By Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse JournalAugust 21, 2013
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:
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:
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