The AQHA Region One Championships took place at the Tacoma Unit in Spanaway, Wash., from August 14-19, 2012. This was the first year that Washington has hosted an AQHA Region One Championship show. The successful event exhibited over 1095 entries; including the cattle classes, All Breed and concurrent AQHA classes. Previous championships have taken place in Redmond Oregon, Nampa Idaho, and Langley, BC.
Attending the show on behalf of the AQHA were Tom Persechino, Executive Director of Competitions and Breed Integrity and AQHA Executive Committee member George Philips and his wife Nicole. A free social event was hosted by the affiliates each evening, serving at least 200 guests from Wednesday to Saturday.
Excellent learning clinics were presented by Jack Brizendine, part of Team Wrangler; Halter presentation on the Thursday; Mike and May Edwards with a Trail clinic on Wednesday; Lisa Friemark on Showmanship on the Thursday; Mark Bolender and Extreme Trail on the Friday; Genny Miller with Horsemanship on Saturday. The Friday Night Extravaganza offered an exciting jousting demonstration.
The AQHA Judges for the Championship event were Bill Enk and Whizzer Baker. AQHA concurrent class judges were Bill Enk and Robbin Jung. The Trail Challenge judge was Mark Bolender.
Champion Select – Versionaire & Cindy Nakahara; Reserve Select – Impuslively Gold & Liz Workland
Champion Open – Zip Onto the Freeway &Tami McClure; Reserve Open – Exclusive Iron and Todd Hovru
Champion All Breed 13 & Under – Beauz Invited & Kinsey Ayres; Reserve All Breed 13 & Under – Whata Foxy Chic & Lucie Lundquist
Champion All Breed 14-18 – Talk About Royal & Cassie Chriest; Reserve All Breed 14-18 – Phat Asset & Graysen Stroud
AQHA Region One Pictures maybe ordered www.sierrabreezephotography.com