No Silver No Sequins AQHA Show Is A Hit!

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Washington State Quarter Horse Association hosted a No Silver No Sequins show April 2-5 and it was a huge hit!

“The weather was so beautiful the entire weekend and the show schedule was perfect for dinner with friends and afternoon hikes in the beautiful Wenatchee Valley.”

Since it was Easter weekend, there were random drawings in every class under each judge and the winners won Easter Eggs filled with $20 bills.

“The club handed out just under $8,000!” Lisa said. “And exhibitors attended our Cowboy Easter Service ringside, as well as the free Easter breakfast hosted by WSQHA.”

The No Silver No Sequins concept was well received and exhibitors especially loved the no banding rule! If you’d love to attend a No Silver No Sequins style show in your area, Share this on Facebook and help get the word out!


Washington State Quarter Horse Assocation

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18 Responses

  1. Teela

    I don’t like this concept but if it floats everyone’s boat there then have at it but don’t come here with that stuff please. That’s disrespectful to me that we have something divided by money. That also ddisrespectful to the sport but that’s my opinion. Sorry if it’s not yours. And I know backyard horses and backyard people who have beaten people with 50 thousand dollar horses with there 10 thousand dollar dress wear. It’s about the sport and the bond with you and your horse. Not how much money you have and how with your trophy is. I’m shaking my head at what some of this has become and I’m keeping my small town just the way it is. About the sport. Not money. I’m ashamed.

    • Shelly Richardson

      I do think that some judges do judge based on the bling. I long ago left the show ring because of the politics and all that associated with it. Including the dress.

    • Dawn Panda

      I think you’re missing the point. By requiring NO silver and no sequins, it puts everyone on the same footing, regardless of money.
      When I was a youngster, riding in 4-H, we had dress codes that restricted the amount of silver, required plain dress (NO sequins!) and it was interesting to see how some of the class winners changed.

  2. Annie

    I’m a horse show mom on a tight budget. We show POA because 1) we love POAs and 2) it’s much less expensive to show POA then AQHA, in everything from the cost of the horse to entry fees. I’ve been sewing my daughter’s clothes and have made it into a business. I sew outfits that are simple and tailored and classy as well as outfits that are dripping with “bling”. I LOVE today’s trend that you might see someone in a simple oxford and simple chaps and folks in outrageous jackets in the same class. Seems to me that most judges don’t judge on the clothes. While I LOVE the concept of a more casual show, my daughter would have to go buy a new saddle and and bridle just to enter. Even though her tack is used and relatively modest, it does have some silver. Perhaps a better idea would be a silver and sequins OPTIONAL show?

    • Cheryl Lady

      Annie, I so agree with you. We showed POA for years when my daughters were younger for all the same reasons. Later, I became certified to be a judge and never, ever did I judge someone who was better dressed over someone who had better horse skills!

      • Dawn Panda

        I don’t think ANY judge would ever be intentionally biased by silver, sequins or other frippery. However, I’ve noticed that it does give a horse and rider a somewhat more “polished” look overall–and it does seem to affect the judging somewhat. When there’s a pretty big difference in skill levels, all the bling in the world won’t make a difference. However, when riders are close, it usually does.

  3. Letty

    Always a bit saddened to read anything about the AQHA – an organization that condones the slaughter of it’s own breed. That’s right, most slaughter horses are Quarter horses. There are much better alternatives but the AQHA pursues the path that is sprinkled with $$$’s. Breed more, register more, slaughter more. Start over 🙁

      • Sierra

        Everything has to start somewhere, and I suggest the first things to be banned are backyard breeding and embryo transfers. No mare should have two to four foals per year. If she’s meant to have twins, she’ll do that naturally. To flush and transfer is a man-made concept and has added to the population at a quicker rate than is necessary. Focus on what’s already on the ground before making more.

    • Reba

      Well this is just inaccurate. Most slaughter horses are unregistered, wild or the product of backyard breeding resulting in unsuitable and unwanted horses. While a lot of them have quarter horse blood somewhere in their lines, you certainly can’t say “most slaughter horses are quarter horses” in reference to AQHA.

      This is an baseless inflammatory and irresponsible accusation.

      • Wendy couch

        Really? There r tons of registered aqha horses as well as other registered breeds thatbrbslaughtered

    • Sierra

      Letty, that’s the exact reason I refuse to renew my membership. Every time I get a phone call requesting that I renew I tell them I will when they stop condoning the slaughter.

      • Susan's Saddle Stands

        it was the idiot animal rights folks that got slaughter outlawed in the US. How did that work for the animal we love so much? They still go to slaughter. Only to travel further crammed in trailers no food and water to Mexico where they are cruelly killed, repeatedly stabbed in the back. At least here in the US the plants would be regulated.

      • Julie Gasper

        Just a little FYI those backyard breeders are generally NOT the ones who can afford to flush a mare and have numerous foals from one mare by different studs per year. Also they are not the ones flooding the market with their hundreds of “Culls” every year when they only keep a handful that might meet the BIG breeders expectations” Now I agree BYB (the bad ones) do not do their homework and just breed because they want to play with a foal or have their children witness a foaling. BAD idea that progeny will pay the price when they create a spoiled rotten monster or un-handled brat.
        However the small time hobby breeders, are for the most part good about hands on with their foals and also breed for the best they can afford. while this is not necessarily your high dollar huge money winning stallion and mare they are hardly scraping the bottom of the barrel. Most small time hobby breeders do their research and do try their best to make a quality equine offspring. Whats more they tend to know how to properly handle equines, and as such their foals many times outshine the other numerous big breeders in the good breed auction and online sales because the small breeder has far less horses therefore spends a lot more hands on time with those foals personally.

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