Martinganza Celebrates 15 Years in Style

Easter festivities, futurities, all-around champions and high-point winners put a mark April 2-5 on the circuit in North Carolina.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Scroll down to view more photos from Martinganza, plus see who won all-around and high-point championships. (Credit: Brittany Blankenship)

Year after year, exhibitors hustle to the good ol’ Southern hospitality for which Martinganza, or any North Carolina Quarter Horse Association show for that matter, has become famous. The 15th edition of Martinganza was no exception. 

On hand to judge the event from April 2 to 5 in Williamston, North Carolina, were Kelly Chapman, Tim Abler, Laura Gilmer, Kenda Pipkin and John Pipkin. 

District IV NCQHA strives to give the exhibitors a good show and a good time,” said Susan Daniels, Martinganza show secretary/treasurer. “We increased our entries from 2014 and are already looking forward to 2016!”
 
Highlights from the show included the always anticipated exhibitors dinner on Friday night, where a hallmark eastern North Carolina barbecue was served, including fried chicken, vegetables and dessert. Also on hand were a D.J., mechanical bull and door prizes. Denice Lawrence, Amber Nead and their wonderful assistants are credited for the terrific themed decorations. 

The Easter egg hunt at the horse show was well received. (Credit: Lindsay Shaw)

“We used the Easter theme this year as the show was on Easter weekend,” Susan explained. “We had an Easter egg hunt on Friday for the little ones, with the help of the NCQHA youth team and their adviser, Susan Ostrander. Some of our members – Beth Herndon, and Matt and Jana Frazier – sponsored the Easter eggs (there were a lot of them!) And we provided Easter baskets as prizes.”

While everyone had a great time at Martinganza, one exhibitor in particular had the experience of lifetime. Dorothy Owens (Grimes?), 73, said she thoroughly enjoyed herself as competing at her very first AQHA show. It had been 20 years since Dorothy had last shown a horse, and Dorothy paired up Starmanslopinleaguer. 

A few special awards and prizes were handed out to:

  • Debbie Williams – Show Secretary Award for Best Paperwork and Most Helpful
  • Carl Eschenberg – Dedication Award
  • Whitney Fields – black custom chaps donated by Jean’s Custom Show Fashions (Jean Gallman)
  • Sydney Nicholls– free stall donated by Kimberly and Richard Franklin

In addition to the AQHA show, Martinganza also offered western pleasure and hunter under saddle futurities.

NON-PRO WESTERN PLEASURE FUTURITY
Champion – Getting Pretty, shown by Jamie Rachel Hylton, owned by Cecilia May Hylton

GREEN WESTERN PLEASURE FUTURITY
Champion – Consider Me Best, shown by J. Cole Baker, owned by Jean Brooks
Reserve – Only A Sterling Moon, shown by Lucas Cash, owned by Cecilia May Hylton
Third – She Dresses To Win, shown by Alan Fisher, owned by Shannon R. Fisher

NON-PRO HUNTER UNDER SADDLE FUTURITY
Champion – Al Bet Cha, shown by Meaghan L. Depalma-Whelan
Reserve – Dont Settle For Less, shown by Melissa Ray Leach
Third – Lukinforagoodtime, shown by Nadine Turner

GREEN HUNTER UNDER SADDLE FUTURITY
Champion – Its All Over, shown by Kristy Starnes, owned by Jay and Kristy Starnes

The American Quarter Horse Journal congratulates the following all-around and high-point champions from Martinganza.

OPEN ALL-AROUND
Champion – Virtuously Vested, owned by Suzanne Geyer Lougee
Reserve – Prize Patrol, owned by Lisa Vignerot

AMATEUR ALL-AROUND
Champion – A Fine Yellow Rose, shown by Lisa Williams
Reserve – Hotta Treasure, shown by John Martin Falls

SELECT AMATEUR ALL-AROUND
Champion – Pawn Star, shown by Teresa Balkcum
Reserve – Prize Patrol, shown by Lisa Vignerot

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YOUTH 13-&-UNDER ALL-AROUND
Champion – Good Time Fiesta, shown by Taylor Leone
Reserve – Huntin For Glory, shown by Laura Ashley Knott 

YOUTH 14-18 ALL-AROUND
Champion – Rising Shadow, shown by Lauren Taylor Lloyd
Reserve – Longn For Chocolate, shown by Hannah Lynch

LEVEL 1 AMATEUR HIGH-POINT 
Champion – Krymsun High, shown by Laura Sandstrom
Reserve – Zipposhandsomedevil, shown by Laura E. Owen

LEVEL 1 YOUTH HIGH-POINT
Champion – Back Seat Version, shown by Jennifer Elsie Beare
Reserve – GVRzipsvalentineheart, shown by Maryah Cugno

SMALL-FRY HIGH-POINT
Champion – Quinn, shown by Maggie Leigh Harrell 

More results from Martinganza:
Award Winners (including circuit champions)
Thursday/Friday/Saturday
Friday/Saturday/Sunday