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Memorial Day/Stanford Happening

The Arkansas Quarter Horse Association’s Memorial Day circuit and Stanford Happening was renamed the “Keep Your Distance” circuit and was moved to Kay Rogers Park in Fort Smith, Arkansas with only 3 weeks left to plan it after Arkansas’ governor lifted some restrictions for large outdoor venues.  A COVID-19 Action Plan was drafted and approved by the ArQHA board of directions via email.  The plan was based on the most recent guidance from federal, state, and other public health officials and set in motion requirements and recommendations to minimize the risk of infection to organizers and participants. The restrictions reinforced good hygiene and social distancing practices, as well as minimizing the contact between show staff and exhibitors with online entries and texting of scratches/adds.  Patterns were only available online and results and score sheets were only shared through electronic means to mitigate the risk of virus spread by the manual transfer of paper.  Payouts will be mailed within 2 weeks of the show conclusion.

There were great numbers in the trail with a total of over 30 both days in Level 3 and Level 2 combined. There were also over 15 in L1 Trail, Amateur Ranch Riding, Senior Western Pleasure, and Level 1 Ranch Riding. Despite a few rain showers, the weekend had mild weather and some sun.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the venue with the open-air arena and covered warm-up areas.

Stanford results

Level 1 Walk Trot 11 & Over
Champion – Babby Got Batt with Jennifer Jackson ($162, buckle, and neck ribbon)
Reserve (tie) – Unbelievably Lazy with Cindy Ferguson ($66 and buckle)
Reserve (tie) – HP Double Investment with Bryce Sossamon ($66 and buckle)
Reserve (tie) – Im So Gorgeous with Katelin Schramm ($66 and buckle)

Level 1 Non-Pro Western Pleasure
Champion – Good Cuz Im Lazy with Madison Renfro ($360, buckle, and neck ribbon)
Reserve – MWS Flashn My Jacks with Amanda Ready ($216 and buckle)
Third – Unbelievably Lazy with Cindy Ferguson ($144)
Fourth – Catcha Good Chip with Amanda Childers ($80)

Open Ranch Riding
Champion – A Busy Affair with Bob Johnson ($428 and buckle)
Reserve and Highest Placing Non-Pro – Suddenlyoutoftheblue with Julie Crossland ($257 and buckles)
Third – Buck Roo with Abby Lewis
Fourth – Super Diva Ziva with Dr. Beth Evans $95

Youth Western Pleasure
Champion – Spencer Hardin with KM Nothin Better
Reserve – Sidney Dunham with Huntin for Rhythm

Amateur Western Pleasure
Champion – Kay Hardin with KM Nothin Better
Reserve – Whitney Ward with Kissin Dynamite

Select Western Pleasure
Champion – Steve Niblett with Good Miss Sudden
Reserve – Claudia Peeler with Cookin It Up Hot

L1 Youth Ranch Riding
Champion – Meghan Renfro with Du The Step
Reserve – Sophie Palmer with Lu Stop

L1 Amateur Ranch Riding
Champion – Julie Crossland with Suddenlyoutoftheblue
Reserve – Tangie Denzer with Chocolate Chexed

Blind Horsemanship Challenge
Champion – A Radical Bonus with Shelby Layne Ridgway ($1,510 and neck ribbon)

4D Trail Jackpot
1D
Champion (tie) – This is Why Im Here with Nancy Alto-Renfro (L3) $187.43
Champion (tie) – Snap Krackle Pop with Kendra Weis (L3) $187.43
Third – Cadillac In Black with Kyla Jackson (Yth) $107.10
Fourth – Lazy Bonez with Nancy Alto-Renfro (L1) $53.55

2D
Champion – Lazy Bonez with Nancy Alto-Renfro (L2) $183.60
Reserve – Lazy Looker with Brian Brady (Am) $137.70
Third – Protect Me Honey with Kendra Weis (L3) $91.80
Fourth (tie) – Zip Along Home with Meghan Renfro (L1 Y) $11.48
Fourth (tie) – Our Sleepy Valentine with Kyle Simmons (L2) $11.48
Fourth (tie) – Our Sleepy Valentine with Kyle Simmons (L3) $11.48
Fourth (tie) – Huntin For Rhythm with Sidney Kay Dunham (L3) $11.48

3D
Champion – Romance N Moonlight with Tim Wildes  (L1) $122.40
Reserve (tie) – Zip Along Home with Meghan Renfro (Yth) $45.90
Reserve (tie) – Suddenly Shez Lazy with Tim Wildes (L2) $45.90
Reserve (tie) – Suddenly Shez Lazy with Tim Wildes (L3) $45.90
Reserve (tie) – Zip Along Home with Meghan Renfro (L3) $45.90

4D
Champion – Cierras Beauty Sleep with Reba Byrd (L1 Am) $91.80
Reserve – SST Billy Ray with Travis Duit (L1) $68.85
Third – Im Just Kinda Lazy with Sam Faulkner (L1 Yth) $45.90
Fourth – Cierras Beauty Sleep with Reba Byrd (Am) $22.95

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