Region One Scholarship Show Wraps Up

Thanks to its August 14-17 show, AQHA's Region One is more than halfway to its goal of a $100,000 scholarship fund.

AQHA Region One Scholarship Show

The first AQHA Region One Scholarship Show wrapped up August 17 in Monroe, Washington. The show, which started August 14, featured multiple fundraisers, all hosted with the purpose to meet the goal of a $100,000 scholarship fund for youth members from AQHA's Region One

"It's hard to believe that a dream that was started at a July 2012 board meeting became a reality in such a short time," said Lisa Gardner, the show manager for the Region One Scholarship Show. "The AQHA Regional One Scholarship Show was the brainchild of AQHA Professional Horsewoman May Edwards, but the concept quickly became a team effort. A committee was formed in July 2012 to research the creation of a scholarship show for the youth members of the Washington State Quarter Horse Association. Within a year, it became a much larger mission, and by July 2013, the WSQHA board of directors had voted and agreed to create a $100,000 scholarship fund for the youth in AQHA's Region One. 

"One component of the scholarship fund was to raise monies in conjunction with a show. With WSQHA willing to take on the monetary end of producing a show, the AQHA affiliates of Oregon and Alaska quickly joined in to support the efforts." 

As things snowballed, Alaska, Oregon and Washington agreed to donate more than $4,500 directly to the Region One Scholarship Fund, Lisa noted, which got the American Quarter Horse Foundation endowment off the ground. 

"Now we can say 'it’s a wrap' on our first AQHA Region One Scholarship Show," she added. "With more than 650 entries, we are proud to say we pulled it off with good numbers and  stiff competition." 

The Saturday night silent auction saw huge success. The silent auction offered lessons with the Northwest's top horse trainers. AQHA Professional Horsewoman Kristy McCann was the high-selling trainer at $2,000, Kip Larson was a close second at $1,950, and Paige Stroud came in at third with $1,200. The top-three trainers have their pick of stalls at the upcoming WSQHA Northwest Emerald Quarter Horse Show in Monroe. 

The evening also hosted a destination live auction. Committee members Jeff Williams and Tracy Adams, with auctioneer Tom Pasma and assistants Gunner and Carol Otness and Ron Coakley all tout the live auction as a success. Bidding was lively and the packages were incredible. Funds raised Saturday night totaled $24,000 for the Region One Scholarship Fund. 

"This brings the total in the current fund to approximately $65,000," Lisa said. "There will also be a donation of all the profits from this year's show as soon as the show is wrapped up. Our goal is to reach $100,000 this year. When we reach this goal, we have an outside pledge to be able to award the scholarship in the current year."  

The Region One Scholarship Show all-around winners were awarded custom leather brief cases designed by Awards Recognition Concepts, AQHA's trophy company. The Oregon Quarter Horse Association and WSQHA used their credits with ARC to sponsor the awards for the all-around champions; reserve all-around awards were Ring Side Back Packs sponsored by Noble Outfitters . 

Open champion – Smooth Chickory and Jeanine Kern 
Reserve open – Justa Flashy Invite, owned by Janet and Jason Frazer 

Level 1 (Novice) amateur champion – Buster Browns A Star and Rachel Lee Mundell
Reserve Level 1 (Novice) amateur – Imagine My Luck and Jordan Rengen

Amateur champion – A Natural Dancer and Rebecca Moore
Reserve amateur – Leaguers Finale and Shelly Germaine

Select amateur champion – A Certain Melody and Lorie Johnson
Reserve Select amateur – Versionaire and Cindy Nakahara

Youth walk-trot champion – Untouchable Design and Zoe Macbeth

Level 1 (Novice) youth champion – Fancy Details and Lexi Edwards
Reserve Level 1 (Novice) youth – Made Me Intangible and Elsie Naruszewicz

Youth 13-&-under champion – Lopin Lola and Hannah Way
Reserve youth 13-&-under – Zips Classical Image and Elizabeth Gerbrandt

Youth 14-18  champion – Invitation to Ride and Grace Brown
Reserve youth 14-18 – Whos All Invited and Charlotte Selby

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