May 14, 2011
It’s a great sign when early numbers indicate that a horse show’s stalls could double.
It looks like that might be the case for the 2011 AQHA Region 10 Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina.
It’s too early to estimate entry numbers – pre-entries (around 400) were up from 2010, and the Region 10 management is hourly taking late entries. Held May 13-15 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, the show is the first Regional Championship of 2011.
In an “experiment” for the event, the Region 10 is running alongside a 3-day AQHA pointed show. The change seems to be doing what the Region 10 Committee hoped: attracting riders just starting out in AQHA and those seeking points, too. It’s allowing many trainers to bring both types from their barns.
Grace Pierce, who won the 2010 Region 10 Select all-around award saddle with her gelding, Sleepin In The Café, returned to show only in AQHA classes this time.
And Molly Stanfield brought Mr Hickorysstarlight to try AQHA reining. She was introduced to the discipline through her Intercollegiate Horse Show Association equestrian team at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. The Regional Championship was a perfect place to try AQHA competition.
What hasn’t changed? The enthusiasm of the Region 10 Committee for an event designed to welcome all kinds of people to AQHA competition. Many thanks for the great Hursey’s barbeque – pork in the South – at the exhibitor’s party on May 13.
FYI – Since the Regional Championships began under AQHA Past President Frank Howell’s direction in 2005, the Region 10 has been held in three locations: 2005-2007 – Perry, Georgia; 2008-2009 – Clemson, South Carolina; 2010-2011 – Raleigh, North Carolina.
See the Journal slide show from the first day of competition. (Click on the image for the captions).
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