Journal on the Road

2011 AQHA Region Two Reunion

September 23, 2011

The 2011 AQHA Region Two Championship rolls into the weekend strong. 

Ann Hards and American Quarter Horse Lavish Love at the 2011 AQHA Region Two Championship.

Ann Hards of Berthoud, Colorado, and her homebred mare Lavish Love at the 2011 AQHA Region Two Championship in Rapid City, South Dakota. (Journal photo)

With more than 1,400 entries by the end of day September 22, the 2011 AQHA Region Two Championship is off to a great start, and The American Quarter Horse Journal is onsite again to capture the fun (don’t miss the slide show below).

The AQHA show attracts newcomers every year like Ann Hards of Berthoud, Colorado, who brought along her homebred mare, Lavish Love, to try for a novice amateur all-around award.

But people also keep coming back – it’s like a mini-reunion every year! Bryan Jones of Jamestown, North Dakota, returns after a two-year absence due to knee replacement surgeries. But nothing keeps Bryan away from riding for long, not MS and not cancer; you might remember Bryan from his freestyle reining performance on Nu Chex Nics, aka “Leroy,” two years ago.

New this year is an AQHA double-judged pointed show that is running alongside the Region Two Championship, offering exhibitors even more reasons to come to Rapid City and test their horsemanship skills. AQHA judges Leo Fourre (Minnesota) and Gayle Lampinen (Michigan) are judging the Regional Championship; AQHA judges Jane Bagley (Texas) and Michael Damianos (California) are judging the pointed show. AQHA judge Gene Carr (South Dakota) stepped in for the speed events.

The weekend holds a number of family events – if you’re nearby and need to entertain the kids this weekend, bring them out to the Central State Fairgrounds for fun activities. (See the schedule.)

September 22 began with speed, ran through working cow horse and roping classes and ended with western riding and an evening-hours Team Wrangler trail clinic with AQHA Professional Horseman Ryan Cottingim of New Albany, Indiana.

Learn more about all AQHA Regional Championships and more showing opportunities at www.aqha.com.

 Look for you and your horse in the coverage slide show presented by The American Quarter Horse Journal (click on the image to see the caption):

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–Christine Hamilton, editor of The American Quarter Horse Journal.
If you have a Region Two story to share, send a note to chamilton@aqha.org.