SLOCQHA Mothers Day Circuit

This San Luis Obispo County Quarter Horse Association show was all about "honor thy horse-show mom and enjoy a glass of wine."

Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal

The San Luis Obispo County Quarter Horse Association successfully hosts cattle events together with a full array of rail-and-pattern classes at its Mothers Day Weekend circuit. (Photos courtesy of TEEM)

Forty-eight years ago, the San Luis Obispo County Quarter Horse Association was founded. Today, they still hold not only one of the biggest Quarter Horse shows in California every year, but they also put on several one-day shows. 

In recognition of the success of this dedicated horse group, at the 2015 AQHA Convention, the San Luis Obispo County Quarter Horse Association was awarded with a plaque for Event and Industry Recognition.

Horse Heritage that Gives Back

Many of the members of this club have worked together for years. And when show time comes, they hit the showgrounds running. The SLOCQHA board of directors is headed up by Linda Zohns, who works closely with club president Don Crow, their board members and volunteers to make their shows provide the best possible experience for the exhibitors. 

Eleven-&-under special event trail winners Ella Gerfen and Avalon Goldstein

When we spoke to Linda Zohns, she said, "This has always been a local county club catering to the equine community of San Luis Obispo County. We have a very active scholarship program for high school seniors, and last year we gave out six scholarships and sponsor a community open show series during the summer where we give champion and reserve Gist silver buckles in more 30 divisions.

"Our board of directors works very hard to create an atmosphere of fellowship and community service."

President Don Crow said, "The challenge of putting on an AQHA circuit with cattle classes and full rail and trail classes is quite the undertaking. I feel our club tries to represent the Quarter Horse industry of California by offering all of those classes. We are grateful to our exhibitors for supporting the Mothers Day Circuit for 48 years and it remains one of the largest Quarter Horse shows in California.”

Honor Thy Horse-Show Parent

To honor all of the horse-show moms who work tirelessly for their children – whether they're still youth or already into the amateur divisions – each year this club offers a Mothers Day all-breed pleasure class in memory of the late AQHA exhibitor Kathy Hunt. This class is free to all mothers (dads are welcomes, too) who don’t typically show horses – they play more of the role of groom and bill-payer. This is a walk-jog pleasure class that the kids usually have to talk their parents into entering. But once the word gets out every rider gets a bottle of wine from one of the local award-winning wineries, the entries come “pouring” in. 

SLOQHC Mothers Day Circuit (Credit: TEEM) SLOQHC Mothers Day Circuit (Credit: TEEM)

The AQHA plaque awarded to SLOQHA

Wine bottles labeled in honor of the late Kathy Hunt

Would You Like Wine With That?

The show draws a large crowd due to its beautiful tourist location. 

 The show grounds is a premier location to bring your horses and your family. Paso Robles has mild temperatures, a vast number of world reknown local wineries, Hearst Castle, restaurants of several award winning chefs, luxury golf courses and is situated along the beautiful Pacific ocean.

SLOQHC Mothers Day Circuit (Credit: TEEM) SLOQHC Mothers Day Circuit (Credit: TEEM)

Cash, Buckles and Bronzes! OH MY!

Paso Robles, California, is home to the Mothers Day Quarter Horse circuit each year, and more than $15,000 in awards and cash prizes is offered. Professionally managed by TEEM (Total Equine Event Management), this circuit reported some of the nation's top riders and horses that bested the fields to take home some of the great prizes and/or cash: 

The following all-around champions received custom SLOCQHA jackets: 

Junior Horse
Dual Chexx, a 2010 chestnut gelding (Dual Rey-Starlight Chexx by Grays Starlight), ridden by Monica Debie for owners James and Gay Ver Steeg of Porterville, California

Amateur
Taylor Brown of Strathmore, California, riding Absolute Best Asset, a 2008 bay gelding (Absolute Investment-No Risk Asset by Good Asset)

Senior Horse
Best Cookie Yet, a 2008 gelding (RL Best Of Sudden-Cookie Leaguer by Zips Chocolate Chip), ridden by Justin Wheeler for owner Sarah Cronin of Bradley, California

Select Amateur
Kristine Brooks of San Juan Capistrana, California, riding Smokin Aroan, a 2003 red roan gelding (Ima Smokin Zipper-Eye Dew Glow by Speedy Glow)

Youth
Sarah Finkel of Walnut Creek California, riding Some Thing Radical, a 2009 bay gelding (Radical Rodder-Zip Me Some More by Zippo Pine Bar)

Open Level 1 (Green)
Spiffy Goodbar, a 2010 chestnut gelding (Ima Zippo Good Bar-My Abagail by Imager), ridden by Melissa Zanetti for owner Jim Stubbs of Gualala, California

The following all-around champions received custom Gist silver buckles:

Youth Level 1
Lauren Hiesl of Acton, California, riding BMQ A Lady Forever, a 2008 sorrel mare (BMQ Legacy-BMQ The Ladys Dandy by The Epitome)

Amateur Level 1
Emily Hudson of Sebastopol, California, riding Eli Investing Wisely, a 2008 sorrel gelding (Investing Wisely-Goodbars Melody by Zippos Mr Good Bar)

11-&-Under Walk-Jog
Zetta Reid of Clovis, California, riding Getyourenginerunning, a 2007 bay gelding (A Good Machine-Start N Nova by The Coosanova)

A special bronze trophy is awarded each year to the reserve Select amateur all-around rider, in memory of Larry Mitchell, and the 2015 winner is Delia Trenbeath riding A Certain Aero.

Marie Miller (longtime past SLOQHA president) donates a special bronze trophy each year that is presented to the circuit champion in Level 1 amateur trail. This year, Shelly Freed took home this coveted award riding her horse Zippos Good Stuff.

Sponsor Santa Cruz Animal Health also provided special awards in a variety of classes.

The SLOCQHA Mothers Day Circuit offers $250 circuit championship awards, as well, in 25 particular classes that cover the broad spectrum of AQHA events, from Level 1 amateur cutting to amateur hunter hack and junior western pleasure.

  • Wood’s Western sponsored $250 gift certificate as circuit awards in four events.
  • Shorty’s Caboy Hattery sponsored $250 gift certificates circuit awards in three events.
  • Barbara’s Custom Hats sponsored $250 gift certificates in two youth events.

When planning their horse show calendars, many exhibitors choose the Mothers Day Circuit and combine it with a fun trip for the entire family to celebrate Mothers Day or bring their non-showing spouse to enjoy a romantic escape.

SLOQHC Mothers Day Circuit (Credit: TEEM)

SLOQHC Mothers Day Circuit (Credit: TEEM) SLOQHC Mothers Day Circuit (Credit: TEEM)
SLOQHC Mothers Day Circuit (Credit: TEEM) SLOQHC Mothers Day Circuit (Credit: TEEM)

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