On the 6th August David, Sarah and Olivia made the long journey with a trailer full of horses to the European Championship of American Quarter Horses. This show is based in Kreuth, South-East Germany and takes the team around 18 hours to drive there.
White Faced N Blazin Top left.
Sweet Lovin Jay Top right
Jays Candy Chic Bottom left.
Jewel of Jay Bottom right
This year they took White Faced N Blazin, a 2012 gelding by Blazin Chic Olena and out of Miss Star N Snipps for the senior ranch riding class, shown by Olivia. They also took 3 2015 mares for the junior ranch riding who are all by Jays Smokin Story. Jays Candy Chic shown by Sarah and out of One Easy Chic, who most of you who come for lessons know as Chic Mare. Jewel of Jay was shown by David Deptford and is out of Snippanenglands Rose, and Sweet Lovin Jay was shown by Olivia and is also out of Miss Star N Snipps.
The show lasts 10 days and the team arrived 2 days before, giving their horses and themselves plenty of time to settle into the surroundings and rest after the long journey before starting to train for the classes. The horses all settled in well in their barn and enjoyed a good roll and leg stretch in the lovely spacious round-pens after the journey.
The competition started off with Sarah in the Level 1 Green Ranch Riding on Wednesday 14th August showing her 4-year-old mare, Jays Candy Chic (Candy). She did very well in a big class getting great placings under all 3 judges. Next to show, on Friday 16th, was Olivia on White Faced N Blazin (Red) in the Open Versatility Ranch Horse, Ranch Riding Class where she placed 1st under two judges and 2nd under the third judge, taking the VRH Ranch Riding circuit award.
On the morning of Saturday 17th all 3 had smashing runs in the Junior Ranch Riding getting them through to the finals. David and Jewel of Jay (Jewel) achieved the highest junior ranch horse score of the show and placed 1st under 2/5 judges making him the leader of a very strong go-around class heading into the finals. Sarah and Olivia also had some fantastic placings and scores in the Junior go-around securing their places in the finals.
On Saturday afternoon Olivia showed White Faced N Blazin in a very competitive Senior Ranch Riding Class picking up fantastic placings and qualified for the finals in overall second place. Sunday 18th was the finals day and what a day it was. First class was the Junior Ranch Riding Finals with David placing 8th, Olivia in 7th and Sarah taking the SILVER MEDAL! Sarah and Jays Candy Chic had an incredible run winning them the title of Reserve European Champion Junior Ranch Riding.
One class and an extremely quick change of clothing/horse later it was time for the Senior Ranch Riding finals for Olivia and Red. They had a fantastic run but was it enough for the top 3 placings? The countdown through the placings to the medal positions seemed like a lifetime. Not only were they in the top 3, they had scored 237.5 putting them in Gold medal position earning the title of European Champion Senior Ranch Riding.
Everyone had a fantastic show and we couldn’t be prouder of our horses who are bred, trained and shown by ourselves to such a high standard, not something many can say. Congratulations to Team SQH.
Above is Olivia and White Faced N Blazin with there VRH Circuit Champion award