Arabian horse Regionals, like summer holidays, begin early in the year with the first ones arriving in April and May … like Easter and Memorial Day. But the truth is that some of the best come a little bit later, like the Fourth of July and the East Coast’s fabulous Region 15 Championships – a Star-Spangled Salute to the Arabian Horse! Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania make up Region 15, a group known for its welcoming demeanor and great attitude. This year the show will be held July 1st through the 5th, at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA, one of the most beautiful, horse and nature-friendly facilities anywhere in the United States. Visitors to the Center enjoy the charming, near-by town of Lexington, with its Colonial character, antiques and boutiques. The horse show staff decorates the facility … Patrons Lounge, Center Ring and area … with “red, white and blue” gusto. Traditionally, over the Fourth of July, exhibitors climb a little nearby hill with blankets and drinks to celebrate the holiday watching fireworks with family and friends.
The five active days kick-off with a Sport Horse Clinic, Tuesday, June 30th, featuring Sport Horse in-hand, under saddle and Dressage, and sponsored by Markel Insurance. Markel Insurance is located in Region 15 and graciously brings a lot to its home show each year. On Wednesday is the Markel Firecracker Classic, a one-day, ambitious pre-show that closes Wednesday evening with a complimentary exhibitor’s dinner. Region 15 is one of just three Regions in the United States that offers the Markel Insurance Youth Scholarships for Arabian and Half-Arabian exhibitors age 14 to 18. Finally, Markel is also the generous source of morning pastries and coffee throughout the show, much appreciated by show staff and exhibitors alike.
The Region 15 show officially starts on Thursday, July 2nd and runs through Sunday, July 5th. Friday evening is the famous Region 15 Progressive Barn Party. The exhibitors really go all out for this and take pride in offering a variety of delicious pot luck offerings, including Chinese food, Pizza, Bar Be Que, hot dogs, burgers and even Italian! Throughout the show, exhibitors are treated to cash giveaways at every session and other prizes as well!
Markel Firecracker Classic judges are Jack Birkhimer and Peter Hansen, while the Region 15 judges include Lori Conway (a 2015 Youth National’s judge), Shannon Armstrong (a 2015 U.S. National’s judge), David Mikosz, Peter Hansen, Debbie Rodriquez and Lisa Hammerschmidt. Added show classes this year include Leveling Classes, featuring Country English Pleasure Elite, Choice and Select, as well as Working Western and Working Hunter over lower fences.
Ready to sign up?? There’s still time to be a Patron at Region 15! Along with priority stabling and a myriad of benefits to being a Patron, Region 15 is offering this elite group, complimentary rotating banner ads on the live stream/broadcast of the show! For Patron information contact Andrea Orr at Eujaamo@gmail.com.
After all this, if you still can’t make it to the show, you can watch the fun (and envy those having it) on www.ArabianHorseGlobal.com where the broadcast will bring you all the Region 15 Championship classes!
ENTRIES CLOSE Monday, June 1st (post entries accepted). See the show premium and detailed information at http://www.region15aha.com or call Show Secretary, Marilyn Norton at (715) 514-5478.