By Katie NavarraThe American Quarter Horse JournalSeptember 19, 2013
Eleven-year old Shayla Vanvleck of Clifford Township, Pennsylvania, leads Blazing Hots Hisocks, "Tucker," to her first class of the weekend. (Katie Navarra photo) For more photos from the ESQHA Fall Show, scroll down.
The 2013 Empire State Quarter Horse Association Fall Show kicked off on Wednesday, September 18, at the New York State Fairgrounds Coliseum Show Complex in Syracuse, New York.
“This show will be bigger than last year,” says Charlotte Jaynes of WMF Show Services, which provides management services for the show. “We have 1,753 entries (as of Wednesday morning) and that will only continue to grow through Sunday.”
She predicts that entries total will surpass 2,000 by the time the show concludes Sunday.
“Having five judges is a big help in increasing entries,” she adds.
The ESQHA Fall Show attracts trainers, amateurs and youth competitors from as far as Iowa, Florida Ohio, Montreal and Ontario, plus many map-dots in between.
“The coliseum is a big draw because it gives riders a chance to give their horses experience in the coliseum before going to the All American Quarter Horse Congress,” Charlotte adds.
During the five-day show, exhibitors have the opportunity to enter in a variety of classes from trail and western riding to pleasure driving, western pleasure, halter, showmanship, working hunter, hunt seat equitation and equitation over fences.
Increased paybacks, points and paybacks for National Snaffle Bit Association and Roan Horse Association classes offer additional incentives for riders to haul in for the show. And a total of $20,245 in cash and awards will be handed out.
“So many exhibitors compliment the friendly atmosphere of this show,” Charlotte says. “We want it to be an enjoyable experience for them!”
The Empire State Quarter Horse Association has approximately 250 members. The association also sponsors a youth club, the Empire State Quarter Horse Youth Association.
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