As many of you know the 2016 SCQHA Queen, Amy Brown, has a special place in her heart for the NC4K Non-Profit Organization which helps raise money for families of children with cancer. With September being National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Amy and I decided to team up and do a fundraiser for this outstanding organization. We decided that if we could receive a $25 donation for each day of the month that we would wear our Lagrange Leather Childhood Cancer Awareness Boots everyday of the month! About half way through our goal we received that amazing news that whatever amount that we raised would be met by Brown and Miller Racing Solutions. Thanks to MANY of our friends and family members, Amy and I were able to raise $2,900 dollars for NC4K. I wore my boots to class everyday, to the mall, to queen in, and even wore them in my horsemanship class at the Tarheel Fall Classic! They are definitely broke in well now! Thanks a million to everyone that made a contribution for this fundraiser!
On Thursday August 10th, my trainer and I look off on the road to Oklahoma for the 2017 National Snaffle Bit Association World Show. It took us a good 19 hours to make the trip and boy was I ready to get there. We had a few days to prepare before we started showing on Tuesday! We had several really good goes against the best horses in the country and ended up placing 6th in the BCF 4-6 Year Old Color Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle. We even got 3rd under one judge! While we may not have earned a World Championship at this show, my 6th place placing meant so much to me and showed me that all of our hard had work paid off. I absolutely LOVED the atmosphere of this show and the Tulsa Expo Center is to die for. I was also able to celebrate my birthday while in this amazing city with some of my closest friends by going to the PBR up there! It was the best birthday I've had.
Now that I'm back home it's time to crack down on studying and practicing horsemanship! There is only 49 days until the Congress Queen Crowning takes place and I CANNOT wait! You are all welcome to come up with a question from the rule book to quiz me on, just post it in the comments below! ALSO!!! Don't forget to purchase your freestyle reining tickets if you haven't already because the crowning will be during the intermission of this event! I hope all of ya'll can make it!
After MANY late nights and lots of coffee, I am happy to say that my All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen Application has been SUBMITTED!!! Now there are only 73 days before the Congress Queen Crowning, which is held on October 14, 2017 during the Freestyle Reining. If you would like to attend the crowning please be sure to visit the AQHA Congress website and purchase your ticket ASAP.
Now its crunch time to study my rule-book, rehearse interview questions, and to practice horsemanship patterns!
Last week I received the privilege of being able to go show at the Palomino World Championship Show! The show was held in Tunica, Mississippi. This was my first time competing at a World Show, so of course I was slightly nervous. The first class that Dillon and I went in was the Novice Amateur Hunter Under Saddle. We had a decent ride, but I knew that we had better in us. Under the first judge we received 2nd place and under the next three we received 1st. I was in shock and tears began to fill my eyes when we walked up to receive our trophy and neck ribbon. All of our long hours practicing and hard work had paid off.
The next class we went in was the Open Hunter In Hand. I was the youngest person competing in this class and Dillon and I came out with a forth place. Next, we went in the Amateur Hunter In Hand where we came out with a Reserve World Title! I was extremely happy with our performance in this class. After the Hunter In Hand classes, we began preparing for the Amateur Hunter Under Saddle. We didn't enter the arena until 10pm (11pm EST.) We gave that class our all and received a clean sweep under all four judges! 2 time World Champions! The last class we went in was the Novice Amateur Showmanship. This was a deep class and we received 4th in it as well.
The atmosphere of this show was outstanding. I was able to meet many wonderful new people and gain many new friends because of it. I also received a new sponsor while in Tunica! I would like to welcome Brinks Hattery to the family! I cannot thank Rebekah and Kevin enough, and I can't wait to wear my new hat at Congress in the Queen's Horsemanship! A Kimes Ranch representative was also at this show and took a live video of our Novice HUS class and then did a interview with me afterwards. The interview can be viewed by clicking the button below. Thank you so much Courtney!
I leave Thursday August 10th to head to Tulsa, OK for the NSBA World Show! I have heard nothing but goods things about this show and I am so ready to be there. Be sure to watch Dillon and myself from the live feed! Once again, thank you everyone for your support; I could not do any of this without you all!
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!
After this year of fundraising with my Gold Ribbon Show, the Lagrange Leather boot auction, and the Jack it up Designs head auction, I’m just short of my $10,000 goal! I’m brain storming some ideas to raise the last bit of money and trying not to get discouraged. I feel like this is what my year was meant to be for. Raise awareness for people who really need help.
For anyone who wants to donate here is the link!
Sunday, day 1 of The 13th annual Little Futurity started strongly with added money trail classes! I didn’t arrive to the show until day 2 of the show where the day started off with the novice youth western pleasure.
I had the privilege of working with two wonderful ladies doing the awards, Hannah and her grandmother. Hannah and I became fast friends and clicked right away. I love the way you can still meet new people in your home state. You can stay connected and actually see them again!
The evenings of The Little Futurity contained watching and presenting awards to the two added money slot classes and each had a bunch of entries!
Another favorite from this show is the Heart of Stone Class held on Tuesday afternoon. The class is a fundraiser and all entry fees are donated to the Heart of Stone Foundation. The parents (Holt and Shane) of Stone started the foundation and have been members of SCQHA as long as I can remember so this class was really special to see for the third year in a row.
Cheyenne Reams let her dad Steve ride her horse in the class but decided that she ALSO wanted to ride in the class too! SO she hopped aboard her trusty steed Kaitlyn Smith and rode in the class!! These two girlies went the WHOLE class piggy back style and walk-jog-loped in both directions! It was SO cute and fun! All judges named them unanimous champions and I had the honor of placing the neck ribbon around their necks!
Being only 4 months away from giving up my Congress Queen title, and seeing all my home town people at this show gave me the thought of finishing my queen scrapbook. Made in the USA and at home is Sandy Forks Custom Creations! Robin and Curtis started leather and wood working last year and have done some incredibly beautiful pieces! So I asked them to take on the task of covering my scrapbook. Robin has some amazing ideas and I can't wait to see them finished! They also hung my ad design by Wavelength designs front and center of their displays in their traveling office. Thank you so much Robin and Curtis!
Another one of my favorite people came to the show to take photos for a client showing and I got to catch up with her! Amanda of Southern Horse Photography, has done most of the photography for my ads and some fun stuff along the way! I can't thank her enough for all she has done for me and I don't know what I will ever do to repay her.
All in all, it was an extremely fun two days (and the weather wasn’t too hot!!) I can’t thank Gail and Larry enough for having me at the show and decking me out with all the Little Futurity garb! I can’t wait to be back home and to see them all again soon!
Second auction for NC4K! My head went for $250 after a week long auction. I was hoping for a bit more but any little bit helps! This brings me to about $8800 and $250 closer to my $10,000 goal!
Oklahoma City, OK
I drove out on Wednesday to make it out to the Red Bud Spectacular! Which was recommended to go to by my Queen Mum. I spent the afternoon I arrived exploring a little bit around town and went to a place called Pinkitzle! The whole store was pink and glittery! I lovedddd being in the place and spent almost an hour shopping around. After getting a cupcake for myself, I ordered a whole dozen and brought them into the horse show with me the following morning.
At the Red Bud I ran into some old friends: Bob Kail who was judging and I scribed for back at the Sun Circuit in March, Monica who is the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth leader and I met back at the Central Novice Championship show, along with several of the office staff from the West Level 1 Championships and Tulsa Holiday Circuit.
Taking a pause for a moment, I want to say how proud I am of the OQHYA. They work so hard and do so much to fundraise for their Association. I loved chatting with them and I spent most of my free time sitting with them selling t-shirts and ice!
The Red Bud boasts massive classes and rightly so- at 11 days long, over 30 horses in the Amateur Horsemanship is amazing and upwards of 30 horses in cattle and roping classes rightly landed them 2nd in the list of the top 10 Quarter Horse shows posted February 10, 2017 by The Equine Chronicle.
Saturday night was a special event for me at the Remington Horse Park, Rein in Cancer hosted a dinner event at the last Quarter Horse Race of the season with a live and silent auction. Over $30,000 was raised in total and I was so honored to be a part of this event.
My first facebook auction, all proceeds going to NC4K, didn’t go as well as I had hoped. (not going to lie) Lagrange Leather was kind enough to donate a pair of amazing Childhood Cancer Awareness boots, and I wasn’t sure how to raise the money they warrant. I decided on the auction feeling like a raffle wouldn’t go as well. But I am not so sure now! Although, I am $300 closer to my $10,000 goal and I’m ready for my next one!
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.