Oregon Hosts No Bling in the Ring Show

The Oregon Quarter Horse Association closes out its 2016 show season September 15-18 with No Bling in the Ring Show in Eugene.

The No Bling in the Ring Show brought several new faces to the show pen. (Photos by Kristy Way)

This past week, the Oregon Quarter Horse Association held their final show of the 2016 season, No Bling in the Ring Show in Eugene. On hand to judge were Scott Merritt, Nancy Wright, Cindy Chilton-Moore and Sandra Curl.

The purpose of the show was to diminish the overwhelming show feeling and encourage new exhibitors to come out and show their horses. This fits in line with OQHA’s overall goal, which is “to provide beneficial services to our members that enhance and encourage Quarter Horse ownership and participation.”

“We are really trying to grow our participation,” Kristy Way said. “We had several new faces.”

This show focused on beginner classes, where beginner competitors were able to win a buckle per class. Rookie and walk-trot classes were also on the docket, as well as a full slate of cow horse events.

With entries as low as $10 per judge, OQHA tries to provide every opportunity for beginning entrants to have a great time and gain some experience with their American Quarter Horses before heading to the big leagues. Next year, Kristy says exhibitors can look forward to a flat-fee of $75 per judge for one horse with any rider, as well as free Rookie classes.

The OQHA also offers open and amateur classes, and is providing many opportunities for people who want to start their showing career in a low-stress environment.

The No Bling in the Ring Show was also complete with a free participant barbeque Friday night and horsemanship clinics taught by AQHA Professional Horsemen.