Journal on the Road

Happy Birthday in Region One

July 23, 2011

The Friday Evening Extravaganza at Region One featured extreme trail, dancing and a champion of champions.

By Larri Jo Starkey

Kimberly Servoss celebrates her birthday at the Region One Championship in Langley, British Columbia. (Larri Jo Starkey photo). To see more photos from the event, scroll to the slide show below.

Happy birthday, Kimberly Servoss.

The amateur from Bellingham, Washington, celebrated July 22, her birthday, at the Region One Championship in Langley, British Columbia, where she won the horsemanship buckle as a special gift to herself.

“My horse is A Little Two Deluxe, “Bob,” and he’s a 12-year-old bay gelding,” Kimberly said after her win. “He’s my first horse I’ve ever owned. I’ve had him for about four years, and I try to get out to the barn to ride four to five times a week. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl, and I love it.”

Kimberly said she shows the gelding often at Thunderbird Show Park and was returning for her second Regional Championship.

“We love showing Quarter Horses,” she said. “It’s definitely our favorite thing to show.”

Bob is by A Little Deluxe and out of Two Below Rainbow by Coys Impressor. He was bred by Kristina Montgomery of Chattaroy, Washington.

“We have a really good connection,” Kimberly said. “He’s got a great personality. He’s really funny. He’s very athletic. I have to work to keep him minding on the rail, but it’s fun.”

On July 21, Kimberly also claimed buckles in showmanship, her best event, and hunt seat equitation.

Kimberly wasn't the only exhibitor having a good weekend.

The first- and second-place youth finishers in hunt seat equitation and horsemanship classes were invited back into the arena July 22 for a champion of champions ride-off.

Judges Gary Reynolds and Allen Mitchels explained the pattern they wanted to see, then the riders hit the rail at a walk, following instructions such as haunches-in, counter-canter and dropping the stirrups.

One by one, the exhibitors were excused from the ring with applause from the crowd until finally only two finalists were left: Josie Mootz of Cottage Grove, Oregon, riding English on Looks Inviting, and Katrina Mulford of Kamloops, British Columbia, riding western on Zippos Star Shuttle.

After an extended stretch of no-stirrups, the judges made their decision, and Josie was named the champion of champions.

AQHA Executive Director of Competition Tom Persechino promised both riders that their accomplishments — reserve and champion — would be noted on their horses' permanent awards record with AQHA.

Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon make up Region One. British Columbia sponsored the evening social by grilling salmon for the crowd. The social was the beginning of the Friday Evening Extravaganza that culminated in the champion of champions ride-off.

Spectators also saw an extreme trail demonstration, a Nia for equestrians demonstration and a freestyle showmanship demonstration in between prize drawings.

For more photos from the Region One Championship, watch the Journal slide show below. To view the captions, click on the photos.

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