Region One High-Points

View the Journal's photos from the final day of the 2017 Merial AQHA Region One Championship, plus see who took home high-point honors.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Exhibitors welcomed drizzle August 13 at the Evergreen State Equestrian Park. The weekend's rainfall marked the end of western Washington's 55-day drought. (Credit: Journal)

Usually spirits will plummet at a horse show when rain blankets the show grounds. That wasn't the case August 13 at the 2017 Merial AQHA Region One Championship.

It was high time western Washington saw precipitation after 55 days without measurable rainfall. On the last day of the show, exhibitors welcomed the wet pavement, which sharpened the clip-clop of horse shoes, and the need to toss coolers over show saddles to protect them from drizzle.

It was the last day of the show, and exhibitors vied in western pleasure and horsemanship classes, as well as a highly contested, albeit cute, leadline competition. 

With the completion of the show came the crowning of the following high-point winners:

Walk-Trot 11-&-Under
JDG Invited By Chip and Sydney Swallom

Level 1 Youth, champion
A Blazen Asset and Claira Bingaman

Level 1 Youth, reserve
Dodge Da Bullit and Megan Hoellrich

Youth 13-&-Under, champion
Zips Classical Image and Elizabeth Gerbrandt

Youth 13-&-Under, reserve
A Blazen Asset and Claira Bingaman

Youth 14-18, champion
Sudden Attraction and Alexa McGowan 

Youth 14-18, reserve
Skip The Invite  Katrina Bilic

Invited To A Party and Doreen Earl

Red Hot Options and Lena Berry

Level 1 Amateur
Irwins Lil Bit Purdy and Ciera Bennett