Rausch showed her American Quarter Horse, Rare Splash of Cash, who is a 1998 sorrel mare. Rare Splash of Cash is sired by George Green and out of Rare Starlet, bred by Kevin Schermer of Buffalo, Minnesota.
The AQHA Bank of America Amateur and FedEx Open World Championship Show is the world's largest, single-breed world championship horse show and the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the 94 classes representing halter, English and western disciplines.
The 3,572 entries at this year's event represent competitors from 47 of the United States, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Venezuela. The show is being held November 5-19 at the Oklahoma City State Fair Park.
Launched this year, the Intermediate Awards program is designed to recognize exhibitors who have never placed in the top 10 at an American Quarter Horse Association World Show in the particular class in which they are competing. Intermediate classes run as classes within classes, not separate ones. Intermediate exhibitor status is based only on an exhibitor's lifetime, combined world show record, not on the number of points he/she has accumulated. An exhibitor does not have to make it to the finals of his/her class to be considered for an Intermediate award. Intermediate accomplishments will appear on the exhibitor's and horse's AQHA official record.
As the third place winner in Intermediate amateur barrel racing, Rausch received a 6-inch globe in addition to a specially-designed patch that can be placed on a qualifiers jacket.