Hi everyone! I am so honored to have had Amy past down the crown to me this past weekend. This has been one of my goals for about fives years now and I am so ecstatic that is has become a reality! Like in all of the AQHA Queen's competitions, I had to compete in three categories for the competition: taking the AQHA rule book test, performing a horsemanship pattern, and completing an interview with a panel of three judges. The first phase I went through was the test. I was pretty nervous about taking the test as it is on the entire AQHA rule book. All 312 pages of it! I ended up getting around the score that I had aimed for, however I have A TON more studying to do before Congress. The next phase that I competed in was the Horsemanship pattern. This was the category that I felt that I was most prepared for. My Hunter Under Saddle gelding, Dillon, and I had been practicing in full force to get ourselves ready for that event. We did not do as great as I had hoped, but we have definitely come a long way since the beginning of the year. Next, I had to do my interview. I was extremely nervous about my interview because there are so many questions that the judges can ask you and you do not know which ones you will get. I surprised myself with how well I did and now I know more of what to be expecting for this phase.
2016 SCQHA Queen and Congress Queen, Amy Brown, was able to hand over the South Carolina crown to me mid-day on Saturday. This was the best feeling in the world. Her family supplied a gorgeous and delicious lunch after the ceremony, which even included a watermelon with my name engraved in it. How cool is that?! All of my friends, family, and even some of my sponsors were able to make it out and we had a fantastic gathering together.
On Sunday I was officially able to start taking over my queen duties by handing out the awards for the Alan Barnes Senior Western Pleasure Class. Mr. Barnes was a outstanding horseman and sadly passed away a few years ago. His wife, Jackie Barnes, knew how much he loved the youth and decided to start a class in his honor by donating $1000 to the purse. As I was walking back from awarding the class, I saw two little cowboys passing a football back and forth and I decided to take part in the fun. When we got done playing, than ran up to their mothers and told them that the Queen played ball with them! It is things like this that make my heart happy. I cannot wait to til the next show and get to have a part in more activities like this.
Until next time!
In February 2019, Sarah Beth Felker was crowned the years SCQHA Queen, and she grew up with a love of showing Quarter Horses. Sarah Beth currently attends St. Andrews University working towards a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Equine studies, and she competes on her school’s IHSA Western and Hunt Seat teams. In her free time, Sarah Beth volunteers at the Ride Like a Knight therapeutic riding facility at her school where she assists children with developmental and physical disabilities through equine related activities and therapies.