Show

AQHA Press Release

Amarillo, Texas, June 8, 2004 - Four American Quarter Horse Association Team Wrangler members are geared up to present two educational clinics. At this year's American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show, experts will offer top-of-the line tips on team penning and team roping.

Team Wrangler members Robin Stang and James Eitel will host a team penning clinic from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. Stang, of Washington, Pennsylvania, is a member of Team Riata, and has spent his entire life around horses. He began his professional career as a farrier and then began showing horses. He was a member of 2003 Team Wrangler and hosted the team penning clinic at last year's Youth World Show. Stang's successes include an AQHA reserve world championship and awards in the United States Team Penning Association.

Eitel also is on Team Riata and is from Calverton, Virginia. He is an American Quarter Horse trainer of more than 20 years. Team penning became his event of choice nearly 10 years ago. He was a member of Team Wrangler in 2003 and also hosted last year's team penning clinic at the Youth World Show.

Head back to the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum at 4 p.m. to learn the tricks of team roping from Team Twenty X's Jay Holmes and Team Riata's Steve Orth. Holmes, of Sarasota, Florida, grew up competing at youth shows and jackpot rodeos. His career highlights include training cutting horses for the famed King Ranch. Now, he shows cutting horses, reined cow horses and continues his success on the rodeo trail.

Orth, of Guthrie, Oklahoma, has trained roping horses professionally for 10 years. His wins include AQHA world championship and reserve world championship titles. Orth was the inaugural winner of the AQHA year-end, high-point leading exhibitor award, which was presented in 2001.

Thirty-three AQHA Professional Horsemen participate in Team Wrangler. Selection is based upon the number of points earned for show industry professionals, or points earned in racing competition for racing industry professionals, in AQHA events during the previous competition year.

The 33 competitors are divided into three teams - Team Riata, Team Twenty X and Team Cowboy Cut. The three 11-member teams compete for points from January 1, 2004 through October 31, 2004.

The credits earned in categories are based on points earned by show industry professionals; credits for racing industry professionals are calculated according to the current MBNA America Racing Challenge award criteria.

Wrangler will present the winning team, Exhibitor of the Year and Trainer of the Year awards at the 2004 AQHA World Championship Show in November in Oklahoma City. Wrangler will make a $20,000 contribution to AQHF on behalf of the winning team to establish a scholarship designated for AQHYA members who are members of the Wrangler All-Star Team. Each member of the winning team will receive a $1,000 cash award.

Wrangler, "a legend in jeans," joined AQHA as a corporate partner in 1989 and produces AQHA's official jeans and shirts. The Greensboro, North Carolina, company is a presenting sponsor of the AQHYA Leadership Conference. Wrangler also provides products to each state youth affiliate and sponsors the Wrangler All-Star Team, which comprises 150 outstanding AQHYA members. Wrangler continues this effort by providing Team Wrangler members with opportunities to hold workshops and clinics for all types of people, at different stages of their experience, to spread the outstanding word about the American Quarter Horse and benefits of the American Quarter Horse Association can offer a person or a family as they discover their lifestyle.

For more information on the Youth World Show, the largest equine single-breed youth show in the world, contact AQHA. To view this year's Team Wrangler members, visit