OQHA Queen Blog
Equine Affaire – Columbus, OH
Founded in Ohio in 1993, Equine Affaire, Inc. continues to achieve their goal of hosting an educational-oriented horsemen’s exposition where equine enthusiasts representing all breeds and disciplines could come together to celebrate their love and passion for horses. This year was no different as sizeable crowds gathered to watch seminars, participate in demonstrations and shop with the vast number of vendors. I had the opportunity to meet with several young horse queen enthusiasts, and talk about the quarter horse breed. I was joined by Miss Amy Brown, the 2016 Quarter Horse Congress Queen and Miss Rodeo Ohio, Carly Kidner. They too enjoyed interacting with the young horse enthusiasts and speaking about the organizations they represent. We were also able to participate in a video interview with Dr. Karen Bump, and will be featured on the Mobile App, “Equine Academics”. While my visit to Equine Affaire was short and sweet, I am looking forward to the many trips I will make back to Columbus, Ohio.
YEDA National Championship Show – Eden Park Equestrian Complex, OH
Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc (YEDA) is a program that encourages development of riders’ skills, emphasizes exposure to scholarship opportunities, and encourages making connections with college programs. Their mission is to provide an equestrian riding program for youth students, via both instructional and experiential learning opportunities. I was greeted upon my arrival by some of the founders of this association, and was quickly put to work organizing awards, taking pictures, and visiting with the youth competitors.
I was joined by Miss Alexis Taylor, the 2017 Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association Queen. We loved every minute of cheering on the competitors and taking win photos with every class. We presented awards for each division through sixth place, scholarships provided by Lake Erie College and Horse of the Day. Saturday night I was invited to the exhibitor’s dinner party where I gave a short speech about my background, involvement within the equine industry, and how I was able to balance furthering my education along with my queen duties. At the conclusion of the show on Sunday, Alexis and I presented the Junior and Senior High School Team awards and congratulated each team that earned top honors.
I must say that I was thoroughly impressed when I learned that this was the organization’s first year in existence, and I was attending their very first National Horse Show. The founders were extremely friendly and accommodating to exhibitors and parents throughout the show. I would highly recommend this organization to those interested in becoming involved in an equine scholastic program with infinite opportunities both on and off the horse.