By Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse JournalAugust 17, 2013
Tina Maynard and Oughta Be Western compete in western riding at the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship in Monroe, Washington. (Journal photo)
While from the outside looking in the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship Show appears to be larger than last year’s event, the actual numbers prove that the Regional Championship has indeed seen much growth since the past show season.
When August 16 started off with exhibitors showing their stuff in western riding, total entries for the show stood at more than 1,000, which is a figure expected to grow with two days of the championship left. Those numbers are very optimistic, says show manager Lisa Gardner, especially given that the 2012 Region One Championship closed the show with a little more than 1,000 entries. And so far approximately 300 stalls have been sold for the event held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington.
All Region One affiliates are well represented at the 2013 Region One Championship, save for Alaska. Some competitors, like amateur competitor Sally Sutherland, are competing at their very first Regional Championship, and others, like Tina Maynard, are starting to become regulars at the show.
Hailing from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Tina is competing at this year’s event with her 7-year-old brown gelding, Oughta Be Western. Tina and “Harry” attended their first Region One Championship two years ago in Langley, British Columbia. They headed a bit further south last year, all the way down to Spanaway, Washington.
The duo is back again this year, and seeing much success in the show pen. On August 16, Tina showed Harry to wins in Novice amateur and amateur western riding, and their trainer, Tami Hutton, also of Chilliwack, piloted the gelding to the win in open western riding.
Harry’s day was far from over after western riding; he still had showmanship and halter on his dance card for the evening. However, a day like that isn’t too daunting for a hardened show steed like Harry, especially if he gets to take a break for a blueberry bagel, graciously shared by his partner-in-crime, Tina.
By Dress Western and out of I Oughta Be A Bunny by Iota Invest, Outgha Be Western was bred by Robert and Linda Meyers of Kiefer, Oklahoma. Harry boasts much success at the Region One Championship with Tina and Tami over the past two years, in addition to a top 10 finish in junior western riding at the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show.
“He did western riding and pleasure,” Tina says of her equine cohort. “Then we got him, he hadn’t done any of the other events, so we have tried our best to do English, trail, showmanship and halter.
“He’s a pretty good character. He’s 7 years old but he kind of seems like he should be older; he’s smart.”
An area supervisor for Carlton Cards, a greeting card company, Tina says she’s had a passion for horses as long as she can remember.
“I grew up on acreage and my parents had driving horses, so we used to break the driving horses to ride. It just kind of went from there,” she recalls. “I’ve been showing since I can remember; I’ve been through 4-H and I’ve done open shows and Quarter Horse shows. I’ve shown since I was about 5.”
Showing horses is her main hobby, Tina says, and one she doesn’t plan on giving up any time soon.
The AQHA Region One Championship was August 14-18 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington. Visit www.region1experience.com for the show schedule and more information.
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