Fianlly! I am home from Tulsa, Oklahoma and my first event of the 2017 season as the Congress Queen. This was a special show for me, and I got the question a lot while I was out in Oklahoma "Sooo, why are you here??" This is a bit of a story I told the folks that asked me and I'm sure some of you are wondering as well--- I have wanted to go to the Tulsa Holiday Circuit, hosted by the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, since last year. Some of you may know that I ran for Queen two years in a row, and in 2016 my family was at a big race across the parking lot from the THC. I found it by accident when we were unloading cars and I saw a horse trailer pull up next door. NATURALLY, I had to go see what was up and I found the show!
So, just getting into the swing of studying the AQHA Rule Book I bought a bunch of note cards and made note cards while the events were going on. Roping while the Roping was happening, Halter when the Halter was going, etc. I learned and retained so much from studying this way- the THC became a big part of my road to Queen. The good people of OkQHA had no idea that they had made this impact on me and I made the promise to myself that next year (this year) I would be back to show (while my family is racing next door since we were hauling all the way out to OK anyway!) or I would come as the Congress Queen and tell OkQHA my story.
While the THC is not a normal show the Congress Queen normally goes to, it was still a total blast! I got to meet two of the cutest twins in the whole world Rena and Regan. We handed out awards for Halter classes Grand and Reserves along with some super cute, PINK for the girls, circuit champion jackets. Show manager Cara was faced with some hard situations, like a break in and someone stealing awards, but she was totally in control and posied. (Maybe a future Oklahoma Queen mom?!)
I can't thank the good people of Oklahoma Quarter Horse enough for having me and letting me represent at their show!
Hopefully we will see an Oklahoma Queen at Congress this year!!!
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.