A Long Way for a Horse Show

Steward Lisa John travels from the United Kingdom for a working vacation at the 2017 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships.

AQHA steward Lisa John of the United Kingdom has been working with Tracy Willis, left, and Larry Little during the 2017 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships.

Lisa John of the United Kingdom has been working with fellow show stewards Tracy Willis, left, and Larry Little. "Take a picture of me as the rose between the thorns," she said. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

One person traveled a long way to get to Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2017 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships.

A LONG way.

Lisa John of the United Kingdom, an AQHA Professional Horsewoman, steward and frequent show manager, decided to spend her vacation in North Carolina to see an AQHA show in the United States.

“Having worked on the European show circuit for a couple of years with (AQHA steward) Butch Carse and listening to his stories and advice, I felt that I needed to open my experiences,” Lisa says. “I wanted to come to a slightly bigger horse show and listen to some of the experiences of other stewards.”

At Nutrena East, Lisa has been splitting her time between working with show stewards Larry Little and Tracy Willis, and working as a ring steward and scribe.

“The team here are amazing. I work with some amazing teams back home, but the team here have been super friendly and have answered every question I’ve had,” she says. “I thought the way the way the one pen (was split) with two trails running concurrently was super cool.”

Many shows in Europe use Tim Kimura patterns, she mentions, which are set in U.S. measurements.

“I have to run around with a European tape measure,” she says. “It was a cool thing being able to work directly with Tim yesterday.”

At the end of the Nutrena East, Lisa will have 24 hours of vacation before she returns to the United Kingdom and hopes to find something fun to do in Raleigh.

"I've never ridden a cutting horse," she says.