WSQHA No Silver, No Sequins Show Is a Hit

Exhibitors left the bling and banding at home April 2-5 during a picturesque weekend in the heart of Washington's apple country.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

The weather and topography of the Wenatchee Valley offered an ideal settomg for the inaugural WSQHA No Silver, No Sequins show. (Credit: Magic Look Photo and Design) Scroll down to view more photos.

While many know Washington for its apples, few outside of the Northwest are privvy to the fact that the Wenatchee Valley is known as the "Apple Capital of the World." As it would happen, the weather and topography that lend itself ideal for orchards are also the ingredients to a superb new event for the Washington State Quarter Horse Association – the No Silver, No Sequins show.  

"The last time an AQHA show was held in Wenatchee was 1983," said show manager Lisa Gardner, noting that the April 2-5 show was actually the first time that WSQHA had hosted a show in Wenatchee. She adds that several factors played a part in the show's success. 

"The Appleatchee facility went above and beyond with the footing and irrigation, which were greatly appreciated by the  reining and ranch riding classes. The weather was so beautiful the entire weekend and the show schedule was perfect for dinner with friends and afternoon hikes in the beautiful Wenatchee Valley."

It being Easter weekend, WSQHA offered random drawings in every class under each judge in the form of Easter eggs filled with $20 bills. 

"The club handed out just under $8,000!" Lisa said. "And exhibitors attended our Cowboy Easter Service ringside, as well as the free Easter breakfast hosted by WSQHA."

The No Silver, No Sequins concept was well quite well received, and Lisa says exhibitors especially loved the "no banding" rule. 

"The show was voted the 'funnest show ever' by numerous exhibitors," she adds with a laugh. 

The American Quarter Horse Journal congratulates the following high-point champions from the WSQHA No Silver, No Sequins show:

Level 1 Amateur
My Options Are Hot, a 2011 bay gelding (Absolute Option-Hot N Chocolate Te by Chips Hot Chocolate), owned and shown by Taunya Clizbe of Bellingham, Washington

Level 1 Youth
Made Me Intangible, a 1991 bay gelding (Thee Intangible-Maid Me Sweet by Sweet Sandy Cue), owned and shown by Elsie Naruszwicz of Monroe, Washington

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A Breeze Of Pleasure, a 1999 bay gelding (A Passing Breeze-Sheza Fancy Zippo by Zippo Pine Bar), owned and shown by Stacy Muzljakovich of Duvall, Washington

Playboys Poco Bert, a 1997 sorrel gelding (Mucho Playboy-Echols Soteria by Sonny Echol), shown by Ava Dees of Graham, Washington

Chips Heart, a 2002 chestnut mare (Chips Hot Chocolate-Zippos Queen O Heart by Zippo Pine Bar), shown by Lily Richardson of Duvall, Washington

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