The CELEBRATION And EMO Western States Championship Shows Break Records.
With Nearly 900 Stalls And Over 17,000 Entries June 27 – July 7, 2019 - South Point Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Celebration Rocks
Congratulations to everyone who competed in the 2019 show! The Western States Affiliates broke attendance records with The Celebration and EMO Western States Championship show growing over 40%. Doug Huls, show manager confirmed we had 17,000+ entries and nearly 900 stalls. Who wouldn’t want to show in Vegas with the fabulous climate controlled South Point Arena in Las Vegas, combined with the spectacular EMO Western States Championship show and the Celebration AQHA show featuring 10 judges, the exhibitors were thrilled with the venue, prizes, classes and fun.
The show began with cowhorse, reining, cutting, ranch horse and speed classes. The numbers were huge! Phillip Ralls and his horse, Call Me Mitch, had a fabulous show.
Phillip said “Three classes, OVER 200 Cow horses entered, ONE AQHA Show, completely QUALIFIED for the AQHA WORLD SHOW! He and Mitch competed in Sr Reining, Sr Cowhorse and Sr Cutting, winning 10 firsts and two seconds. Lots of points, amazing silver awards and the best venue was the overwhelming consensus for this show. It’s what we all heard all week long. Who wouldn’t want to compete inside the climate controlled South Point Arena – where heading to your hotel room requires no driving – just walking down the hall and heading up the elevator!
Between the many great places to eat at the South Point Casino, to the newly remodeled hotel rooms and of course, spending time with fun activities in the Casino (gambling, restaurants, bowling, movies, pool time and so much more!), everyone had a great time after the horse show was over.
The competition was deep in every class, but with Doug Huls as show manager and Chris Frese/Fox Show Services as show secretary, the show went off without a hitch. A special thank you to Chris Hocutt-Senteney and the EMO Agency for sponsoring the EMO Western States Championship portion of the show.
There was lots of rocking and rolling at The Celebration & EMO Western States Championship as the show accommodated larger than expected classes - and even an earthquake one evening. Most exhibitors claim they did not feel the earthquake shaking. It was around 8:00 pm and trail was running, so most exhibitors were focused on riding the tough Don Lehman trail courses! Trail was huge, with 80 in the Sr Trail alone. Here’s what Suzanne Beckman said “Horse show.... check, Earthquake.....check, Amazing dinner with amazing friends...check!! Unforgettable night!!”
Stacy and Troy Dial/Sterling Custom Saddles talked to us about their Celebration sponsorship for the Best of Show High Point Champion Awards (Sterling Custom Headstalls) and Silver Buckles for the 11 & under circuit champions. Stacy and Troy are familiar faces in the breed show arena as they travel to most of the world and championship show venues. Their grand daughter, Lizzie, made her debut in the new Celebration 11 & under classes. Their dedication and commitment to our Quarter Horse industry with their quality saddles and tack make them a must stop when buying the "right" show tack.
When we talked to Stacy about her experiences at The Celebration, she exclaimed "Oh gosh thank you! We love doing it and it was so much fun! What a lo-o-o-ng 2weeks! This is what horse showing is all about. The Celebration & EMO Western States Championship show just came together as all hoped, but the exceptional turn out exceeded all our expectations! I think we had hoped it would be “the show” of the future, but it already is The Show and Kathy’s Show Equipment/Sterling Saddles could not be prouder of being apart of it. I believe all the sponsors feel rewarded when we see numbers like this." Thank you, Stacy & Troy Dial and Kathy’s/Sterling Saddles for being a part of this RECORD BREAKING show!
New for 2019
Classes: Added this year were 11 & under classes, including Ranch Riding, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship and Trail. These kids were so cute and great riders! They rode hard to win the beautiful silver buckles donated by Sterling Saddles/ Kathy’s Show Equipment, Troy and Stacy Dial and the all around 11 & under beautiful bronze Marrita McMillan trophy donated by Christine Hocutt- Senteney and the EMO Agency. In addition, the Celebration offered expanded classes for Ranch Riding, Ranch on the Rail, Ranch Trail, and L1 Select classes.
Futurities: 7 new NSBA approved Futurities were held at The Celebration, including classes for Yearling Lunge Line, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle and Trail. Thank you to our generous futurity sponsors, Kathryn DeVries Mitchell/Oak Spring Ranch ($2,500 sponsor of the Open Yearling Lunge Line class), Angela Clark ($1,500 sponsor of the Non-Pro Yearling Lunge Line class), Sandra Morgan ($1,000 sponsor of the ¾ yr old Non- Pro Hunter Under Saddle class) and Precision Embroidery/Midge Agsten ($1,000 sponsor for the ¾ yr old Trail class). Special thanks to Greenway Saddlery for providing a beautiful English bridle and reins for the winner of ¾ yr old Open Hunter Under Saddle class. In addition, our sincerest thanks go to Beth Clemmons for sponsoring the $500 highest placing 3 yr old award. The futurities were well attended with 13 in the trail futurity, and some of the best horses and trainers in the nation attending. Futurity results can be found on TheCelebrationLasVegas.com
Trainers Showmanship Calcutta: Thank you to the great trainers and Quarter Horses that participated in this fun class. It was such a blast to watch! Thanks to Kent Ray Taylor and all of the generous sponsors who participated in the PCQHYA Trainers Showmanship Calcutta. We raised over $8,500 for the youth of Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association. Special shout out to Kellie Hinely for organizing the trainers, Darren Moore and Doug Hammack for the outstanding commentary, awards help from Michelle and Dana, the best gate person, Janet and of course esteemed judges, Nancy Renfro and Charlie Cole, along with the cutest run around steward, Megan Renfro.
EMO Western States Championship
Even with the huge classes, we had a blast with fun activities at the show. During the EMO Western States Championship show, we crowned 50 new EMO Western States Champions. With trophies to third place, plus beautiful championship style ribbons, exhibitors were treated to a red carpet and championship style awards presentation at the end of every class. This show has grown every year and now in it’s fourth year has taken off.
Qualifying rules for the EMO Western States Championship can be found on theCelebrationLasVegas.com website. Thanks again to the generous sponsorship from the EMO Agency, Chris Hocutt Senteney, for making this show such a popular event. This was a great show to gain a lot of AQHA points in. Several barns came home with more than expected. The Trendsetter barn was definitely one of them. The Krymsun Moon and Barb Messinger qualified for the select world in western riding in this one show. Good Money Machine and Kathryn Mitchell won the EMO Amateur Western Pleasure and Kellie Hinely took the Senior Western Pleasure. With huge trail classes the team did their part making sure they were noticed. Kellie and Mann of Steel were 3rd in EMO Senior Trail. While Dreamingforjacks owned by Jennifer Stephens won the Senior L2 Trail two out of the three days.
Let’s not forget our youth. Cassie Ehrle and Strut UR Stuff were Circuit Champion Youth Aged Halter Mares but her performance on Daizy Duke is the really impressive one. The mighty duo took home the Circuit Champion Youth Performance Halter Mares, reserve Circuit Champion in Horsemanship and Reserve L1 Youth All Around. Good Cowboy Casanova and Toni Ward won the L1 Horsemanship Circuit. Sudden Persuasion and Miranda Mitten earned a trophy in the EMO horsemanship. Beth Clemons and Justa Georgia Peach, owned by Sterling Custom Saddles won the highest placing 3 yr old in the 3 and 4 yr old Trail Futurity.
Mike Weaver’s amateurs were there to win and it showed! Hilary Reinhard was Aamateur Trail Champion on Zippos Ultra Gold. Vanessa Dahl and Watch My Irons were Champion in Amateur Hunter Under Saddle and bronze in Equitation. Quiteabitlazy was reserve Champion in Open Western Riding with Mike and bronze in Select Horsemanship with Deb Shatley. Awards Circuit champions raved about the beautiful prizes! Silver champagne coolers - and for Amateurs and Select exhibitors, a special bottle of “Maverick” Cheval wine was included. The wine was an “Amateur/Amateur Select only” prize, sponsored by Cheval Winery/Donna Kauffman.
Tonya Browns barn took home some of these great circuit awards. Alexa Brown and Corporate Credit were Circuit Champions in the L1 Youth Trail. Blazing Moonlight was Circuit Champion in the L3 Senior Western Riding and reserve Circuit Champion in the L2 Senior Trail with Tonya Brown. Cool Cruzen Lady was the Junior High Point All Around horse with Tonya Brown. Rising Version and Kayla Bocanegra we’re reserve Circuit Champions in the Amateur L2 Showmanship. Daily prizes included a variety of tack related items drawn randomly. The overall daily prize winners drawn at the end of the show received $1,000 - first, $500 –second, $400 – third, $300 – fourth, $200 – fifth, $100 – sixth.
The Roberts Ranch barn are no strangers to winning. This show was no exception. Jessie Vaughn & Extra Smart Doctor won the EMO Championship Select Amateur Reining. Pat Brown & Don’t Skip Trouble were Bronze trophy winners in the EMO Select Amateur Trail and Reserve Circuit Champions in Select Amateur Trail Level 2. Sabrina Wilson was Circuit Champion Level 2 Amateru Trail on her moms horse Next At Batt. She also was Reserve Circuit Amateur Horse Level 1.
Cassidy Miller and AGlowing Diesel were Reserve Champion EMO Amateur Hunter Under Saddle. Michele Winningham & Best is Good Enough kept their winning ways going and won the Select Amatuer Level 1 Pleasure on a few judges cards. 9 Best of Show High Point awards were sponsored by Kathy's Show Equipment/Sterling Custom Saddles. Winners received Kathy’s silver spur straps. Out sincerest gratitude goes to Stacy and Troy Dial for their generous sponsorship. The 11 and under youth received a special silver buckle, also donated by Sterling Saddles/ Kathy’s Show Equipment, Troy and Stacy Dial. In addition the all around 11 & under all around received a beautiful bronze Marrita McMillan trophy donated by Christine Hocutt-Senteney and the EMO Agency.
Complete results can be found on TheCelebrationLasVegas.com website, but here are the highlights:
- BEST OF SHOW CHAMPION PRIZE: Sterling Custom Headstalls (Sponsor Sterling Custom Saddles/ Kathys Show Equipment
- BEST OF SHOW RESERVE PRIZE: Sterling Custom Spur Straps (Made by Sterling Custom Saddles/ Kathys Show Equipment
CHAMPION- Lauren Blumer/ Lazy Lopin Ranger
RESERVE- Cassandre Michelle Ehrle/ Daizy Duke
CHAMPION- Ella Petak/ Won Vital Code RV
RESERVE- Cori Cansdale/ Promotional Asset
CHAMPION – Julie M Hoefling/ Movin The Chains
RESERVE – Jodie Radel/ Winkin For Chocolate
CHAMPION – Natalia Kay Devencenty/Moolite Madnez
RESERVE – Kelsey Jung/ Moonlite Cruiser
CHAMPION – Dan Yeager/ Cracking The Code
RESERVE – Linda Coakley/ Rockstar N The House
CHAMPION – Cool Cruzen Lady/ Diamond Ranch LLC
RESERVE –Dont Think Twice/ Kent Ray Taylor
Ranch & Cattle:
CHAMPION – CD Highlights/ Linda Katz
RESERVE CHAMPION – Call Me Mitch/ Estelle Roitblatt
CHAMPION – Katie Fox/ Sesmic Reaction
RESERVE CHAMPION – Gianna Hansen/ Soula Shiner
CHAMPION – Kate Buchanan/ Lucky Cee Blair
RESERVE – Julia Noelle Rey/ Workin Man Blues
11 & Under – BEST OF SHOW AWARDS
BEST OF SHOW HIGHPOINT CHAMPION PRIZE: Merita McMillan Custom Bronze (Sponsor Chris Hocutt Senteney/ EMO Insurance Agency)
Best of Show all around winner:
Champion - Makeila Eserjose/ Suddens Best Asset
11 & Under Circuit Champion Prize: Custom Sterling
Silver Buckes (Sponsor Sterling Custom Saddles/ Kathys Show Equipment)
Ranch Riding – Circuit Champion - Caleb Cushing/ Good Time
Showmanship – Circuit Champion – Annabelle Hulbert/Chip Moves Me
Western Pleasure – Circuit Champion – Annabelle Hulbert/ Chip Moves Me
Western Horsemanship – Circuit Champion – Makeila Eserjose/ Suddens Best Asset
Trail - Champion – Circuit Champion - Trinity Eserjose/RL Designed Only
Yearling Open Lunge Line Futurity (Sponsored by – Oak Spring Ranch/ Kathryn DeVries Mitchell)
Champion- Kissin In The Rain/ Kami Irwin Tymchuk
Reserve- Hes So Fancy – Rachel Arbuckle
Yearling Non Pro Lunge Line Futurity (Sponsored by – Angela Fox)
Champion- Lazy N Blue / Barbie Stanley
Reserve— Extremely Chipped / Cody Mitchell
3 yr old Open Western Pleasure
Champion – SST Lollipop/ David Archer riding for Abagail Marie Bruno
Reserve – I Like The Dark/ Mike Hawkins fiding for Randy Kimmel
3 yr old Non-Pro Western Pleasure
Champion – SST Lollipop/ Abagail Marie Bruno
Reserve – I Like The Dark/ Randy Kimmel
$1,000 Novice Horse All Age Western Pleasure
Champion – VS Goodride/ RJ King riding for Brenda Gower owner
Reserve – Suddenly Acquited/ Melissa Zanetti riding for owner Emily Hudson
3 & 4 yr old Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle
Champion – DGS The Entertainer – Jeff Burley riding for owner Robin DeGraff
3 & 4 yr old Open Trail Futurity - Sponsored by Precision Embroidery/ Midge Agsten
Champion –Flat Out Loping/ Kelly McDowall riding for owner- Darlene Schwab
Reserve – Im Hott Youre Not/ Reid Thomas riding for owner – Emma Cress
3 yr old Highest Placing Trail ($500 Sponsored by Beth Clemmons Performance Horses
Winner – Justa Georgia Peach – Beth Clemmons rider for owner Sterling Custom Saddles- Stacy & Troy Dial
Daily Awards Winners: $$$
FIRST PLACE ($1,000) – Stacy Huls for owner Dr John Newcomb
SECOND PLACE ($500) – Julie Hoefling
THIRD PLACE ($400) – Susan Wilson
FOURTH PLACE ($300) – Betty Edwards
FIFTH PLACE ($200) – Trinity Esterjose (Alfia)
SIXTH PLACE ($100) – Lisa Ames
Mark your calendars for the 2020 Celebration and EMO Western States Championship, June 25 – July 5. Check the website at TheCelebrationLasVegas.com or our social media (Facebook), “The Celebration & EMO Western States Championship”. The EMO Agency: Congratulations to EMO Lucky Exhibitor, Hailey Brown, on winning a $100 Smart Pak gift card at The Celebration & EMO Championships sponsored by Christine Hocutt-Senteney and The EMO Agency! (Fun fact: cute Hailey is featured in the EMO ad she is standing next to herself What a difference two years makes!