Northwest Emerald Shines in Washington

The festive September 4-7 circuit in Monroe, Washington, wrapped up with the crowning of its Masters Futurity champion.

Washington State Quarter Horse Association

Maria Salazar and Winkin For Chocolate compete at the 2014 WSQHA Northwest Emerald. (Credit: Linsey O'Donnell) Scroll down to view more photos from the Northwest Emerald.

Washington’s record days of sun continued over our last state affiliate circuit, the Washington State Quarter Horse Association Northwest Emerald. Sunny days September 4-7 brought smiles and fun in the sun, complete with showing in an outdoor show pen at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

The week was jam-packed with hospitality. Pilchuck Veterinary Clinic of Snohomish, Washington, hosted the daily morning doughnuts and coffee for guests to start each day. 

Friday morning was festive with a champagne brunch hosted by Genny Miller and Denise Callahan. Fresh fruit and mimosas set the tone as we headed into another day of sunshine. 

The Washington State Quarter Horse Youth Association hosted a caramel apple feed Friday afternoon in appreciation for the generosity and support they receive throughout the year. 

Saturday brought us to the event of the year, the Northwest Emerald Masters Futurity. Through the support of Canbrook Dodge, we were able to offer $3,000 in added money in the open division and $2,500 in the limited open division, bringing the total purse to $17,500. Robin Gorman donated Mare Magic baskets for each exhibitor and each participant received a custom coat. The evening kicked off with a Machine Made wine and cheese party hosted by Dr. Candice Hall and Dr. Cory Seebach. 

The American Paint Horse filly Girl On Fire, shown by Kara Whitsell, took the crown as the 2014 Northwest Emerald Masters Futurity open champion. Reserve honors went to Mom Zens Her Best (RL Best Of Sudden-Radical Zensation by Radical Rodder, bred by Steve Martin of Brenham, Texas), owned by Jamie Soloman and shown by Kristy McCann.

Washington State Quarter Horse Association wishes our members safe travels and good luck as they look to the winners circle at the 2014 SmartPak West AQHA Level 1 (Novice) Championships in Las Vegas! 

And be sure to order photos from the official Northwest Emerald photographer, Don Trout, at

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