MAQHA Corporate Challenge: May 23

Tough challenges, fundraisers and fun abound at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Arin Boucher of Bemidji, Minnesota, enjoys competing May 23 at the MAQHA Corporate Challenge with Hot Stockings. (Andrea Caudill photo) For more photos, scroll to the slideshow below.

Sorrel is the most common color on the palette of the American Quarter Horse. Some examples of the shade are described as “copper penny” colored, and if you look in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of Hot Stockings.

The 10-year-old gelding’s coat has a glossed, metallic coat that glows even under artificial lights, not to mention when he is outside in the sunlight. Arin Boucher of Bemidji, Minnesota, has had the ride on Hot Stockings for about a year now and had “Ronnie” out in all-around classes at the MAQHA Corporate Challenge over Memorial Day weekend.

The son of Potential Asset is owned by her stepmother, Leah Rogers, and has been in their barn since he was 4.

“He came to us as a western pleasure horse,” Arin explained. “We put the rest on him.”

He shows in performance halter, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, showmanship, trail and western riding. He has more than 150 points on his record. Arin began working him after her horse died and found she enjoyed him.

“He was sitting in the barn, and his owner didn’t have enough time to ride,” she said. “I like the way he rides, and his personality. He’s just sweet.”

She describes him as a curious horse, always looking around his environment, and says her favorite class with him is western pleasure.

“He’s a good mover,” she said.

The MAQHA Corporate Challenge on May 23 hosted showmanship, western pleasure, western horsemanship, western riding and trail classes. Classes were working efficiently, with two triple-judged showmanship classes running in one arena all morning, and shown-at-will trail classes over a Tim Kimura course in the afternoon.

The show was running several youth fundraisers, including a silent auction for gift baskets with items ranging from tempting food and goodies to useful horse and dog items. There was also a gourmet “Just Say YES” dessert auction to help fund Minnesota Youth Quarter Horse Association members attending the Youth Excellence Seminar.

The MAQHA Corporate Challenge continues through May 25.

Journal Coverage From the MAQHA Corporate Challenge

  • May 24 – It's raining fun at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.
  • May 23 – Tough challenges, fundraisers and fun abound at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.
  • May 22 – Tough competitors persevere at the Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge.
  • May 21 – The Minnesota Amateur Quarter Horse Association Corporate Challenge kicks off with education.