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.
In February 2019, Sarah Beth Felker was crowned the SCQHA Queen. She grew up with a love of riding and 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, Hunt Seat, and Dressage 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.