ESQHA Fall Show Boasts Big Classes

Exhibitors put the polish on at this September 16-21 New York circuit before they head to championship shows.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Jill McKenzie and Doc Zip My Tears at the 2014 Empire State Quarter Horse Association Fall Show (Credit: Katie Navarra) Scroll down to see more photos in a slideshow.

The Empire State Quarter Horse Association Fall Show in Syracuse, New York, provides exhibitors with a big-show atmosphere in a friendly setting. 

“It’s a big show, it’s fun and it’s less than three hours from my home,” said Evelyn Harding, a Select amateur competitor from Perth Road, Ontario.

“It’s a really friendly atmosphere,” seconded Charlotte Jaynes, show secretary. “Everyone here is exhibitor-friendly.

The annual fall show opened September 16 with Level 1 (formerly Green), senior and junior trail classes, and the show runs through September 21.

“This is the first year we’ve started on Tuesday,” said Larry Jaynes, show manager. “We’re trying to speed up the process so we don’t have such late nights.

As of Wednesday, only the second day of the show, 926 entries had been submitted.

“We don’t even have half the show entered yet; that will only continue to grow through Sunday,” Larry said.

Even early in the event, the Jayneses anticipate an increase in entries over last year’s show.

“We’re ahead of last year. We had 15 to 20 more horses in trail, and we’ve sold 100 more stalls,” they said.

The ESQHA Fall Show attracts trainers, Select, amateurs and youth competitors from as far as Iowa, Florida, Ohio, Quebec, Ontario and points in between.

“We really do touch a lot of different states,” Larry added.

For many exhibitors, this show is a warm-up for the Nutrena AQHA East Level 1 (Novice) Championship, which kicks off September 30 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

“I am going to the (Level 1) Championships and this show will be a big help,” said Alekzandra Hutteman-Call of Watertown, New York. “There is very good competition here.”

The Fall Show also provides riders an opportunity to show their horses in a facility similar to what they will find at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in October. 

“The coliseum is a big draw because it gives riders a chance to give their horses experience in the coliseum before going to Congress,” Larry added.

“This show is a really good experience; there are great competitors and a lot of things to learn here,” said Jill McKenzie of Clinton, New York.

Exhibitors have a chance to win their share of $21,000 total cash and awards in AQHA classes and an additional $3,000 cash prizes for roans registered with the American Roan Horse Association. Riders have the opportunity to earn AQHA, National Snaffle Bit Association and double ESQHA points under six judges.

“This is the last big show before Congress,” concluded LuAnn Rogerson of Creekside, Pennsylvania. “I like to come here and get in the big indoor arena and practice.”

The Empire State Quarter Horse Association has approximately 250 members. The association also sponsors a youth club, the Empire State Quarter Horse Youth Association. Learn more at