A Jam-Packed Tar Heel Triple Classic

Four shows were combined for one amazing 10-year celebration June 12-22 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Josh Little competes in ranch horse pleasure at the 2014 Tar Heel Triple Classic in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Credit: courtesy of NCQHA and Gale Little)

The dust is still settling from the 2014 Tar Heel Triple Classic, but it’s plain to see the June 12-22 event was certainly a success. 
The first four days of the Tar Heel Triple Classic was the North Carolina Quarter Horse Youth Association's show.  All proceeds from the four days went to the NCQHA youth club. 

During the first four days, the youth members planned many fun activities and exhibitor meals such as: 

  • Move-in dinner for exhibitors
  • Pig picking
  • Live band
  • Photo booth
  • TTC Little Snak Shak in the afternoons 
  • Creative exhibitor stall decorations that even involved pink flamingos

The entries for this set of shows increased by 100, said Gale Little, an AQHA director for North Carolina.  
The next two days of the Tar Heel Triple Classic were the Little Futurity, where exhibitors showed for prize money. This event included a sponsor-and-exhibitor dinner, games and an exhibitor social. And both evenings included special western pleasure slot classes.
The four days following the Little Futurity was the NCQHA Jamboree, featuring more food and fun.
And the final day of the TTC was the No Bling/Level 1-Rookie show, which included a clinician.
All of these great events combined to make up the 2014 Tar Heel Triple Classic.  

“We were at full capacity, having rented 800 stalls, and we had a record number of entries; 8,049 in total,” Gale added.
Not a bad way to celebrate 10 years of great horse showing in North Carolina.

2014 Tar Heel Triple Classic All-Around Winners

  • Open all-aroundClassic Crome (2010 palomino gelding by Custom Crome-Jacs Shining Fancy by Shining Spark, bred by Grady N. Kimbrell of Santa Barbara, California), shown by AQHA Professional Horseman Steve Meadows of Staunton, Virginia, for owner Margaret A. Bellville of Atlanta
  • Amateur all-aroundHotta Treasure (2003 bay gelding by Hotta Rodder-Principles Treasure by Principle Investment, bred by Janis Kengis of Waukesha, Wisconsin), owned and shown by John Martin Falls of Hickory, North Carolina 
  • Youth 14-18 all-aroundMWS Lace His Zipper (2006 sorrel gelding by Seven S Flashyzipper-Flashy Gold N Lace by Investment Capital, bred by Mike and Sandy Walker of Pendleton, Indiana), owned and shown by Haley S. Hine of Yadkinville, North Carolina 
  • Youth 13-&-under all-aroundZippo Lightair (1996 brown gelding by Zippo A Ward-Air Of The Night by Lucys Doc, bred by Greg and Janice White of Fulshear, Texas), owned by Sue Sancken of Grayslake, Indiana, and shown by Sidnie Ochs 

For full results, visit www.ncqha.com.

Watch the slideshow below for more photos from the 2014 Tar Heel Triple Classic, courtesy of NCQHA and Gale Little.