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The 2013 Congress closed out with a “bang”! Cowboy Mounted Shooting had the Celeste filled with smoke, as cowboys and cowgirls alike in period-specific costume tried their best to blow up balloons at breakneck speeds. Levels 1-6, AQHA and Wrangler Mounted Shooting classes closed out Sunday in the Celeste, while Barrel Racing and Pole Bending finished in the Coliseum. The Coliseum ended with the Congress Sweepstakes Barrels and Poles.
It’s hard to believe that October has flown by, taking the Congress with it! It was a pleasure to see all of our friends, and customers, and wonderful to meet so many new people this year! Our PleasureHorse.com family continues to grow, and we hope that you grow with us and share all of your stories, news, family updates, and excitement in the years to come- Congress-related or otherwise!
Great job to all of those who showed this month, we enjoyed watching! Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings…
The Celeste Center and Congress fairgrounds was buzzing with excitement as the much-awaited Equine Chronicle Congress Two Year Old Master’s Classes were about to begin! First was the Hunter Under Saddle Master’s class, a slot class that was started in 2006. All horses in the Masters are Maiden horses, meaning tonight was the first night these two year olds have been shown. Talk about excitement! A major congratulations to Nancy Sue Ryan and Al Be Desirable, owned by Patricia Hunter of San Juan San Juan, CA took the Master’s Champion! A major congratulations to Nancy Sue, who said “Lola” was “just a lovely mare. Very sweet.” The two year old is by Allocate Your Assets, our of a mare that Nancy had raised. She was trained by Jim and Deanna Searles. “She was nervous, but she behaved very very well. She was scared, but she tried! She did her best.”
Reserve Champion went to Katy Jo Zuidema, riding What Matters Most for Judy Davis. Third place went to Beth Case, riding her own gelding, Al Be Seeing Ya.
As an “interlude” between the HUS and the Western Pleasure, an auction was held, the proceeds of which go to benefit breast cancer. Items include Berry Fit chaps, a custom hat from Shorty’s Hattery, and beautiful custom made alligator boots bedazzled with crystals and a pink cancer ribbon. Overall, the auction raised just about $6,500! Raffle ticket sales for a drawing for a pair of LaGrange boots was also held, along with the fundraising done during Nellie’s Catwalk For Kids (NC4K) Fashion Show lead the Congress to write NC4K a check for $22,000 to help support breast cancer research and families!
Also between classes, the Living The Mission Award was announced. This award is for outstanding trainers who “serve the industry when no one is looking, improve the community, are selfless, and care about the welfare of their horses”, among other great attributes. A very special congratulations goes to University of Findlay instructor, trainer, great horseman and man, Clark Bradley! Mr. Bradley has shown at every single Congress, and has served as President.
Jay Starnes took his second Congress Champion of the day, the first on VS Flatline in the Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure and this time on Its Best To Be Hot! The adorable two year old dark mare, “Julie”, had a beautiful go. “She’s very nice, really easy to train,” shared Jay. “We’ve had a few ups and downs, but she showed great!” Julie is owned by Rawlings Enterprises, who Gavin and Rebecca Rawlings will have another saddle and big check to take back to Australia! Earlier at Congress, their 11-year-old daughter had won the 11 & Under Western Pleasure. “It’s been a great turnaround for them,” explains Jay. “To come to their first Congress and have a Western Pleasure Champion and then a Masters? Just great.”
Reserve Champion went to a Rusty Green, who brought home his own check of $23,000. Rusty showed Bestseatintehhouse for Alexandra Maria Chavez. It was a great ride for the Green Team, and certainly a wonderful way to finish up Congress!
Congratulations to all exhibitors! Sunday is the last day of Congress, and I’m sure we will see many massive horse trailers and buses pulling out of Ohio. It’s been great fun seeing everyone, and what a horse show!
The last week of Congress closed with more cold temperatures, but a bit of sunshine shining down on the Ohio Expo Center. The Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure Futurity, Limited and Southern Belle finished up the night in the Celeste on Friday, and what a class! A major PleasureHorse.com congratulations goes to Katie Green riding Snap Krackle Pop (by RL Best Of Sudden) on the pair’s Congress Championship! “She just stays the same every ride,” said Katie, all smiles. “Just a great horse.” Reserve Champion went to Jeff Cochran riding Got My Swag On. View full results here!
We are now on the final weekend of the Quarter Horse Congress, which is always a busy one. The Two Year Old Masters Class is Saturday night, and Sunday finishes with a literal “bang” of Cowboy Mounted Shooting along with Barrel Racing classes. Best of luck to all exhibitors, and have safe travels home to those who are headed home! We’ve loved seeing everyone.
Thursday was an exciting night with the Amateur Versatility entering the Celeste. Thursday also saw Pole Bending enter the Coliseum! The Amateur Versatility is a “Four in One” class,where exhibitors compete in Hunter Under Saddle, Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, and Pole Bending, all while never leaving the pen. They get five minutes in between to have their team of two people do the quick change with tack and show clothes, and then whatever time is remaining to school their horses really quick to “switch hats” for the next class. A major congratulations to Maria Salazar, all the way from Portland, OR, who won the class with her great horse Winkin For Chocolate!
Friday brings the Two Year Old Non Pro Hunter Under Saddle Limited Finals, as well as the Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure, Limited finals. Good luck to all exhibitors! Remember to scroll down to see results of the classes, check out photos, videos and the latest news.
Check out these links to 2013 Congress information: