By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse JournalMay 17, 2013
The sun sets behind Kendall Kay Gill aboard You R Invited at the 2013 AQHA Region Ten Championship Show in Jacksonville, Florida. (Journal photo)
With more than 1,100 pre-entries, the 2013 AQHA Region Ten Championship Show was off to a good start May 16 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida. The coinciding double-judged AQHA pointed show had approximately 650 pre-entries.
The show opened May 16 with a full day of English events, followed by trail and western riding May 17. Ranch pleasure starts the day out may 18 – making a first-time Region Ten appearance – with western pleasure, horsemanship and reining to finish the day.
The competition finishes May 19 with halter, showmanship and speed events. All-around awards – including the coveted TexTan award saddles (sponsored by Markel Insurance and the Region Ten affiliates) - will be announced at show's end.
Region Ten includes the Florida Quarter Horse, Georgia Quarter Horse, North Carolina Quarter Horse and South Carolina Quarter Horse associations. Find an AQHA Regional Championship near you this showing season!
Fun Stuff So Far
The show excitement started with a gator herding! As move-in began, a lone, lost alligator found in a barn alleyway was herded into a stall and eventually escorted off the premises.
Regional classes with biggest entries include: Novice amateur showmanship at halter – 49; Novice amateur western horsemanship – 45; Novice amateur western pleasure – 42; Novice amateur hunter under saddle and Novice youth hunter under saddle both had 39.
Coming events for the weekend include an Exhibitor Party on May 18 at 6 p.m. with a silent auction of giant gift baskets to benefit the work of the American Quarter Horse Foundation.
New Old Friends
Part of the fun of a Regional Championship is meeting new “old” horse showing friends – people who’ve shown for years but whose path has never crossed your own.
Nancy Perkins of Zephyr Hills, Florida, is showing her newest show horse, RV Pac My Assets, aka “Pacman.” She wears a Pac-Man arcade t-shirt in honor of her ride’s nickname.
As a teen, “I wanted an Appy (Appaloosa),” she admits. But her daddy said, “No! I needed the best horse, an American Quarter Horse.” And that’s what he got her.
She showed open shows, then moved to AQHA and showed in Florida’s old Turnpike Circuit. Her day job was teaching public school for more than 35 years. She still teaches to help fund her showing.
Nancy showed at the first Select World Championship show in 2003, but the accomplishment of which she is most proud is earning an amateur Supreme Championship in 2010 with Leagues Magnum Force (Face A Big Leaguer-Heavens Young Gun by Zippos Heaven Sent; bred by Richard or Linda Kuemerle, Citra, Florida).
She “couldn’t do any of it” - training at home, hauling and showing - without her “horse show husband,” Dusty; they’ve been married more than 40 years.
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