July 25, 2011
After a week of competition, all-around winners claim their prizes in Region One.
By Larri Jo Starkey
Amanda Daly needed a new saddle.
She, her sister and her grandparents had been showing heavily this summer and were tired, but as they were reading the Region One Championship show bill, they noticed that the prize for the all-around was a TexTan saddle, sponsored by Markel Insurance.
So after thinking it over, the family left from Kamloops, British Columbia, and returned to the Thunderbird Show Park for Region One, where Amanda proceeded to enter everything on her family-bred mare, Olena San Star.
“It’s a backyard bred horse that started out really doing little games and play days,” said Amanda's proud grandmother, Jeanette Brandt of Kamloops. “Eventually we realized her potential. She can do cutting, she can do reining, she can do jumping, she can do barrels, poles, sorting, just on and on. She proved this weekend how incredibly gifted she is and the rider is.”
“Star” has never had professional training, Amanda said. Her grandfather, Stan Brandt, bred the mare and started her as a 2-year-old. The 2002 sorrel mare is by Tivio San Rey and out of Peps Misty Sky by Augustine Peppy.
“Reining is my favorite,” Amanda said. “I like the sliding stops. She likes jumping. She finds it really fun.”
On their way to the all-around title, Amanda and Star won seven Montana Silversmiths buckles as well as a few of the other great prizes from AQHA corporate partners. Not to mention that TexTan saddle sponsored by Markel Insurance that she really needed.
Region One All-Around Winners
Novice youth 13 and under – Charlotte Selby, Redmond, Washington, and A Lil Bit Lethal
Novice youth 14-18 – Ahsha Mootz, Cottage Grove, Oregon, and Invitation To Ride
Youth 13 and under – Amanda Daly, Kamloops, British Columbia, and Olena San Star
Youth 14-18 – Tamara Barker, Kamloops, British Columbia, and Macs Goodbar Seeker
Novice amateur – Kimberly Servoss, Bellingham, Washington, and A Little Two Deluxe
Amateur - Yelaina May, Roberts Creek, British Columbia, and Hez Talk Of The Town
Select - Cindy Nakahara, Snohomish, Washington, and A Screamin Zippo
Open - Winkin For Chocolate, owned by Kathrine Hardcastle, Sechelt, British Columbia
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