Candids From the Keystone Showdown
There's a reason why they call this June 17-21 circuit in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, "the little show that could."
By Tara Matsler, photos by Jess McMullen | June 21, 2015
When AQHA named the top all-Level 1 shows of 2014, it came as no surprise that the Keystone Showdown claimed the No. 1 spot. It was that same kind of magic that propelled the circuit this year from June 17 to 21 in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania.
Hosted by the Keystone Quarter Horse Association, the Keystone Showdown kicked off Wednesday with an all-Level 1/Rookie show. AQHA judge Lori Gingrich presided over he all-Level 1 show, while Cindy Rucker, Chele McGauly, Steve Heckaman, Bob Kail and Clay Cavinder judged the split/combined show offering five sets of points in four days.
There were plenty of exhibitors at the 2015 Keystone Showdown, including:
- Money bag classes for amateur and open performance halter mares, plus amateur and open performance halter geldings
- Skeeter saddle giveaway from a random drawing in the Mike Whitmore Memorial Non-Pro Walk-Jog class
- Custom sterling trophy buckles to all-around champions, plus high-point western and English horses
- 20X felt hats donated Billie Hats for the high-point Level 1 youth and Level 1 amateur exhibitors
- Halter exhibitors showed to all five judges on Saturday
- Flat-rate entry fee of $60 per judge
- iPad Mini Air 3 giveaway
- National Snaffle Bit Association dual approval for two judges
In addition to the Mike Whitmore Memorial Non-Pro Walk-Jog class, other special events included a trail jackpot Friday with $500 added to the open and non-pro divisions and the Hoedown at the Showdown, offering fine food, fun times, socializing and entertainment Friday night.