Havin' Fun at Region One

Look through the Journal's photos from August 11 at the 2017 Merial AQHA Region One Championship.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Mother-daughter duo Cynthia and Ava Dees pose with their beloved gelding, Playboys Poco Bert, after their ranch riding classes. (Credit: Journal)

The 2017 Merial AQHA Region One Championship kicked off its first day of championship classes August 11 in Monroe, Washington.

First on the docket was a morning packed with trail classes, followed up by reining and ranch riding. Exhibitors and their families enjoyed a dinner sponsored by the Sebring family and drinks provided by Sullivan Performance Horses before a toilet-plunger-toilet-paper relay race. (Yes, it's one of those things you have to see to believe, so watch the video below.)

The night wrapped up with the now annual trainer silent auction, followed by a live auction. The trainer silent auction raised $4,200 for the AQHA Region One Scholarship Fund, and Kip Larsen and Mike Davis will have their pick of stalls for the Washington State Quarter Horse Association Northwest Emerald show in September as the high-selling trainers. Live auction items ranged from gorgeous western artwork to overnight stays to Tina Laguna's two handmade apple pies, which sold for $200 each.

All told, $12,960 was raised Friday night for the Region One Scholarship Fund. And that's really what this show is about – profits from the show will go into the scholarship fund, as has been the case since the Region One affiliates morphed their regional championship event into a scholarship fundraiser. If you missed out on giving at the show, you can contribute online through the American Quarter Horse Foundation; just make sure to note that the donation is for the AQHA Region One Scholarship Fund.