Region Eight Championship - June 20

Exhibitors show off their horses in reining, roping, ranch pleasure and working cow horse June 20 at the 2014 Merial AQHA Region Eight Championship in Wichita, Kansas.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Kellie Herrington and Little Red Radar have found their niche in ranch pleasure. (Larri Jo Starkey) For more photos from the 2014 Merial AQHA Region Eight Championship, scroll to the slideshow below.

The first time Kellie Herrington saw ranch pleasure, she knew it was the perfect class to show off the skills of her horse, Little Red Radar.

And she proved it in April at the inaugural Zoetis AQHA Novice Cattle Championship in Oklahoma City when she and “Radar” won Novice amateur ranch horse pleasure.

But Kellie still jumped at the opportunity to show her gelding at the 2014 Merial AQHA Region Eight Championship in her favorite class.

“I really enjoy ranch horse pleasure,” she said. “(I like) getting to see the horses move naturally, really forward. It reminds me of how they used to go. I love the extended trot. It’s so much fun. It’s not a gait you get to do in a lot of other events, and I love it.”

On June 20, exhibitors showed their horses in roping, reining, ranch pleasure, working cow horse and boxing at the Region Eight Championship.

Little Red Radar is a 2006 sorrel gelding by Jab O Lenas Son and out of Cinderella Nic by Reminic. He was bred by The Right Ones of Gunter, Texas, and he was an unbroken 4-year-old when Kellie acquired him.

“My husband, Terry Dear, put the first 120 rides on him,” Kellie said, but she has done all the rest of the training with the help of lessons and clinics.

Kellie, a small-animal veterinarian from Ponder, Texas, says she and Radar got along well from the first.

“We have the same personality, because he’s so busy, and he tries really hard,” she said. “Probably not the most athletic horse, but he always tries.”

Look for more about Kellie and Radar in an upcoming issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

The Region Eight Championship concludes June 22.

June 19 – English, Equestrians With Disabilities and speed
June 21 -- Halter, showmanship and horsemanship