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PCQHRA Awards Banquet set for January 24


January 23, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

A Ginny Harding original painting will be available at the RTCA silent auction
The Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association will hold its annual awards banquet in the Finish Line Room at Los Alamitos Race Course on Tuesday, January 24. The festivities will commence with a cocktail hour starting at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation starting at 8 p.m.

    Ed Burgart will serve as the master of ceremonies for the awards banquet, which annually honors Quarter Horse racing excellence in California. Ocean Runaway, Higher Fire and Catchmeinyourdreams are among the contenders for Horse of the Year honors. Awarded to the most outstanding horse in California, the PCQHRA Horse of the Year title has gone to the likes of Ocean Runaway in 2004, A Ransom in 2002 and 2000, Refrigerator in 1993 and 1992, First Down Dash in 1987, Cash Rate in 1985 and 1986 and Dash For Cash, who was the original recipient of this award back in 1977.

    Ten divisional awards are presented to the elite horses. In addition, the PCQHRA honors 11 leading money-earning Cal-bred horses by division. Other awards include Three Bars Award given to the top stallion standing in California; James V.A. Carter Award to the top Broodmare; Outstanding Achievement in Northern California Fairs; Val Tonks Memorial Award presented to a deserving up and coming rider; Jockey, Trainer, Owner and Breeder of the Year; Special Achievement Awards to a Jockey, Trainer, Breeder and Owner; and the Frank Vessels Sr. Memorial Award presented in appreciation of an outstanding contribution to the sport of Quarter Horse racing. Tickets to the PCQHRA Awards Banquet are still available by calling 714-236-1755.

The Los Alamitos division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America will hold its annual silent auction in conjuction with the PCQHRA Awards Banquet in the Finish Line Room on Tuesday, January 24.