Region Three: July 20

Day 3 of Minessota's AQHA Region Three Championship featured showmanship, horsemanship and halter events.

By Jennifer Horton
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 21, 2013

Horsemanship contestants put their skills to the test Saturday after learning new tips during Friday's clinic held by AQHA Professional Horsemen. (bar H Photography photo)

The showmanshippers headed into the arena first thing Saturday morning. The arena was split into two rings to accommodate the large numbers of entries in a more timely fashion to help the day’s schedule. Ranae Hansen of Mondovi, Wisconsin, won the Rookie amateur showmanship with Macro Manager. Clint Whittingham of Brandon, Manitoba, won the Youth 14-18 showmanship with Addicted To Baileys. On the East Arena side, exhibitors were greeted warmly by Ring Steward Kathy Schroeder.

“Good morning," Schroeder said to contestants. "How are you? Do you have any questions? Are you ready? Good luck!”

Following the showmanship, the gelding halter classes took center stage in the Warner Coliseum.

View a slideshow of the July 20 highlights from the Region Three Championship in Minnesota.

Participants in Friday’s horsemanship clinic with AQHA Professional Horseman Brad Kearns were able to test their new knowledge and skills learned in the horsemanship classes that wrapped up the day. After Monica Edler of State Center, Iowa, won the Rookie amateur horsemanship with Good To Be Krymsun, her son, Blake, won the Novice Youth 14-18 horsemanship with A Krymsun Investment. After being called back to the arena for Rookie amateur showmanship awards, Monica said, “I don’t know how I got in here, but I’m pretty pleased to be here.” Monica placed third and fourth in the AQHA classes.

In addition to the AQHA Professional Horseman clinics offered this week, Jim Roth of Roth Show Equipment presented information on bits and how they work.

Region Three Committee Member Patrick McCarthy made the rounds with ice cream bars again today, a welcome treat on the nice afternoon.

Judges for the week have been Stephen Stephen in the arena on Saturday, finishing up at 10:15 p.m.

The show finishes up on Sunday with western riding and western pleasure.