Region One: All-Arounds

Congratulate the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship all-around winners, and meet a family from British Columbia who does it all.

By Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse Journal
August 21, 2013

Daly-Brandt family at the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship

From left to right: Amanda Daly, Jan Daly, Stan Brandt, Jeannette Brandt and Megan Daly of Pritchard, British Columbia, at the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship in Monroe, Washington. (Journal photo)

Showing is an all-around family affair for the Daly and Brandt families of Pritchard, British Columbia.

For the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship, August 14-18 in Monroe, Washington, the Canadian family was on-hand all week, competing in everything from ranch sorting to hunt seat equitation, and sometimes even on the same horse.

The chosen mounts for family are Olena San Star and Smart Lena Jo.

A 2002 sorrel mare by Tivio San Rey and out of Peps Misty Sky by Augustine Peppy, “Star” is owned and bred by Stan Brandt of Pritchard. Stan also owns “Josie,” a 2003 chestnut mare by Smart Mate and out of Lads Lena Jo by San Jo Lena.  

“I rode Star in the sorting, then my dad, (Stan,) rode Josie and we won the amateur ranch sorting buckle,” Jan Daly told the Journal. But that wasn’t the extent of what Star and Josie would go on to do at the Region One Championship.

With Jan’s daughter, Amanda, in the saddle, Star made a showing in reining, working cow horse, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, showmanship, horsemanship, halter, barrel racing and pole bending. The finished reserve in youth working cow horse and won a buckle in youth reining.

Not to be outdone, Amanda’s older sister, Megan, won some loot aboard Josie, including the youth cutting championship.

The girls’ grandmother, Jeanette Brandt, also took a spin around the halter and showmanship rings, making a strong showing with her new horse, Hotter N Chocolate (Chips Hot Chocolate-Hotroddin Rhonda by Radical Rodder).

“My mom and I (were initially into horses),” Jan says. “I rode as a kid, then my dad got into it about 15 years ago, then the girls got into it. It’s a family affair.”

With teenage girls who are only one year apart in age, is there a little bit of sibling rivalry?

“Yeah,” says Amanda.

“All the time,” her older sister adds with a laugh.

But between all the classes, there certainly is a chance to trade off on winning a few prizes. The Daly girls say what they enjoy most is the connection they feel with their horse when they’re competing in all-around events.

“Being a team with your horse and competing as one” are what Megan lists as her favorite aspects of showing.

Those are sentiments her family readily agrees with. And there’s one other thing that they enjoy about showing, too.

“We travel together all over the place,” Jan says. “It’s awesome.”

Region One Championship All-Around Winners:

  • Novice youth – Talk About Royal (1998 brown gelding by Sweet Talkin Chip-Im A Crown Royal by Impressive Prince 76) and Cassandra Chriest of Duvall, Washington
  • Novice youth reserve – Looks Inviting (2005 sorrel gelding by Invitation Only-Zippos Freckles by Zippo Pine Bar) and Ashley Laird of Monroe, Washington
  • Youth – Talk About Royal and Cassandra Chriest
  • Youth reserve – Faithful Dimension (2005 bay mare by Invested Dimension-A Gem Of An Asset by Investment Asset) and Jessica Grodzins of Woodinville, Washington
  • Novice amateur – Oughta Be Western (2006 brown gelding by Dress Western-I Oughta Be A Bunny by Iota Invest) and Tina Maynard of Chilliwack, British Columbia
  • Novice amateur reserve – All Girl Charlie (2003 sorrel mare by Dont Skip Charlie-All Girls League by Kay Cee League) and Sharon Rich of Eatonville, Washington 
  • Amateur – Oughta Be Western and Tina Maynard
  • Amateur reserve – A Natural Dancer (2004 bay gelding by Natural Iron-Lets Dance All Night by All She Wrote (TB) and  Rebecca Moore of Bellevue, Washington
  • Select amateur – A Good Madam (2005 bay mare by A Good Machine-Docs Arizona Pine by Docs Outta Town) and Karen Oschner of Woodinville, Washington 
  • Select amateur reserve – Versionaire (2001 bay mare by Good Version-Fancy Strutter by The Strutter) and Cindy Nakahara of Snohomish, Washington 
  • Open – Oughta Be Western and Tina Maynard
  • Open reserve – Smooth Chickory (2000 bay gelding by Royal Chic Olena-Hickory Smooth by Doc’s Hickory) and Jeanine Kern of Monroe, Washington
  • Small fry – Chips Heart (2002 chestnut mare by Chips Hot Chocolate-Zippos Queen O Heart by Zippo Pine Bar) and Lily Richardson of Duvall, Washington
  • All breed 13-&-under – MZ The Big Zipper and Tess Bauman
  • All breed 13-&-under reserve – Hesa Clasic Presence (1995 bay gelding by Northern Presence (TB)-Classette Cat by Wades Jigger Cat) and Anwyn Deeks of Snohomish, Washington
  • All breed 14-18 – Chocolately Girl and Rachel Williams

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.

Journal Region One Championship Coverage:

  • August 14: Age is just a number for Carol Arkell and Mity Chex, competing at the AQHA Region One Championship in Monroe, Washington.
  • August 15: Stealing the show in ranch pleasure, Sally Sutherland proves there’s a first time for everything at the AQHA Region One Championship.
  • August 16:With more entries than last year’s event, the AQHA Region One Championship sports many returning competitors, including Canadian Tina Maynard.
  • August 17: The Rehms keep speed in the family when they’re running their homebreds at the AQHA Region One Championship.
  • August 18: Laurie Hughes and Plumb Dry Tequila claim the AQHA Trail Challenge buckle at the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship.
  • August 21: Congratulate the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship all-around winners, and meet a family from British Columbia who does it all.