2017 brings new experiences for OQHA Queen Kelsey Dorka

Posted: July 4th, 2017

I am pleased to report to the OQHA membership that my reign as the 2017 OQHA Queen has been full of exciting news, events and shows. I have been preoccupied with my appearances ranging from Equine Affaire and the Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA) Nationals, to the All-American Youth Horse Show and the SOQHA Madness. I have met countless remarkable individuals involved in our industry who continue to surpass the expectations of exhibitors, trainers and AQHA enthusiasts. It is simply amazing to see many members come together in celebration of their love and passion for the American Quarter Horse.

The Equine Affaire has always been a great convention for equestrians to shop and enjoy demonstrations of many breeds and styles of riding. The very first YEDA National Championship show was a huge success, and I was honored to have been involved. The All-American Youth Horse Show has always been an exciting show to attend with plenty to do in-between classes. The SOQHA Madness was a five-star show with huge numbers, great vendor turnout and a vast array of exhibitor parties and prizes.

The OQHA All-Breed Trail Ride and Challenge turned out to be a relaxing and sunny weekend with a large number of participants. To my excitement, Angela provided me with a horse, Roscoe, to try the trail challenge myself. The ox-roast dinner was a delightful wrap-up for the day just prior to the awards ceremony.

This past spring has certainly brought me many new experiences, taken me to new places, and introduced me to new people as the OQHA Queen. I hope to continue to meet many more OQHA members throughout the summer at shows and events. I am particularly looking forward to the Little Buckeye and the Buckeye Classic horse shows, both of which are being hosted by our very own Ohio Amateurs. Please do not forget to continue to follow my events this year on Facebook and Instagram!