2018 Awards Banquet In the Books
The 2018 Ohio Quarter Horse Awards Banquet held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus was bigger than ever! The banquet room was packed with more than 460 in attendance and awards presented to the 2018 OQHA award winners. OQHA Director and co-host for the night, Justin Billings, kicked off the night by inviting the 2018 Congress Queen, Taylor Foster, to lead the attendees in an invocation before dinner.
The 2018 OQHA President, Chris Cecil Darnell followed the three course meal by reflecting on her year in office and presenting Valerie Sturgeon an appreciation award for her years of service as the OQHYA Advisor. She also presented Kyle Flatter and Candi Fites with President’s Awards.
Dr. Scott Myers, OQHA CEO, surprised Chris Cecil Darnell with an appreciation award for her five years of service as OQHA President.
The 2018 OQHYA President, Olivia Tordoff gave a message on the OQHYA accomplishments and presented Alexia Tordoff with the 2018 OQHYA Sportsmanship Award.
Fred Borer, the 2018 OAQHA President, spoke on the OAQHA’s many accomplishments in the past year and presented Scott Nemeth, Cris Martin, and Dawn Martin with President’s Awards.
The 2018 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen, Taylor Foster crowned the 2019 OQHA Queen, Alexis Taylor.
Taylor Foster then joined Justin Billings on stage to present the 2018 year-end awards to more than 240 OQHA exhibitors/members.
The evening concluded with music and dancing in celebration.
2018 HORSE OF THE YEAR
1. Some Hot Potential | Emma Brown | Zanesville, OH | 1020
2. My Only Good Shoes | Emma Gore | Croton, OH | 314
2018 HALTER HORSE OF THE YEAR
1. Fearles Defiance | Casey Demott | Gillsville, GA | 307
2. Some Hot Potential | Emma Brown | Zanesville, OH | 216
2018 GREEN HORSE OF THE YEAR
1. Betcha Im Dreamin | Regina K Lykins | Batavia, OH | 887
2. Hil Have A Taco | Loretta S Grossnickle | Cedar, MI | 745
2018 AMATEUR OF THE YEAR
1. Version Of Goodbar | Sarah Lebsock | Hilliard, OH | 2642
2. Baileys N Chocolate | Jordan R Ferguson | Tipp City, OH | 1167
3. Really Sudden | Kelly A Rauschenbach | Canfield, OH | 983
4. Party In The Clouds | Kaitlin Riker | Gahanna, OH | 829
5. Counts Iron Knight | Grace Tachikawa | Columbus, OH | 515
6. Loping For Assets | Matthew Hickman | Dublin, OH | 464
2018 AMATEUR SELECT OF THE YEAR
1. Only In My Levis | Terri Bloom Tisch | Marysville, OH | 913
2. Check This Machine | Kimberly A Best | Salem, OH | 772
2018 HIGH POINT L1 AMATEUR
1. The Master Of Deskys | Stacey M Hibbert | Thornville, OH | 1779
2. Counts Iron Knight | Grace Tachikawa | Columbus, OH | 1663
2018 ALL AROUND YOUTH 13 & UNDER
1. Nearly Chocolate | Isabella Marie D’Onofrio | Columbus, OH | 1656
2. Lonesome At The Bar | Addison Nalle-Icenhour | Jeromesville, OH | 1051
2018 ALL AROUND YOUTH 14-18
1. Zips Bossy Chip | Ellexxah Ireland Maxwell | W Mansfield, OH | 2717
2. Some Hot Potential | Emma Brown | Zanesville, OH | 2133
2018 HIGH POINT L1 YOUTH
1. Lonesome At The Bar | Addison Nalle-Icenhour | Jeromesville, OH | 1202
2. Code Complete | Jessica Ann Copeland| Casstown, OH | 824
2018 ALL AROUND SMALL FRY
1. Consider Him Sheik | Adeline P Gabor | Madison, OH | 1979
2. Magic Like This | Emily M Craft | Tipp City, OH | 1968