Journal on the Road

Velvet in Region One

July 22, 2011

Showmanship and halter exhibitors crowd the ring July 21 for the Region One Championship in Langley, British Columbia.

By Larri Jo Starkey

Jessica Burton shows to Gary Reynolds and Allen Mitchels at the Region One Championship in Langley, British Columbia.

Showing in velvet in July? Sure, why not, especially if you're in beautiful British Columbia, where the weather is fine and the people are friendly.

On July 21, the second day of the Region One Championship, the day began with halter and showmanship at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. World Conformation Horse Association classes mixed in among the AQHA classes.

Later in the afternoon, National Snaffle Bit Association classes mixed with the AQHA English flat classes. And throughout the day, youth showed in all-breeds classes.

The whole effort is part of Region One's attempt to include everyone — and by everyone, the group means everyone.

So far, the show has about 900 entries, says show manager Lisa Gardner. A pointed show earlier in the week drew some entries that have stayed for the Regional Championship.

Mike and Judy Cameron of Issaquah, Washington, are among those who crossed the United States-Canada border to show.

“We like to show here,” Judy says. “We have friends in the area, and it's so beautiful here. I like to try new events.”

Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon make up Region One. Alaska and Washington teamed up for the social July 21, which featured freshly caught halibut, moose burgers, caribou burgers and hot dogs for the less adventurous.

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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