By: Brittany Bevis
The SOQHYA Challenge recently took place February 25-27 in Springfield, Ohio. Judges for the show were Brad Jewett, Jeff Greaves, and Chris Thompson. There was a fun Exhibitors Party on Friday, and bagels and doughnuts were served throughout the weekend.
Following in the theme of celebrating youth exhibitors, there were plenty of fun events on the schedule, like the Youth Boot Race on Friday, Youth Ride A Buck on Saturday, and Youth Sack Race on Sunday. In addition, every new exhibitor was given a gift. The highlight of the show was the Youth Scholarship Challenge, which was open to all youth exhibitors for no cost. The format allowed for one horse and one rider combination to declare three performance classes and one halter class to count for points.
The L1 Youth Walk Trot was a new division this year bringing the total money awarded to a whopping $11,000! Since the Scholarship Challenge started in 2013, over $80,000 has been awarded to youth exhibitors, thanks to generous sponsors.
Congratulations goes to the Youth Challenge winners!
The Small Fry Champion was Starched Rockies and Gwen Toth. Reserve was Image Of You and Marley Tincher. The L1 Youth Walk Trot Champion was Hes A Lazy Lover and Anna Webb. Reserve was Interesting Lady and Meghan Kaser. The L1 Youth Champion was KM Vested In Bo and Abbey Zawisza. Reserve was Dontkissthismachine and Serrin Whitt.
The 13 & under Champion was KM Genuinely Best and Emma Gore. Reserve was Chips Favorite Invit and Lauren Hoover. The 14-18 Champion was Too Blazin Cool and Alexia Tordoff. Reserve was If It Aint Southern and Bella D’Onofrio. The Second Chance Champion was Its A Southern Dream and Chase Summerville.Reserve was Sleepnmarriedwhoknew and Tianna Cooper.
Congratulations also goes to the High Point winners for the entire show. The Small Fry High Point was The Roan Show and Molly Mullady. The L1 Amateur WT winner was Hidden Agenda and Jackie Davis. The L1 Youth WT winner was The Roan Show and Molly Mullady. The Open winner was Lopen Assets for Martha Fabry. The L1 Open winner was Rockin In My Sleep for Emma Brown.
The L1 Amateur winner was Sophisticated Maid and Lori Bowers. The Amateur winner was Check Required and Rebecca Figueroa. The Select winner was Check This Machine and Kim Best. The L1 Youth winner was Playin It Cool and Kaylee Olds. The 13 & Under winner was Man Im Sassy and Isabella Hamilton. The 14- 18 winner was Im N Outsider and Violet Shetler.
Another popular incentive was that the flat rate of $225 per horse included two FREE arena images from Ryan Geiger Photography. Thanks to Ryan for sharing some great candid photos from the show! Scroll below to view more.
Click here to view results, courtesy of An Equine Production.
Click here to view scribe sheets.