Region Three: July 21

Western riding and western pleasure capped the last day of the 2013 AQHA Region Three Championship Show.

By Jennifer Horton
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 22, 2013

Todd Waldera and Lukes Dun Cyclone

Todd Waldera and Lukes Dun Cyclone (bar H Photography photo)

The final day of the 2013 Region Three Championship Show started just as the previous four days – Roy Schwab of Plymouth, Wisconsin, sang the Canadian and U.S. national anthems while Todd Waldera of Taylor, Wisconson, carried the flags around the Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. Todd has been a favorite exhibitor at the Region Three show for years, competing with his stallion, Lukes Dun Cyclone, and carrying the flags each morning for several years.

The first classes of the day were western riding, with about 40 horses traveling the pattern for the Region Three Championship and AQHA show judges. The little tingle in the air might have been from the brief rain showers, or it might have been the excitement of the high-point awards to be presented that afternoon – including seven Tex Tan rough-out work saddles. A big thank you goes to Markel Insurance for sponsoring six of the saddles that went home with happy exhibitors.

The western pleasure classes began before noon, with the leadline riders, always a tough class for our judges but a crowd favorite. More than 200 horses showed in the western pleasure classes, including 32 entries in the Novice amateur western pleasure.

AQHA Professional Horseman Jeff Greaves rode Chex Out My Lope for Kamryn Kruchten, Waunakee, Wisconsin, to win the final Region Three Championship for 2013 in senior western pleasure.

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Region Three All-Around Winners
Rookie Youth: Anna Balfany of Webster, Minnesota, and Just Totally Jack (Tee Totalin Fred-Chips Rumor Has It by Zips Chocolate Chip)
Novice Youth 13-&-Under: Madison Spak of Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Heza Dark Addiction (Addicting-Twosteppin Inthedark by Dynamic In The Dark)
Youth 13-&-Under: Nya Kearns of Grayslake, Illinois, and Red Hot Blazing Iron (Hot N Blazing-Naturally A Redhead by Natural Iron)
Novice Youth 14-18: Alexandra Beckman, of New Richmond, Wisconsin, and Chip Moves Me (Seven S Chippendale-Artful Lass by Artful Move)
Youth 14-18: Alyssa Lombardi of Frankfort, Illinois, and RL A Sudden Attitude (A Sudden Impulse-Zans Heir by Zans Par)
Rookie Amateur: Lisa Cardelli of North Branch, Minnesota, and BMQ Shez Decked Out (The Epitome-Fistfula Sonshine by Hesa Fistfula Zip)
Novice Amateur: Jennifer Wagner of Monee, Illinois, and Ima Party Crasher (Invitation Only-Patti Caan by James Caan)
Amateur: Mary Bluhm Holsten of Sedalia, Missouri, and Chex Made Me A Star (Zippo Pine Chex-Skipa Star Co Two by Skipa Chief)
Amateur Select: Judie Davis of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and Dynamic Premonition (Dynamic Deluxe-Shake Me Easy by Easy Jet)
Open: Tara Rafftery of Stanchfield, Minnesota, and Lensa Ruf Lace (Lil Ruf Peppy-Lenas Lace by Lenas Gyrator)