Region Three: July 19

The hot weather at the AQHA Region Three Championship broke for pleasure driving, performance halter and hunt seat equitation.

By Jennifer Horton
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 19, 2013

2013 AQHA Region Three Championship performance halter, bar H Photography photo

Performance halter, as well as pleasure driving and hunt seat equitation were on Friday's slate of classes at the 2013 Region Three Championship. (bar H Photography photo) Scroll down for more photos.

Friday morning began bright and early at the 2013 AQHA Region Three Championship with the amateur and open pleasure driving classes, followed by the stallion and mares halter classes in St. Paul, Minnesota. Chad Sandoval of De Pere, Wisconsin, won both the amateur and open pleasure driving classes with Cityboy Or Cowboy, adding two buckles to the one he earned Thursday in amateur hunter under saddle.

David Stewart of Waverly, Iowa, came to his first AQHA Regional Championship this year with Arooster in order to compete in performance halter. David was proud as could be to win both the amateur and open performance halter mares by showing his 2006 sorrel mare himself. The Iowa horseman won matching buckles for himself and his wife, who gave up a short vacation at Clear Lake, Iowa, to come to the Region Three Championship.

Hunt seat equitation riders filled the arena in the afternoon. Select amateur equitation champion Terry Johnson of Appleton, Wisconsin, was very pleased with her horse, Easy Dashem Flash.

“I keep expecting someone to say a mistake was made,” she said, obviously very proud of her new buckle.

AQHA Professional Horseman Larry Spratto of Pickett, Wisconsin, presented a clinic on lead changes for western riding to very interested spectators and participants in the afternoon. Larry provided very clear, concise and simple instruction to help riders expand their knowledge and skills.

It seems the early birds got the chairs, rather than worms. The First Entry Received awards went to Courtney Penner for Canada and Jessica Bradley for USA. They each received an embroidered Region Three Championship director chairs.

For the first time since the inaugural Region Three Championship (known back then as the AQHA Region Three Experience), the show on Friday ended in the late afternoon, in daylight hours, which was a very welcome schedule for the exhibitors. The exhibitor barbecue party held a crowd as everyone had a chance to relax and socialize for the evening. Showmanship and horsemanship exhibitors took advantage of the early evening to prepare for Saturday’s classes. The hot, steamy weather broke for a beautiful day.

The youth of Region Three also hosted a hotly contested stick horse competition, enjoyed by participants and spectators.

Coming up on Saturday: geldings halter, showmanship and horsemanship.