Candids From the NCQHA No-Bling Show
It was all smiles May 30 at the North Carolina Quarter Horse Association District III No-Bling Show in Colfax.
By Tara Matsler | June 3, 2015
From gorgeous weather to a wonderful no-frills concept, there were plenty of reasons for exhibitors to smile May 30 at the North Carolina Quarter Horse Association District III No-Bling Show in Colfax.
This was the third of four shows in the NCQHA No-Bling Circuit, designed for Rookie and Level 1 (formerly known as Novice) exhibitors to gain experience in a fun, relaxed environment. Blingy, fancy clothes and tack are not required – a neat, clean appearance is more than welcome.
Years ago, NCQHA District V was the innovator for a series of Novice (now known as Level 1) shows designed to encourage youth and amateur competitors to "get their feet wet" showing their American Quarter Horses in a sanctioned show that is fun, low-key and designed to help them prepare for participation at the larger AQHA shows. NCQHA and a couple of their districts later took over the shows rebranding them the "No-Bling" shows, and a few years ago the newly developed AQHA Rookie level was added.
The no-bling idea indicates a clean, long-sleeve shirt with a collar, jeans, a hat and boots (which is all that's required per the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations). What's even better – no fancy tack is required.
"This 'come as you are' concept is seen as a positive step toward allowing all levels of riders to participate," says NCQHA. "AQHA has now asked affiliate states to implement this program as well. Level 1 and Rookie participation continues to grow. And now high-point awards are given to the top riders at the annual banquet held in January."
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* Photo courtesy of Pat Benton