AQHA Region One Scholarship Show: All-Around Winners

Take a look back at the amazing fundraising feats of the Region One crew, plus the 2016 all-around winners.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Doreen Earl of Bellingham, Washington, collects a ribbon for her win in halter with Invited To A Party. After a successful weekend, the team also won the Select amateur all-around title at the 2016 AQHA Region One Scholarship Show.

Everyone loves a horse show, but when the aim of a particular horse show is to raise funds for scholarships, you've found yourself on track to an event that everyone can really get behind.

What the Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska AQHA affiliates have been able to accomplish in just a couple years is nothing short of impressive. When the group launched the AQHA Region One Scholarship Fund in early 2014, they set a goal of raising $100,000 by 2017. Yet by December 2014, they had already met their $100,000 goal. By 2016, the program had raised $134,000 for the endowed fund and awarded the first scholarship a year ahead of the planned schedule. Hannah Iwersen, the inaugural recipient of a $5,000 Region One scholarship, will put it to good use this fall when she attends at Boise State University in her home state of Idaho. 

So how does one go about raising that much money in such a short amount of time? 

Generous donations from Coyote Rock Ranch have played a big role, as well as fundraising at various affiliate events. The biggest game changer, though, has been the AQHA Region One Scholarship Show. For the past several years, the show's entire profit will be donated to the fund. Live and trainer silent auctions held at the show also play a big part.

At the 2016 AQHA Region One Scholarship Show, $19,325 was raised between the two auctions. For the trainer auction, trainers donated one month's training and their services went up for bid in a silent auction. The high-selling trainers were Genny Miller, Kristy McCann and Ty Elrod, and these professionals will receive their choice of stalls at the upcoming Washington State Quarter Horse Association Northwest Emerald show. The top-selling live auction items included a trip for four to the Denali National Park in Alaska ($1,500), a skiiing and snowboarding vacation to California's Mammoth Mountain Resort ($1,000) and a weekend getaway for two couples to Portland ($1,000). 

Above: Hannah Iwersen addresses bidders at the 2016 auction.
Below: Bidders peruse the trainers available in the silent auction.

Above: AQHA Honorary Vice President Gunnar Otness assists with the live auction.
Below: Carol Otness displays a Poco Lena print signed by artist Orren Mixer.

The 2016 edition of the Region One Scholarship Show kicked off August 18 at the Evergreen State Equestrian Park in Monroe, Washington, with an all-Rookie/Level 1 show. From August 19 to August 21, the show maintained its focus on amateur and youth exhibitors and green horses, providing ample Rookie, Level 1 and Select amateur classes. Level 1 exhibitors vied for top-10 placings so as to as earn a qualification to the 2017 AQHA Level 1 Championships. Buckles were awarded to Level 1 class winners, while first place in other classes went home with great gifts like plaques and horse blankets. In all classes, second through fifth place were awarded prizes, too. 

Congratulations to these all-around winners from the Region One Scholarship Show:

  • SELECT AMATEUR: Doreen Earl of Bellingham, Washington, showing Invited To A Party, a 2008 sorrel gelding by Zippos Old . Gold and out of I Came To Play by Invitation Only
  • AMATEUR and LEVEL 1 AMATEUR: Lena Sailor of Albany, Oregon, showing Red Hot Options, a 2009 sorrel gelding by Absolute Option and out of Hot N Chocolate Te by Chips Hot Chocolate
  • YOUTH 13-&-UNDER: Elizabeth Gerbrandt of Roberts Creek, British Columbia, showing Zips Classical Image, a 2002 sorrel gelding by Barpassers Image and out of Zips Dynamic Chelsea by Zippos Old Gold
  • YOUTH 14-18: Alyssa Hill of Snohomish, Washington, showing So Noticed, a 2011 black gelding by My Final Notice and out of One Dynamic Spot by Zippos Old Gold
  • LEVEL 1 YOUTH: Leah Anderson of Monroe, Washington, showing Jacie Ole, a 1999 buckskin gelding by Gold N Skedaddle and out of San Jackie by Classic Jack
Lena Sailor and Red Hot Options compete in trail

Above: Lena Sailor and Red Hot Options
Below: Alyssa Hill and So Noticed

Alyssa Hill and So Noticed compete in horsemanship

Region One Coverage

Click the links below to see more photos and stories from the show.

  • 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.