While at Congress this year, I forgot to mention to you that I met the 1978 South Carolina Quarter Horse Queen. It was a moment where I was just in the right place at the right time. Long before the Congress Queen Crowning- she walked up an introduced herself at the booth, Hannelore Orkis. I was stunned and a little shocked! It was such an honor to meet another SC queen- and to have her want to meet ME! We took a photo together and she told me all her secrets of how she was 1st runner up the year she ran. "The test is the key.." she starts "I would read the AQH Journal every month, it had all the good information in the back pages." I smiled to myself wondering how different this year is from then. We exchanged business cards and I gave her my autograph card. Hannelore made me promise to call her if I was 1st runner up- or however I placed to let her know how I had done.
Later, as you know, I won! And I did call her. (before calling my own grandparents! SORRY!) She couldn't belive it was me on the phone and we promised to email throughout the year.
WELL--- back story over! I got an email from her with some old photos and I am just in awe! She is so beautiful and WOW have times changed... So my deadended road for SCQHA history is back on again! Hannelore is donating the crown she wore in 1978 back to the association and I am SO honored to have it in my possesion. It should be here soon and I can't wait to show you some photos.
I have made a plan with OQHA to go to their headquarters and find more SCQHA past queens in their program archives.
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.