MQHA Harbor Classic Wrap-Up

The Michigan Quarter Horse Association's 2016 event was a success with more than 6,500 entries throughout six days.

From the Michigan Quarter Horse Association

Exhibitors enjoyed a nice venue and a full show schedule during the MQHA Harbor Classic. (Credit: courtesy of the Michigan Quarter Horse Association/Kathy Christensen)

Once again, the Michigan Quarter Horse Association visited Ludington, Michigan, and the Mason County Fairgrounds for the Harbor Classic Horse Show. Year after year, MQHA members vote this event as “Best Show of the Year,” which is no wonder. Where else can you ride and show only minutes from the Lake Michigan beach? With a great downtown area, restaurants, shops, Craig’s Cruisers go-carts and Flavors ice cream, Ludington is a great vacation destination. 

Mason County Fairgrounds is one of the best show venues in Michigan, with paved roads, three riding arenas, plus 30 and 50 amp camp sites. The fairground’s volunteer maintenance team worked each day of the show, dragging, watering and keeping things clean for the exhibitors. 

The Harbor Classic had a full show schedule of classes, including small-fry and rookie divisions. With 6573 entries over six days, plus 350 stalls sold, this event continues to be one of MQHA’s largest shows. 

The Harbor Classic is also special because of the many activities during the July 4th holiday week. Ludington’s Fourth of July fireworks were Monday night and many people were able to watch the fireworks from the west end of the fairgrounds, comfortably seated in golf carts or chairs. 

The MQHA princess contest was held Friday, July 8. Congratulations to Princess Ashley Rytman and Jr. Princess Dana Moody. On Saturday, MQHA crowned the 2016 queen, Andrea Armbruster, during the exhibitors’ party.

MQHA exhibitors and guests also enjoyed watching the reining classes on Saturday night, including one ride that became a bridleless pattern. This was especially interesting and impressive to watch. 

Following the reining classes, Jimmy Roth auctioned off the dogs for the youth fundraiser dog races. With three divisions, Corgi, small dog and large dog, everyone gets to show off their favorite four-legged companion and share in the fun as the dogs race across the show arena.

Thank you to Jeff West, who helped everyone find their campsites. Also, thank you to Kris Woroniecki and her team for once again running this event so efficiently, and helping to make this show so wonderful and memorable.

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2016 MQHA Harbor Classic