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Region Eight Championship - June 19

English classes, Equestrians With Disabilities classes and speed events are part of the first day of the 2014 Merial AQHA Region Eight Championship.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
June 19, 2014

Spencer Roberson and Selection So Simple

Spencer Roberson rides Selection So Simple to the top in EWD walk-trot-canter hunter under saddle and equitation June 19 at the 2014 Merial AQHA Region Eight Championship. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos from the show, scroll to the slideshow below.

Wearing a blue tie to match his favorite color ribbon, Spencer Roberson of Sanger, Texas, rode Selection So Simple to the top in two classes June 19.

“(My horse's) name is ‘Stumpy’ and he’s 20 years old and I’ve had him about two years,” said Spencer, who has been riding for about 16 years, including through the AQHA Equestrians With Disabilities program.

The Merial AQHA Region Eight Championship has sprinkled EWD classes throughout the weekend June 19-22 in Wichita, Kansas. On June 19, which was English day at the show, Spencer won walk-trot canter hunt seat equitation and walk-trot-canter hunter under saddle.

“I like both of them,” said Spencer, a veteran of AQHA EWD competition who was 2008 year-end high-point winner in EWD walk-trot hunt seat equitation on Color My Zipper and in EWD showmanship with Valour. “I might just keep going to horse shows and keep (competing).”

Selection So Simple is a 1994 sorrel gelding by Dont Skip Charlie and out of Zip In Delight by Zippo Jack Bar. He was bred by Hedy Levin of Sturgis, Michigan, and is owned by Stable Strides Farm in Denton, Texas.

“He’s smooth,” Spencer said. “He trots slow. He canters slow. And he’s a very nice horse for riding.”

In his earlier show career, Selection So Simple earned $19,394.34 in National Snaffle Bit Association competition as well as $3,429.87 at the AQHA World Championship Show. He began as a 2-year-old with a ninth-place finish at the World Show in 2-year-old western pleasure., going on to earn Superiors in western pleasure and western riding. He was AQHA year-end high-point horse in 1998 in western pleasure.

He was gelded in 2010, but before that, Selection So Simple sired horses that have earned 2,795.5 points in AQHA competition, including one world champion.  His offspring have earned $25,621.72 in NSBA competition as well as $2,953.63 in AQHA competition and $767.11 in National Cutting Horse Association competition.

The Region Eight Championship concludes June 22.

June 20 - Reining, roping, ranch pleasure and working cow horse
June 21 - Halter, showmanship and horsemanship