Candids From the Oregon Irish Classic

The Oregon Quarter Horse Association's March 10-13 show in Eugene was jam-packed with all-around events, mixing in some cow and reining, too.

Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal

The halter mares came out in full force. Scroll down to view more photos by Kaitlin Dierks from the Oregon Irish Classic.

The Oregon Quarter Horse Association held their Irish Classic show from March 10 through 13 at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene. Only this year, OQHA paired up with the Oregon Paint Horse Club and added American Paint Horse Association classes to their full schedule of AQHA classes, which allowed OPHC riders to qualify for their year-end awards. Another exciting addition to this show was the fact that the Oregon Horse Center management spent their time and money on re-footing the arenas and making the ground much better for the horses at this show. Kudos to you all!

The schedule was jam-packed with all-around events, mixing in some cow and reining time, too. With about 170 stalls reserved, the class sizes were smaller, but a point or two were up for grabs in each event. The halter mares came out in force, with seven plus in their classes, giving the judges a large group to work with. The amateur and open western pleasure showed the same, with about eight strong in each class. All of them were high-quality movers, making the competition stiff all weekend.

On Sunday, the wind was picking up heavily above the barn, causing some concern with the safety of the horses and riders so the day’s events were moved into the second arena. Again all day, the competition was stiff. OQHA also holds beginner classes for riders with less than two and a half points in breed-approved competition. These classes were full of talent and fantastic rides, with buckles being awarded to first place.

Throughout the weekend it seemed that everyone was having a great time, and having great rides. Thank you, Oregon Quarter Horse Association, for hosting such a fun show!