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In the Spotlight Archive

The American Quarter Horse Journal loves to feature the hard-working AQHA exhibitor.

Everyone has a story. The American Quarter Horse Journal wants to share those stories with you through In the Spotlight. In each edition, In the Spotlight features the hard-working AQHA exhibitor.

Do you know a hard-working AQHA competitor who deserves some time in the limelight? Email AQHA Internet Editor Tara Matsler at tmatsler@aqha.org to submit story ideas.

Jean, Amanda and Jason Seymour of Olathe, Colorado, showing at the 2013 AQHA Region Seven Championship in Salina, Utah.
Jean, Amanda and Jason Seymour are a do-it-yourself AQHA ranching and showing family from Olathe, Colorado. (Journal photo)
  • Jennifer Anderson, April 22, 2013 – Novice amateur Jennifer Anderson of Bay Minette, Alabama, knows how to stay busy, in the show ring and out of it.
  • Amy Leibold, April 29, 2013 – Novice amateur Amy Leibold of Dubuque, Iowa, conquers obstacles in competition and life with help from a fantastic support system.
  • Leona Parr, May 6, 2013 – From 4-H member to 4-H extension agent, Novice amateur Leona Parr of Lexington, South Carolina, shows that things in life have a habit of coming full circle.
  • Tara Salter, May 13, 2013 – Tara Salter of Waynesboro, Georgia, is the true definition of an all-around rider, changing saddles from barrel racing to hunt seat equitation.
  • Julie Cole, May 20, 2013 – New York's Julie Cole says her American Quarter Horse, Size Matters, puts a smile on her face each and every day.
  • Rose Holt, June 3, 2013 – After raising two horse-crazy kids and surviving a battle with cancer, it’s Rose Holt’s turn in the AQHA show pen.
  • Cathy Ebsen, June 10, 2013 – Growing up in a show-biz family, Select amateur competitor Cathy Ebsen gravitated to the horse-show world.
  • Warnetta Martin, June 17, 2013 – Whether it’s breeding, showing or riding, Warnetta Martin is at home, just as long as they’re American Quarter Horses.
  • Tina McElroy, June 24, 2013 – Amateur exhibitor Tina McElroy manages to balance a full-time job, a family and is still able to train and show her horse on the side.
  • Don and Penny Daigler, July 1, 2013 – Don and Penny Daigler have been showing AQHA for more than 40 years – as youth, as young adults, as a family and now in retirement. 
  • Dennis Lee and Kim Brittenham, July 16, 2013 – There’s no sibling rivalry between AQHA exhibitors Dennis Lee and Kim Brittenham of North Carolina.
  • Claudia Brown, July 23, 2013 – Select exhibitor Claudia Brown keeps a healthy dose of competitive drive and humor handy when she’s hitting the AQHA show trail.
  • Morgan McCarthy-Warda, August 26, 2013 – Morgan McCarthy-Warda of Lapeer, Michigan, and her horse, Mea Major Mito, are the definition of a long-term partnership.
  • Jean, Amanda and Jason Seymour, September 3, 2013 – Meet the do-it-yourself Seymours, an AQHA ranching and showing family from Olathe, Colorado.
  • Kim Fordham-Lien, November 18, 2013 – “Life is too short not to try everything” is South Dakota competitor Kim Fordham-Lien’s outlook on life and horse showing.
  • Ann Baker, December 31, 2013 – Do-it-yourselfer Ann Baker of Texarkana, Texas, enjoys life down the horse-show trail with her two leading men.