Ohio’s 2013 Buckeye Classic AQHA Circuit to Offer Free Amateur Entries
Everyone loves free. However the 2013 Buckeye Classic AQHA show will take free to a whole other level by offering free AQHA amateur, novice amateur and select amateur entries for six judges during the event July 25-28 at Eden Park Equestrian Center in Sunbury, Ohio.
The 2013 Buckeye Classic is being co-hosted by the Buckeye Western Horse Association and the Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association. The group’s steering committee has raised $35,000 in corporate partnerships, which will allow the show to offer the free entries.
The show has received special event approval to offer exhibitors six sets of AQHA points for all events except halter, trail, western riding and reining. Doug Huls, Liz Haynes, Bruce Walquist, Scott Neuman, Karen Graham and Rob Meneely will judge. The Buckeye Classic will offer circuit awards for each class as well as all around and reserve all around awards in each AQHA division.
“We are very excited to be working with BWHA on the Buckeye Classic this year,” said Justin Billings, OAQHA first vice president and co-manager of the show. “Ohio used to have several large circuits for AQHA exhibitors that have gone away, and with BWHA’s horse show experience and OAQHA’s enthusiasm, we’re working to make this show a new premier event in Ohio.”
BWHA Member Karol Lee noted that BWHA is also excited about the joint venture. “Our groups have really complemented each other well. We may have had more experience in the show office, but OAQHA members were better at promotion and fundraising, which our members traditionally have not done,” she said. “And we’re very excited about the show facility at Eden Park.”
BWHA and OAQHA have each hosted successful AQHA circuits of their own and decided to join forces in 2013. BWHA produced the Flag City USA circuit in Findlay for many years and OAQHA was the first state amateur association in the country to host an AQHA show beginning in 1979.
The show is already accepting stall reservations, and will assign stalls based on sponsorship and postmark, Billings said. “We’re trying to be fair and equal with everyone,” he said.
Billings noted that the free entry concept would not be possible without the support of the show’s corporate sponsors, which include the Martz family, Olivia Hoecker/Pine Meadow Quarter Horses, Rebecca Bailey/One Hot Krymsun, Fritz and Carole Leeman/Leeman Farm, the Equine Chronicle and Rods Western Palace.
For additional information about the 2013 Buckeye Classic, please visit www.freeamateurentries.com.