Clinics, Trail Challenge Headline Oregon Show

Rookie and Level 1 exhibitors have a lot to look forward to at this September 12-13 horse show in Eugene, Oregon.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Wasitgoodforyoutoo and Jackie Johnston were the beginning western pleasure champions at OQHA's March show. The OQHA Fall Show will feature beginning classes as well. (Credit: OQHA)

For Northwest exhibitors looking to sharpen their skills or learn something new, the Oregon Quarter Horse Association show September 12-13 is the place to be. The event starts off at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene with clinics and a show, then wraps up with a Trail Challenge.


The clinics are open to all breeds and exhibitors eligible for AQHA Rookie and Level 1 classes (Level 1 is the new name for Novice). Each participant receives one free class entry into a Level 1 amateur or youth class or an AQHA Rookie class. Beginning classes are offered in each of these classes, with a belt buckle to the winner of each class. Beginning class entry fees are $30 per class, plus cattle fees, if applicable. See Beginning Class Rules for eligibility.
The AQHA Professional Horsemen who will teach the clinics include:

  • Reining: Chrissa Westbrooks (September 12)
  • Roping: Mike Marriott and Dale Tingle (September 12)
  • Working cow horse: Brandon Staebler (September 12) 
  • Horsemanship: Nancy Alto-Renfro, John and Sarah Hamer, Laura Satern (September 13)
  • Trail: Gary Roberts, Laura Satern (September 13)

Download the registration form to learn more about the OQHA clinics in Eugene, Oregon. 

Trail Challenge

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 13, riders can test the mettle of their trusty trail steed in OQHA’s Trail Challenge. The event is open to riders of all breeds. 

The trail course will be conducted on the outdoor course at the Oregon Horse Center. The course will feature six to 16 obstacles, including logs, rocks, a pond and ditches. 

The following Trail Challenge classes will be offered:

  • Youth (6 to 18 years old)
  • Level 1 (Training level)
  • Level 2 (Intermediate level)
  • Level 3 (Master level)
  • In-hand trail

Download the Trail Challenge entry form to learn more about the event. 

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