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Local places third in world in equestrian event

September 11, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

Bits and pieces from the local sports scene.

Christine Hocutt-Senteney does well in equestrian event in Texas: Burbank resident Christine Hocutt-Senteney captured the third-place Farnam Select All-Around Amateur title at the 2012 Adequan Select American Quarter Horse Assn. World Championship Show Sept. 1 in Amarillo, Texas.

The Farnam Select All-Around Amateur contenders competed in a variety of events throughout the American Quarter Horse Assn.'s 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show. This year, 63 contenders competed for the Farnam Select All-Around Amateur award.

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Hocutt-Senteney showed her homebred American Quarter Horse, Bellieve Hes Blazing, who is a 1998 brown gelding. Hocutt-Senteney and Bellieve Hes Blazing earned a total of 31 points in four classes. The team placed eighth in hunt seat equitation, sixth in western riding and received the world championship title in horsemanship.

Hocutt-Senteney and Bellieve Hes Blazing received a prize package that included $1,000, plus $250 in Farnam product.

AQHA celebrated the 10th year of the Adequan Select World, which is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors, ages 50 and over, around the world. The exhibitors 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. The 1,273 entries at this year's event, representing competitors from 40 of the United States, Argentina, Canada and Sweden, competed for 43 world championships.

Youth football players earn spot in All-Star Bowl game: While attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp this Summer in Myrtle Beach, S.C, Mason McCumber Gandara, 11, and his brother, Ian McCumber Gandara, 8, were both named Offense-Defense All-American's and invited to participate in the seventh annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place Dec. 26-Jan. 1 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Mason, wide receiver for the Burbank Vikings Youth Tackle Football program's Midget Green team and Ian, a quarterback for organization's Pee-Wee squad, were selected for the honor from a group of young athletes numbering in the thousands from across the country.

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