Region Two Championship Raises Money

The AQHA Region Two Championship Show in Rapid City, South Dakota, raises nearly $1,800 for injured exhibitor Sunni Hecht.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Don and Michelle Hecht with daughter Sunni in 2010

At the 2014 Merial AQHA Region Two Regional Championship, nearly $1,800 was raised from a silent auction and cash donations for longtime AQHA Region 2 exhibitor Sunni Hecht. According to posts on a CaringBridge page set up for Sunni, Sunni sustained a serious brain injury in an ATV accident in May.

“Horses are my life," Sunni told the Journal in 2010 after being kicked by a horse in 2009. "It’s weird, because the thing that caused me the most pain in my life, takes away my pain. You can’t get up and walk away from that.”

Don – a chiropractor in Lewistown, Montana – and wife Michelle have raised four children around horses, showing 4-H and AQHYA. Sunni is the youngest, and when she was a toddler they discovered that, once on, she didn’t want to get off a horse.

Sunni is currently at Craig Hospital, a rehabilitation facility in Englewood, Colorado, according to the CaringBridge page, and Michelle is staying in Colorado with her.