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2010 AQHA Region 2 Championship results

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‘Experience the championship!’ Those words welcomed the 2010 AQHA Region 2 Championship show to the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City on Sept. 23-26, 2010. Approximately 1,000 entries competed over the four-day event held in the James Kjerstad Event Center and Grandstand arenas.

The Region 2 Championship is comprised of AQHA Affiliates from the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and states of Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Each affiliate is represented on the all-volunteer Steering Committee with two representatives and are assisted during the planning stages and show by a dedicated group of sub-committee members. Scott Neuman, from the Montana Affiliate, served as the 2010 AQHA Affiliate Council Representative and he was joined by Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer Debbi Holmes and Vice-Chairman Josephine Waldner both from South Dakota. R2C Representatives were: Alberta: Steve Schiestel and Kathie MacKenzie; Saskatchewan: Kim McMillan and Sandy Hebig; Montana: Ruth McDonald-Gates and Rita Church; Nebraska: Tammy Merritt and Mary Roes; North Dakota: Todd Iszler and Lori Froemke; South Dakota: Debbi Holmes and Josephine Waldner; and Wyoming: John Sedgwick and Brent Knotts.

By utilizing two arenas, the contestants were kept busy with their tight schedules of events as a large majority was competing for the coveted All-Around Championship Saddles. Rain on Wednesday evening forced the barrel racing and pole bending back into the indoor facility following the cattle classes on the first day but resumed their outdoor schedules again on Friday with beautiful early fall weather in the Black Hills.

AQHA Team Wrangler Clinics were once again presented this year as a free training tool for anyone interested and showcased leading trainers Leslie Lange, Greeley, CO and Tommy Sheets from New Albany, IN.

Lange, a member of Team 20X, presented her clinic on Thursday afternoon in the Bray arena with emphasis on Trail and Western Riding. “I really enjoy meeting new people and Team Wrangler provides me with the perfect avenue to travel to new shows and experience all the camaraderie that follows,” according to Lange.

Sheets clinic, held late in the evening after the show on Friday, also drew a large enthusiastic crowd with his presentation on Western Horsemanship and Showmanship. A Team Cowboy Cut member, he added, “You can do just about anything on top of an American Quarter Horse. I am continuously amazed at how willing our show horses are to learn something new one minute, then enjoy a relaxing trail ride the next.”

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Professional Horsemen Clinics were also presented throughout the show at the event center conducted by Joani Kissock, Butte, MT; Lee Ann DeMars, Laurel, MT; Janet Newton, Glasgow, MT; and Dallas Schmidt, Cooperstown, ND.

Judging the 140 classes offered this year were Bobby Harrison, Darrel Bilke, Lisa Krohn, Chris Jeter, Lisa Moden and David Denniston. The All-Around Champions received Nobleman Saddles by Tex Tan and each class winner was presented with Montana Silversmith Championship Buckles specifically designed for the show. Reserve champions in each of the Western classes received a Professional’s Choice saddle pad with the English classes winning an English style pad. Third place was a Weathabeeta Blanket with awards being presented through tenth place. Special awards were offered in the Small Fry Division classes and included a Bronze Quarter Horse Trophy to the All-Around.

All-Around Champions were announced at the conclusion of 2010 Region 2 Championship on Sunday with presentation of their saddles in the arena as points were finalized per division. After a phenomenal show competing in multiple divisions, the talented bay gelding Chex Is The Choice captured three of the All-Around Saddles – Open Division being ridden by Joey Bennett from Elizabeth, CO, and the Novice Youth and Youth Saddles with owner/rider Elizabeth Niewojna from Wilsall, MT. Novice Amateur All-Around was Shelby Timperley, Norfolk, NE, and Quincys Strike Three with Shannon Keller from Lexington, NE capturing the Amateur All-Around Division on Ellies Sweet Chip with 7 individual class wins. Janis Greenland, Hastings, NE, showed Im Dee Other Chip to a repeat All-Around in the Amateur Select Division and Kaycee Szymanski, Sturgis, South Dakota, was named the Small Fry All-Around in a strongly contested division on Chips Bandana.

‘Experience the championship!’ Those words welcomed the 2010 AQHA Region 2 Championship show to the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City on Sept. 23-26, 2010. Approximately 1,000 entries competed over the four-day event held in the James Kjerstad Event Center and Grandstand arenas.

The Region 2 Championship is comprised of AQHA Affiliates from the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and states of Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Each affiliate is represented on the all-volunteer Steering Committee with two representatives and are assisted during the planning stages and show by a dedicated group of sub-committee members. Scott Neuman, from the Montana Affiliate, served as the 2010 AQHA Affiliate Council Representative and he was joined by Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer Debbi Holmes and Vice-Chairman Josephine Waldner both from South Dakota. R2C Representatives were: Alberta: Steve Schiestel and Kathie MacKenzie; Saskatchewan: Kim McMillan and Sandy Hebig; Montana: Ruth McDonald-Gates and Rita Church; Nebraska: Tammy Merritt and Mary Roes; North Dakota: Todd Iszler and Lori Froemke; South Dakota: Debbi Holmes and Josephine Waldner; and Wyoming: John Sedgwick and Brent Knotts.

By utilizing two arenas, the contestants were kept busy with their tight schedules of events as a large majority was competing for the coveted All-Around Championship Saddles. Rain on Wednesday evening forced the barrel racing and pole bending back into the indoor facility following the cattle classes on the first day but resumed their outdoor schedules again on Friday with beautiful early fall weather in the Black Hills.

AQHA Team Wrangler Clinics were once again presented this year as a free training tool for anyone interested and showcased leading trainers Leslie Lange, Greeley, CO and Tommy Sheets from New Albany, IN.

Lange, a member of Team 20X, presented her clinic on Thursday afternoon in the Bray arena with emphasis on Trail and Western Riding. “I really enjoy meeting new people and Team Wrangler provides me with the perfect avenue to travel to new shows and experience all the camaraderie that follows,” according to Lange.

Sheets clinic, held late in the evening after the show on Friday, also drew a large enthusiastic crowd with his presentation on Western Horsemanship and Showmanship. A Team Cowboy Cut member, he added, “You can do just about anything on top of an American Quarter Horse. I am continuously amazed at how willing our show horses are to learn something new one minute, then enjoy a relaxing trail ride the next.”

Professional Horsemen Clinics were also presented throughout the show at the event center conducted by Joani Kissock, Butte, MT; Lee Ann DeMars, Laurel, MT; Janet Newton, Glasgow, MT; and Dallas Schmidt, Cooperstown, ND.

Judging the 140 classes offered this year were Bobby Harrison, Darrel Bilke, Lisa Krohn, Chris Jeter, Lisa Moden and David Denniston. The All-Around Champions received Nobleman Saddles by Tex Tan and each class winner was presented with Montana Silversmith Championship Buckles specifically designed for the show. Reserve champions in each of the Western classes received a Professional’s Choice saddle pad with the English classes winning an English style pad. Third place was a Weathabeeta Blanket with awards being presented through tenth place. Special awards were offered in the Small Fry Division classes and included a Bronze Quarter Horse Trophy to the All-Around.

All-Around Champions were announced at the conclusion of 2010 Region 2 Championship on Sunday with presentation of their saddles in the arena as points were finalized per division. After a phenomenal show competing in multiple divisions, the talented bay gelding Chex Is The Choice captured three of the All-Around Saddles – Open Division being ridden by Joey Bennett from Elizabeth, CO, and the Novice Youth and Youth Saddles with owner/rider Elizabeth Niewojna from Wilsall, MT. Novice Amateur All-Around was Shelby Timperley, Norfolk, NE, and Quincys Strike Three with Shannon Keller from Lexington, NE capturing the Amateur All-Around Division on Ellies Sweet Chip with 7 individual class wins. Janis Greenland, Hastings, NE, showed Im Dee Other Chip to a repeat All-Around in the Amateur Select Division and Kaycee Szymanski, Sturgis, South Dakota, was named the Small Fry All-Around in a strongly contested division on Chips Bandana.

‘Experience the championship!’ Those words welcomed the 2010 AQHA Region 2 Championship show to the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City on Sept. 23-26, 2010. Approximately 1,000 entries competed over the four-day event held in the James Kjerstad Event Center and Grandstand arenas.

The Region 2 Championship is comprised of AQHA Affiliates from the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and states of Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Each affiliate is represented on the all-volunteer Steering Committee with two representatives and are assisted during the planning stages and show by a dedicated group of sub-committee members. Scott Neuman, from the Montana Affiliate, served as the 2010 AQHA Affiliate Council Representative and he was joined by Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer Debbi Holmes and Vice-Chairman Josephine Waldner both from South Dakota. R2C Representatives were: Alberta: Steve Schiestel and Kathie MacKenzie; Saskatchewan: Kim McMillan and Sandy Hebig; Montana: Ruth McDonald-Gates and Rita Church; Nebraska: Tammy Merritt and Mary Roes; North Dakota: Todd Iszler and Lori Froemke; South Dakota: Debbi Holmes and Josephine Waldner; and Wyoming: John Sedgwick and Brent Knotts.

By utilizing two arenas, the contestants were kept busy with their tight schedules of events as a large majority was competing for the coveted All-Around Championship Saddles. Rain on Wednesday evening forced the barrel racing and pole bending back into the indoor facility following the cattle classes on the first day but resumed their outdoor schedules again on Friday with beautiful early fall weather in the Black Hills.

AQHA Team Wrangler Clinics were once again presented this year as a free training tool for anyone interested and showcased leading trainers Leslie Lange, Greeley, CO and Tommy Sheets from New Albany, IN.

Lange, a member of Team 20X, presented her clinic on Thursday afternoon in the Bray arena with emphasis on Trail and Western Riding. “I really enjoy meeting new people and Team Wrangler provides me with the perfect avenue to travel to new shows and experience all the camaraderie that follows,” according to Lange.

Sheets clinic, held late in the evening after the show on Friday, also drew a large enthusiastic crowd with his presentation on Western Horsemanship and Showmanship. A Team Cowboy Cut member, he added, “You can do just about anything on top of an American Quarter Horse. I am continuously amazed at how willing our show horses are to learn something new one minute, then enjoy a relaxing trail ride the next.”

Professional Horsemen Clinics were also presented throughout the show at the event center conducted by Joani Kissock, Butte, MT; Lee Ann DeMars, Laurel, MT; Janet Newton, Glasgow, MT; and Dallas Schmidt, Cooperstown, ND.

Judging the 140 classes offered this year were Bobby Harrison, Darrel Bilke, Lisa Krohn, Chris Jeter, Lisa Moden and David Denniston. The All-Around Champions received Nobleman Saddles by Tex Tan and each class winner was presented with Montana Silversmith Championship Buckles specifically designed for the show. Reserve champions in each of the Western classes received a Professional’s Choice saddle pad with the English classes winning an English style pad. Third place was a Weathabeeta Blanket with awards being presented through tenth place. Special awards were offered in the Small Fry Division classes and included a Bronze Quarter Horse Trophy to the All-Around.

All-Around Champions were announced at the conclusion of 2010 Region 2 Championship on Sunday with presentation of their saddles in the arena as points were finalized per division. After a phenomenal show competing in multiple divisions, the talented bay gelding Chex Is The Choice captured three of the All-Around Saddles – Open Division being ridden by Joey Bennett from Elizabeth, CO, and the Novice Youth and Youth Saddles with owner/rider Elizabeth Niewojna from Wilsall, MT. Novice Amateur All-Around was Shelby Timperley, Norfolk, NE, and Quincys Strike Three with Shannon Keller from Lexington, NE capturing the Amateur All-Around Division on Ellies Sweet Chip with 7 individual class wins. Janis Greenland, Hastings, NE, showed Im Dee Other Chip to a repeat All-Around in the Amateur Select Division and Kaycee Szymanski, Sturgis, South Dakota, was named the Small Fry All-Around in a strongly contested division on Chips Bandana.

‘Experience the championship!’ Those words welcomed the 2010 AQHA Region 2 Championship show to the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City on Sept. 23-26, 2010. Approximately 1,000 entries competed over the four-day event held in the James Kjerstad Event Center and Grandstand arenas.

The Region 2 Championship is comprised of AQHA Affiliates from the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and states of Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Each affiliate is represented on the all-volunteer Steering Committee with two representatives and are assisted during the planning stages and show by a dedicated group of sub-committee members. Scott Neuman, from the Montana Affiliate, served as the 2010 AQHA Affiliate Council Representative and he was joined by Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer Debbi Holmes and Vice-Chairman Josephine Waldner both from South Dakota. R2C Representatives were: Alberta: Steve Schiestel and Kathie MacKenzie; Saskatchewan: Kim McMillan and Sandy Hebig; Montana: Ruth McDonald-Gates and Rita Church; Nebraska: Tammy Merritt and Mary Roes; North Dakota: Todd Iszler and Lori Froemke; South Dakota: Debbi Holmes and Josephine Waldner; and Wyoming: John Sedgwick and Brent Knotts.

By utilizing two arenas, the contestants were kept busy with their tight schedules of events as a large majority was competing for the coveted All-Around Championship Saddles. Rain on Wednesday evening forced the barrel racing and pole bending back into the indoor facility following the cattle classes on the first day but resumed their outdoor schedules again on Friday with beautiful early fall weather in the Black Hills.

AQHA Team Wrangler Clinics were once again presented this year as a free training tool for anyone interested and showcased leading trainers Leslie Lange, Greeley, CO and Tommy Sheets from New Albany, IN.

Lange, a member of Team 20X, presented her clinic on Thursday afternoon in the Bray arena with emphasis on Trail and Western Riding. “I really enjoy meeting new people and Team Wrangler provides me with the perfect avenue to travel to new shows and experience all the camaraderie that follows,” according to Lange.

Sheets clinic, held late in the evening after the show on Friday, also drew a large enthusiastic crowd with his presentation on Western Horsemanship and Showmanship. A Team Cowboy Cut member, he added, “You can do just about anything on top of an American Quarter Horse. I am continuously amazed at how willing our show horses are to learn something new one minute, then enjoy a relaxing trail ride the next.”

Professional Horsemen Clinics were also presented throughout the show at the event center conducted by Joani Kissock, Butte, MT; Lee Ann DeMars, Laurel, MT; Janet Newton, Glasgow, MT; and Dallas Schmidt, Cooperstown, ND.

Judging the 140 classes offered this year were Bobby Harrison, Darrel Bilke, Lisa Krohn, Chris Jeter, Lisa Moden and David Denniston. The All-Around Champions received Nobleman Saddles by Tex Tan and each class winner was presented with Montana Silversmith Championship Buckles specifically designed for the show. Reserve champions in each of the Western classes received a Professional’s Choice saddle pad with the English classes winning an English style pad. Third place was a Weathabeeta Blanket with awards being presented through tenth place. Special awards were offered in the Small Fry Division classes and included a Bronze Quarter Horse Trophy to the All-Around.

All-Around Champions were announced at the conclusion of 2010 Region 2 Championship on Sunday with presentation of their saddles in the arena as points were finalized per division. After a phenomenal show competing in multiple divisions, the talented bay gelding Chex Is The Choice captured three of the All-Around Saddles – Open Division being ridden by Joey Bennett from Elizabeth, CO, and the Novice Youth and Youth Saddles with owner/rider Elizabeth Niewojna from Wilsall, MT. Novice Amateur All-Around was Shelby Timperley, Norfolk, NE, and Quincys Strike Three with Shannon Keller from Lexington, NE capturing the Amateur All-Around Division on Ellies Sweet Chip with 7 individual class wins. Janis Greenland, Hastings, NE, showed Im Dee Other Chip to a repeat All-Around in the Amateur Select Division and Kaycee Szymanski, Sturgis, South Dakota, was named the Small Fry All-Around in a strongly contested division on Chips Bandana.

‘Experience the championship!’ Those words welcomed the 2010 AQHA Region 2 Championship show to the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City on Sept. 23-26, 2010. Approximately 1,000 entries competed over the four-day event held in the James Kjerstad Event Center and Grandstand arenas.

The Region 2 Championship is comprised of AQHA Affiliates from the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and states of Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Each affiliate is represented on the all-volunteer Steering Committee with two representatives and are assisted during the planning stages and show by a dedicated group of sub-committee members. Scott Neuman, from the Montana Affiliate, served as the 2010 AQHA Affiliate Council Representative and he was joined by Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer Debbi Holmes and Vice-Chairman Josephine Waldner both from South Dakota. R2C Representatives were: Alberta: Steve Schiestel and Kathie MacKenzie; Saskatchewan: Kim McMillan and Sandy Hebig; Montana: Ruth McDonald-Gates and Rita Church; Nebraska: Tammy Merritt and Mary Roes; North Dakota: Todd Iszler and Lori Froemke; South Dakota: Debbi Holmes and Josephine Waldner; and Wyoming: John Sedgwick and Brent Knotts.

By utilizing two arenas, the contestants were kept busy with their tight schedules of events as a large majority was competing for the coveted All-Around Championship Saddles. Rain on Wednesday evening forced the barrel racing and pole bending back into the indoor facility following the cattle classes on the first day but resumed their outdoor schedules again on Friday with beautiful early fall weather in the Black Hills.

AQHA Team Wrangler Clinics were once again presented this year as a free training tool for anyone interested and showcased leading trainers Leslie Lange, Greeley, CO and Tommy Sheets from New Albany, IN.

Lange, a member of Team 20X, presented her clinic on Thursday afternoon in the Bray arena with emphasis on Trail and Western Riding. “I really enjoy meeting new people and Team Wrangler provides me with the perfect avenue to travel to new shows and experience all the camaraderie that follows,” according to Lange.

Sheets clinic, held late in the evening after the show on Friday, also drew a large enthusiastic crowd with his presentation on Western Horsemanship and Showmanship. A Team Cowboy Cut member, he added, “You can do just about anything on top of an American Quarter Horse. I am continuously amazed at how willing our show horses are to learn something new one minute, then enjoy a relaxing trail ride the next.”

Professional Horsemen Clinics were also presented throughout the show at the event center conducted by Joani Kissock, Butte, MT; Lee Ann DeMars, Laurel, MT; Janet Newton, Glasgow, MT; and Dallas Schmidt, Cooperstown, ND.

Judging the 140 classes offered this year were Bobby Harrison, Darrel Bilke, Lisa Krohn, Chris Jeter, Lisa Moden and David Denniston. The All-Around Champions received Nobleman Saddles by Tex Tan and each class winner was presented with Montana Silversmith Championship Buckles specifically designed for the show. Reserve champions in each of the Western classes received a Professional’s Choice saddle pad with the English classes winning an English style pad. Third place was a Weathabeeta Blanket with awards being presented through tenth place. Special awards were offered in the Small Fry Division classes and included a Bronze Quarter Horse Trophy to the All-Around.

All-Around Champions were announced at the conclusion of 2010 Region 2 Championship on Sunday with presentation of their saddles in the arena as points were finalized per division. After a phenomenal show competing in multiple divisions, the talented bay gelding Chex Is The Choice captured three of the All-Around Saddles – Open Division being ridden by Joey Bennett from Elizabeth, CO, and the Novice Youth and Youth Saddles with owner/rider Elizabeth Niewojna from Wilsall, MT. Novice Amateur All-Around was Shelby Timperley, Norfolk, NE, and Quincys Strike Three with Shannon Keller from Lexington, NE capturing the Amateur All-Around Division on Ellies Sweet Chip with 7 individual class wins. Janis Greenland, Hastings, NE, showed Im Dee Other Chip to a repeat All-Around in the Amateur Select Division and Kaycee Szymanski, Sturgis, South Dakota, was named the Small Fry All-Around in a strongly contested division on Chips Bandana.

‘Experience the championship!’ Those words welcomed the 2010 AQHA Region 2 Championship show to the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City on Sept. 23-26, 2010. Approximately 1,000 entries competed over the four-day event held in the James Kjerstad Event Center and Grandstand arenas.

The Region 2 Championship is comprised of AQHA Affiliates from the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and states of Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Each affiliate is represented on the all-volunteer Steering Committee with two representatives and are assisted during the planning stages and show by a dedicated group of sub-committee members. Scott Neuman, from the Montana Affiliate, served as the 2010 AQHA Affiliate Council Representative and he was joined by Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer Debbi Holmes and Vice-Chairman Josephine Waldner both from South Dakota. R2C Representatives were: Alberta: Steve Schiestel and Kathie MacKenzie; Saskatchewan: Kim McMillan and Sandy Hebig; Montana: Ruth McDonald-Gates and Rita Church; Nebraska: Tammy Merritt and Mary Roes; North Dakota: Todd Iszler and Lori Froemke; South Dakota: Debbi Holmes and Josephine Waldner; and Wyoming: John Sedgwick and Brent Knotts.

By utilizing two arenas, the contestants were kept busy with their tight schedules of events as a large majority was competing for the coveted All-Around Championship Saddles. Rain on Wednesday evening forced the barrel racing and pole bending back into the indoor facility following the cattle classes on the first day but resumed their outdoor schedules again on Friday with beautiful early fall weather in the Black Hills.

AQHA Team Wrangler Clinics were once again presented this year as a free training tool for anyone interested and showcased leading trainers Leslie Lange, Greeley, CO and Tommy Sheets from New Albany, IN.

Lange, a member of Team 20X, presented her clinic on Thursday afternoon in the Bray arena with emphasis on Trail and Western Riding. “I really enjoy meeting new people and Team Wrangler provides me with the perfect avenue to travel to new shows and experience all the camaraderie that follows,” according to Lange.

Sheets clinic, held late in the evening after the show on Friday, also drew a large enthusiastic crowd with his presentation on Western Horsemanship and Showmanship. A Team Cowboy Cut member, he added, “You can do just about anything on top of an American Quarter Horse. I am continuously amazed at how willing our show horses are to learn something new one minute, then enjoy a relaxing trail ride the next.”

Professional Horsemen Clinics were also presented throughout the show at the event center conducted by Joani Kissock, Butte, MT; Lee Ann DeMars, Laurel, MT; Janet Newton, Glasgow, MT; and Dallas Schmidt, Cooperstown, ND.

Judging the 140 classes offered this year were Bobby Harrison, Darrel Bilke, Lisa Krohn, Chris Jeter, Lisa Moden and David Denniston. The All-Around Champions received Nobleman Saddles by Tex Tan and each class winner was presented with Montana Silversmith Championship Buckles specifically designed for the show. Reserve champions in each of the Western classes received a Professional’s Choice saddle pad with the English classes winning an English style pad. Third place was a Weathabeeta Blanket with awards being presented through tenth place. Special awards were offered in the Small Fry Division classes and included a Bronze Quarter Horse Trophy to the All-Around.

All-Around Champions were announced at the conclusion of 2010 Region 2 Championship on Sunday with presentation of their saddles in the arena as points were finalized per division. After a phenomenal show competing in multiple divisions, the talented bay gelding Chex Is The Choice captured three of the All-Around Saddles – Open Division being ridden by Joey Bennett from Elizabeth, CO, and the Novice Youth and Youth Saddles with owner/rider Elizabeth Niewojna from Wilsall, MT. Novice Amateur All-Around was Shelby Timperley, Norfolk, NE, and Quincys Strike Three with Shannon Keller from Lexington, NE capturing the Amateur All-Around Division on Ellies Sweet Chip with 7 individual class wins. Janis Greenland, Hastings, NE, showed Im Dee Other Chip to a repeat All-Around in the Amateur Select Division and Kaycee Szymanski, Sturgis, South Dakota, was named the Small Fry All-Around in a strongly contested division on Chips Bandana.

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