Region One Scholarship Show: August 15

Reiners, ranch riders and trail competitors take over the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Jennifer Stevenson and Hickataz compete in amateur reining at the 2015 AQHA Region One Scholarship. This show was Jennifer's debut back in the show pen after 30 years. (Credit: Journal) Scroll down to view more photos.

Trail, reining and ranch riding classes filled up the schedule Friday at the 2015 AQHA Region One Scholarship Show, sponsored by Coyote Rock Ranch.

One competitor hauling all the way to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington, from Entiat, Washington, was Jennifer Stevenson, who made her debut for the first time in the show pen after 30 years.

Jennifer entered Hickataz (Pepto Taz-Docs Slipper by Doc’s Hickory) up in Thursday’s Rookie amateur halter, western pleasure and horsemanship classes, then stuck around for Friday’s amateur reining class. 

“I grew up on a cattle ranch in eastern Oregon, and I showed horses from the remuda I had on the ranch,” says Jennifer, who now hails from the wheat country of eastern Washington.

Back then, Jennifer started not really knowing much about showing, but she went to shows, watched and learned from others. Without a trainer or lessons, she had to connect the showmanship dots on her own, and after a while, things began to click for her and her little black mare.

“But then college and babies and a career, all that came; I had to make a decision between horses and college, which was really, really hard.”

Jennifer chose her career and family, but three years ago her husband died, leaving Jennifer with a farm perfect for horses and a void that need filling. Once again, horses were back in her life and offered comfort and healing.

“It’s the only thing that keeps me sane,” she admits, and looks forward to next year, when she’s going to get an early start on showing, and what it feels like to be 17 again.

About the Region One Scholarship Show

Time after time, the AQHA Region One Scholarship Show surpasses expectations. When the Washington, Oregon and Alaska Quarter Horse affiliates conceptualized the Region One Scholarship Program last year, an initial goal was set for $100,000 to be raised by 2017. But through the 2014 scholarship show and other benefits and fundraisers, the scholarship fund reached the $100,000 mark just in its first year. It now looks as though the fund, managed by the American Quarter Horse Foundation, has already cracked $200,000 – and that projection was made before the 2015 scholarship show even kicked off.

The magic behind the show is the exhibitors who support it, as well as sponsors and donors, including title sponsor Coyote Rock Ranch. To learn more, visit www.wsqha.com

Journal Coverage of the Region One Scholarship Show

  • August 16 – See who claimed all-around titles and look through more photos from the show in Monroe, Washington.
  • August 15 – Reiners, ranch riders and trail competitors take over the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington.
  • August 14 – Look through Day 1 photos, and meet the youth exhibitors down from Alaska and showing in Monroe, Washington.