Las Vegas, NV
Viva Las Vegas! Again to Las Vegas, and the famous South Point Hotel and Casino, the Level 1 Championships West begins! This show is super exhibitor friendly- you never have to leave the grounds. There are multiple restaurants, a bowling alley, and movie theater! The facility in itself is amazing.
It was so nice to see so many faces I had met back at the Silver Dollar! This show, like the other Central Level 1 Show, ran so smoothly. The office staff and show management has the system perfected and has it running daily!
I was busy this show running two rings everyday at this show with the help of the other Awards Office helpers!
Oklahoma City, OK
The Central, and first, Level 1 Champion Ship show came with a whole new horse show feel for me. Not quite a world show but way larger and more prestigious then a normal circuited show. I was all big eyed and nervous getting lost the first day in the famous Jim Norick Arena and building. I also may have freaked a little when I first saw the incredible ‘gateway of champions’ where you see all the incredible photos of newly named AQHA World Champions…. Luckily, my bff, Leona was here for a judging team event before the show started and she showed me around a little bit.
(UPDATE: Little did I know starting this show, that this would be the most incredible show staff I would work with to date… but they were so much like family for 3 weeks.) I was a bit nervous to meet all the staff and have the usual pressure back to presenting large amounts of awards to every class. But Karen Torrice was so warm, and she gave me lots of responsibility and put me in charge of a whole ring for the week while she manned the other ring. This was nice for me, gave me something to work on between classes and kept me busy!
Shorty invited me to a Rein in Cancer fundraising event at the Remington Horse Park later in the year. As most of you know, I’m a sucker for a fundraiser! So, I am looking forward to my first Quarter Horse race later this year!
One of my favorites so far, has been meeting the Oklahoma Youth kids. They work so incredibly hard for their association and have so many out of the box, GOOD, fundraising ideas.
Another really cool thing happened at this show, I was invited by Todd to go take a tour of the National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage. The place was incredible and I know there is nothing like it anywhere else in the country. I learned about the history of the bandana, the 1000s of types of barbed-wire, and the story behind the Native American's head-dress along with what the different types of feathers mean. I am so extremely lucky to have been invited and I can't thank them enough for having me for the afternoon. I would strongly recommend going to anyone!
I met so many new people and I am really looking forward to the next two Level 1 Championship shows with everyone working for AQHA. AND I can't thank Patti Carter enough for all my new Level 1 Championships clothing! I will be representing AQHA all year long.
I made the spur of the moment decision to see my Ohio Queens- Miss Rodeo Ohio, and past Congress Queen Carly Kidner, and 2017 Ohio Quarter Horse Queen Kelsey Dorka! Since we all roomed together (three queens one hotel room... it was a sparkle and hair spray tornado!!!) I loved getting to know both of these girls better!
Carly is an incredible and accomplished queen and person, she's studying to be a lawyer and has won numerous titles.
Kelsey has run for the Congress Queen title 2 previous times and is now running again this time for Ohio Quarter Horse!
This trip was also another amazing opportunity to see some of the Congress Queen sponsors turned friends- Rhinestone Lipgloss and Sara and Berry Fit Company and Carolyn! They were sharing a booth again, like they did at Congress, and it was so nice to catch up with.
I had never been to anything like the Equine Affair, so this was a whole new experience for me. All sorts of horse breeds were represented and, of course, so much shopping. The girls and I met tons of little girls and hopefully some will come to the Quarter Horse Congress in October!
Luckily, I got to see my Congress Girl Tessa from Prestige Equine Solutions, she was there giving talks about therapy for our best equine pals. (and I got to meet her horse!!! yay!!)
The second day was even better due to Tessa introducing me to her friend Sandi Simons!! She was beyond amazing and in our short conversation she radiates knowledge and understanding. Sandi was a true joy to be around, and she is coming back for the Congress this year! So I can't wait to see her again.
The short trip to Ohio was perfect and successful! I will be back in Ohio soon for several shows I am looking forward to: The All American Youth Show and The SOQHA Madness!
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.