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A Night of Dinner, Dancing, and Dignitaries With OQHA

Filed under: Club & Show News,Club and Show News,Featured |     

Photos courtesy of Ashleigh Egan Photography.

By: Brittany Bevis

The 2019 Ohio Quarter Horse Association Awards Banquet was an elaborate affair complete with dinner, dancing, and dignitaries. The banquet room of the Hilton Downtown Columbus was packed to the hilt with more than 480 people eager to celebrate year-end award winners.

The event kicked off with 2019 OQHA Queen, Alexis Taylor, welcoming guests to the red-carpet style affair that promised a tasty meal, time to fellowship with friends, and swanky awards. OQHA Director, Justin Billings, and the 2019 Congress Queen, Mariah Sherer, led an invocation before the three-course meal was served.

While guests mingled, they were invited to participate in the photo booth with fun props, admire the impressive OQHA-themed ice sculpture, and have their caricature drawn. Once the merriment had commenced, 2019 OQHA President, Brent Maxwell, gave a speech reflecting on his year in office and presented President’s awards to Kelli Diaz, Kristine Nagy, and Ron Kendle. Brent’s daughter, Ellexxah Maxwell, gave her own speech as the 2019 OQHYA President. She was recognized with an Outgoing President Award and 2019 OQHYA Sportsmanship Award by the 2020 OQHYA President, Natalie Hilty.

The 2019 OQHA Queen, Alexis Taylor, passed her glittering crown into the hands of the 2020 OQHA Queen, Graceon Ehrman. Then, Congress Queen, Mariah, came back on stage with Justin to present the year-end awards. In addition, Scott Nemeth, the 2019 OAQHA President, recognized a selection of amateurs and praised their involvement with OAQHA.

When the official business was complete, everyone crowded the dance floor, and a few tables, for music and dancing!

Congratulations to the 2019 OQHA Award recipients.

2019 HORSE OF THE YEAR

Champion- Cruize/Stephanie Janis

Reserve- My Only Good Shoes/Emma Gore

2019 HALTER HORSE OF THE YEAR

Champion- Cruize/Stephanie Janis

Reserve- Fearles Defiance/Casey Demott

2019 LEVEL 1 HORSE OF THE YEAR

Champion- Only When Im Invited/Emma Gore

Reserve- KM Taylor Made Best/Sara Oler

2019 AMATEUR OF THE YEAR

Champion- Version Of Goodbar/Sarah Lebsock

Reserve- I Am Batt Man/Jordan Ferguson Baron

3rd- Some Hot Potential/Emma Brown

4th- Party In The Clouds/Kaitlin Riker

5th- KM Taylor Made Best/Sara Oler

6th- Fantasdeck/Kalee Lohr

2019 AMATEUR SELECT OF THE YEAR

Champion- Check This Machine/Kimberly Best

Reserve- Only In My Levis/Terri Bloom Tisch

2019 HIGH POINT L1 AMATEUR

Champion- Icecream/Hanna Jordan Hedderick

Reserve- Looking Willy Good/Jennifer Olds

2019 ALL AROUND YOUTH 13 & UNDER

Champion- My Only Good Shoes/Emma Gore

Reserve- Cowboy Causin Mayhem/Jillian Jefferson

2019 ALL AROUND YOUTH 14-18

Champion- Zips Bossy Chip/Ellexxah Ireland Maxwell

Reserve- Im Too Sleepy/Madison Burlett

2019 HIGH POINT L1 YOUTH

Champion- Cowboy Causin Mayhem/Jillian Jefferson

Reserve- Gotta Lotta Lazy/Allyson Schuster

2019 ALL AROUND SMALL FRY

Champion- Annie Lost Her Socks/Skylar Herrnstein

Reserve- Consider Him Sheik/Adeline P Gabor

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Scroll below for more photos courtesy of Ashleigh Egan Photography.

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