2015 EDITION 2
Happy New Year!
Trista Mallow, Travis Born and Suddenly Winter
Novice Championships East
Lauren Stepaniak and her gelding, Gota Lota Chex, also had a great Novice Championship show. "Marvin" is kinda famous for being The Old Man with one good eye at 22 years old and it looks like he is just hitting his prime. They started the show with 2 great runs that earned them a 13th in the Novice Amateur Showmanship. Then were 11th in the Rookie Ranch Riding and 18th in the Novice Ranch Riding.
Anna Sofia Hauter and her young horse Especially Gifted brought some nice hardware home from Viginia. They were Champions in the Novice Youth 3 Year Old Halter Geldings. They also were the Reserve Champions in the Youth Hunter Under Saddle.
Kaylyn Kruchten and Mister Spontaneous
All American Quarter Horse Congress
Lou Kruchten and her bay roan gelding, Mister Spontaneous, started out with a 3rd place in the Small Fry Trail. They followed that up with a 7th in the Small Fry Showmanship. Lou and Earl then went on to win Reserve Champion in the Small Fry Horsemanship. At the end of the competition they won the Congress Reserve Small Fry All Around Championship!
Olivia Wynn and Shesa Good Story also made their Congress debut this year. They placed in all 4 of their events. They were 4th place in the Small Fry Showmanship, 4th place in the Small Fry Trail, 6th place in Small Fry Horsemanship and 7th place in Small Fry Equitation.
Lili Drinkall and Honk and Wave showed in three events at this year's show. They were finalist in the Small Fry Equitation. They also showed in the Showmanship and the Horsemanship. Congratulations to these three young ladies for representing the LLQHA so well!
JoAnn Mackey and Man in Black
JoAnn Mackey and her gelding, Man in Black, placed 15th in the Novice Amateur Hunter Under Saddle at the Congress. JoAnn's trainer, Lynda Danielson, also rode Man in Black in the Senior HUS and finished as finalists.
Ruth Robinson, also with Lynda and Rose Ranch, showed Aint I A Willy in the Amateur Performance Halter Geldings. They finished 14th and 13th in the Limited.
Rebecca Kopping and her 3YO, KM Best Ride, had a great year in the futurities. They placed 10th in the 3YO Non Pro HUS and 5th in the Southern Bell. They were also 10th in the Limited. Jennifer Burton rode "Vinny" in the Open 3 YO Hus and placed 11th and 15th in the Limited
Lauren Stepaniak and Gota Lota Chex followed up their Novice Championship success by placing 11th in the Novice Showmanship. They were also 5th in the NSBA.
Jennifer Stoever rode Ufzippospotential in the Novice Amateur Western Pleasure. They made it through the enormous splits and were finalists. This class is always one of the largest at the Congress. As you may know "Rufus" is owned by Jennifer's Dad, James Bond. You can usually find Jennifer in a hunt seat saddle but she switched it up this year to take Rufus to the Congress.
Hannah Tapling and Oh So McDreamy were 12th in the 15-18 Hunt Seat Equitation. Hannah also let our Illinois Queen Representative ride him in the Queen's Horsemanship Competition.
Anne Pate's new horse, KM The Best Brandy, also had success in the futurities. Jennifer Burton rode him in the 2 YO Open Western Pleasure Stakes Class. They finished 13th in the Open and 8th in the Limited.
AQHA World Show
Mary Mancini, one of our Halter Exhibitors, also showed her gelding Calilujah at the World Show. They won the Reserve Amateur 3YO Halter Gelding World Championship.
Gordyville Turkey Run
Mary Caitlyn O'Malley purchased a new horse two weeks before the show, Orange is the New Bay. He is a 3 year chestnut gelding. He won the Circuit Award in the Junior Hunter Under Saddle for his new owner.
Anne Pate got to show her 2 year old KM The Best Brandy for the first time in the Select Western Pleasure. They looked like old pros (not that I am biased) even earning a first place from one of the Judges.
Lauren Stepaniak and Gota Lota Chex won their first Amateur All Around Award at the final show of the year and Deb Kluz and Willy Impulsive added another Select All Around Award to their yearly total.
Looking Forward to 2016
I am sure I missed some things so in the future feel free to drop me an email if you have news. I would love hearing from you!
Best of Luck and Happy Showing in 2016!
Cami Van Aken