By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse JournalSeptember 24, 2013
The 2013 AQHA Region Two Championship attracted many small-fry exhibitors. (Journal photo)
“I’m so excited that we’ve got another great show!” AQHA Region Two Committee co-chairman Mary Roes of Hemingford, Nebraska, told The American Quarter Horse Journal.
“We have new faces, and we still get first-time people here. We’re continuing to bring in new people and people keep coming back.” (Scroll down for the Journal slide show.)
The Regional Championship – including a coinciding AQHA pointed show – attracted approximately 1,930 entries total (unofficial at press time).
The biggest individual classes for the pointed AQHA show were open and amateur ranch pleasure with 33 and 31 entries, respectively, followed by senior reining, 29, and junior reining, 21.
For the regional championship, ranch pleasure classes were again at the top with 32 in the amateur and 30 in the open, followed by novice amateur horsemanship with 30 and novice amateur western pleasure with 28.
The Region Two committee is especially proud of participation in the small-fry classes. Offered in trail, showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, western pleasure, and horsemanship, they attracted 54 total entries.
In addition, fund-raising for the “Ride for the Cure” to benefit cancer research has become an important part of Region Two activities. The walk/trot English and western classes were held as “donate-at-the-gate” classes, and pink ribbon pins were sold for $5. The Region Two “Ride for the Cure” cancer survivors’ ride was September 21 after the exhibitor’s party, giving people an opportunity to honor and remember those who have battled all forms of the disease. All total, Region Two raised more than $500 for their efforts.
And Todd Iszler of Bismarck, North Dakota, Region Two Committee co-chairman, was awarded the 2013 Don Brunner Grit and Perseverance Award, honoring his service and accomplishments this past year, while battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Congratulations to These Region Two All-Around Award Winners
Novice amateur: Kristen Gfroerer of Ronan, Montana and In Sandmans Image (Leaguers Sandman-Smooth N Foxy Image by Barpassers Image; bred by Frieda Rogers Roen, Knights Ferry, California)
Amateur: Hanah Cunningham of Powell, Wyoming and Absolute Contender (Absolute Investment-Shes Always Good by Good Asset; bred by Roger Seehafer, Williamsport, Indiana)
Select amateur: Tracy Brown of Butte, Montana, and Sexy Sox N Chocolate (Zips Chocolate Chip-A Dream Invitation by Invitation Only; bred by Charlene Greene, Butte, Montana)
Novice youth, 13 & under: 1. Demi Aune, of Glasgow, Montana, and Cant Pass The Black (Barpassers Image-Zippos Baby Jane by Zippo Pine Three; bred by Joan Cain, Vero Beach, Florida)
Novice youth, 14-18: Sentel Johnson, Belle Fourche, South Dakota, and Leaguers Lopin Delux (BMQ Leaguers Star-Sweet Talking Deluxe by Dynamic Deluxe; bred by Ashley Sands, Portland, Oregon)
Youth, 13 & under: Mamie Hertel, of Moore, Montana, and Hot N Handsome Me (Hot Diggity Joe-Successful Flash by Winnerinic; bred by Kerry Bradac, Marmarth, North Dakota)
Youth, 14-18: Kate McCoy, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Sir Magic Man (Sir Two Eyed-Im A Zipper Doll by Zippo Pine Bar)
Open: Levi Grimes and Duals Blue Peppy (Duals Blue Boon-Sweet Peppy Again by Peppy San Badger; bred by Kenneth Hammett, Houston, Texas) owned by Chuck and Mary Crago of Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Small Fry: Lily Thorpe of Oakes, North Dakota, and Gota Lota Lace (Gota Lota Potential-Iron N Lace by Iron Rebel; bred by Marie Foster, Boswell, Indiana)
Region Two sends out a big “Thank You!” to their sponsors:
All-around TexTan saddle sponsors - Markel Insurance, Highview Ranch and Prairie Industries LLC
Champion awards – Montana Silversmiths
Reserve awards – Professional’s Choice
Third – Weatherbeeta
Fourth – Farnam
Fifth – The American Quarter Horse Journal
Eighth – Scott and Amy Neuman
Ninth – North Dakota Quarter Horse Association
Tenth – South Dakota Quarter Horse Association
Walk/trot – Jim Hootman Family
Small-fry – Wyoming Quarter Horse Association
Leadline – Linda Johnson
Hospitality – RTK Consulting
Ice Cream Social – Mike and Ruth Gates
Pizza Party – Tri-Angle Quarter Horse Association
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