AQHA Region One Scholarship Show: August 19

Look through these photos from Friday's trail, reining and ranch riding classes in Monroe, Washington.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Friday morning at the 2016 AQHA Region One Scholarship Show saw more than 90 entries picking their way over poles, over bridges, through gates and navigating a back-thru. By afternoon, the show progressed to the reining arena, where sand was flying in the blazing hot August sun. Of course, competitors and spectators alike got a reprieve from the afternoon heat when the show made its way to the indoor arena for ranch riding classes. 

Among the ranch riding competitors was Brenda Crist, a first-time exhibitor. Not only was it Brenda's first time competing in ranch riding, but the AQHA Region One Scholarship Show was actually her first show.

"I've been taking lessons for 10 years, and I just love riding horses," said the 59-year-old from Shoreline, Washington.

For her show-pen debut, Brenda showed her 2006 bay gelding, Its Pardee Pine, to second place in the Level 1 amateur walk-trot horsemanship class during Thursday's all-Rookie/Level 1 show.

While ranch riding is definitely her favorite class, Brenda says she can see the two of them competing more in horsemanship, too, since it provides new situations to make sure "Pardee" is listening to her and that they're in tune with on another.

Aside from the partnership she has with her horse, Brenda's two other favorite aspects of health benefits of horseback riding and the wonderful people she has already met.

She also has an incredible support system behind her, including her trainer, AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lori Stancik, and her husband. Brenda's husband can understand her passion for horses because he, too, has a love for horsepower, although his lies with motorcycles.

When she thinks about men and women who have always wanted to ride horses consistently but who have never had the opportunity to, Brenda offers this wisdom: "Life is too short. If you're going to do it, you need to do it now."  

Region One Coverage

Click through the slideshow above to view photos and scroll down to see a few more.

  • August 18 – Check out these photos from the all-Rookie/Level 1 show.
  • August 19 – Look through these photos from Friday's trail, reining and ranch riding classes.
  • August 20 – View pics from the showmanship, halter and western riding classes.
  • All-Arounds – Take a look back at the amazing fundraising feats of the Region One crew, plus the 2016 all-around winners.

Above: Brenda Crist shows Its Pardee Time in ranch riding. Below: Brenda, "Pardee" and AQHA Professional Horsewoman Lori Stancik in the saddle.

AQHA First Vice President Ralph Seekins of Fairbanks, Alaska, presents Amy Rushing with her first-ever buckle, which she won with PD Artwo Doc Hancock in the Level 1 amateur ranch riding.