Southern Hospitality

The first AQHA Regional Experience opened in South Carolina this week.

The first AQHA Regional Experience opened in South Carolina this week.

Yankee Fan and Anne Shirley
Yankee Fan and Anne Shirley

On May 14, the Region 10 Experience began at Clemson, South Carolina,  and the day opened with light fog, which burned off to reveal a gorgeous horse show day.

Among those showing were Anne Shirley and her black mare Yankee Fan. Anne, a resident of Camden, South Carolina, came with friends to show at the Region 10 Experience. She and “Yankee” competed and won in halter, and later showed in the English classes.

Yankee is a former reining horse with the most royal of heritages — she is by Rowdy Yankee and out of the Great Pine mare, The Great Escape, who is one of the top 10 all-time producing broodmares in the history of the National Reining Horse Association. Bred by Charlie and Stephanie Rome and for several years co-owned by the Romes and Anne, Yankee competed in reining for a while before Anne purchased full interest in her. Last year, Anne began retraining the mare for her second career as an English and jumping horse.

The petite mare is now schooling over fences “She’s fast as a rabbit and can jump the moon,” noted her owner.

Anne, who describes her mare as a princess who loves attention, isn’t bothered by her mare’s petite stature.

“If you allow a horse’s personality to come out, you might be surprised what’s there,” Anne said. “She is an excellent jumper, and is very careful (over the fences).”

Anne, who owns a farm, also enjoys trail riding her mare, and is partners with the Romes on Yankee’s half-brother, a newborn colt by Custom Chrome.

Andrea Caudill
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