Region Three: July 17

More than 1,600 entries put an exclamation point on this year's AQHA Region Three Championship.

By Jennifer Horton
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 17, 2013

Karen and Chad Fairchild hanging out with Magnums Hot Chic.

Karen and Chad Fairchild hanging out with Magnums Hot Chic. (bar H Photography photo)

The 2013 AQHA Region Three Championship kicked off on Wednesday, July 17, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sunshine  and warm 90 degree temperatures of summer welcomed the expected 1,600 entries.

View a slideshow from the first day.

In addition to the Regional Championship, the show includes an AQHA-approved split/combined show, with classes held concurrently. To begin the show, 162 entries came through the gate to navigate the trail course. New this year, the show committee split the climate-controlled Warner Coliseum into two trail patterns, enabling them to run two classes simultaneously in the show arena to alleviate what has been a long day in past years. The trail finished in seven hours, allowing the reining horses to take over in the afternoon rather than evening. The day closed shortly after 9 p.m.

Andrea Passe, riding her palomino gelding, Presidential Invite, was the first Region Three champion crowned in rookie youth trail. Also aboard a palomino, Mary Jo Schultz, and Little Yellow Cash, earned the first champion buckle in rookie amateur trail.

AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Jeff Greaves presented the trail clinic on Tuesday evening prior to the start of the show to help Novice riders prepare for their trail classes. Several riders took advantage of the opportunity to learn and to practice on the trail course to improve their performances.

Cooling off in the afternoon, exhibitors were treated to a watermelon feed, sponsored by Select exhibitor Millie Mauritzson of Port Byron, Illinois.

Coming up on Thursday ... over fences, hunter under saddle, speed classes and ice cream!