The Rock Candids and Report from MQHA Easter Eggstravaganza
The Michigan Quarter Horse Association kicked off its 2017 show tour on April 12-16, 2017 with their Easter EggStravaganza. The show is held every year at the Michigan State University Pavilion in East Lansing, Michigan. In 2016, the show made the Top 10 list from AQHA and didn’t disappoint this year.
Over 7,100 entries and 375 stalls sold made for a busy weekend. The show was managed by Kurtis and Elizabeth Gear of EKG Equine Services.
Both are familiar with MQHA because of their own show experience and family ties, but say that, “After 15 years away from the Michigan Quarter Horse Circuit, it was a thrilling and challenging experience to come back as part of the show management team for one of the ten largest shows in the country. We would like to thank long-time MQHA show manager Kris Woroniecki for her support and guidance the last few months as we prepared for the event.”
EKG Equine Services has been booked to manage the remainder of the MQHA shows for 2017. “We are honored to have been presented the opportunity to manage all of the MQHA owned shows.” They will return again April 28-30, 2017 for the MQHYA Spartan Spectacular.
EKG did a great job running such a big show, especially for their first one. The show got done earlier in the evening almost every night and they implemented a lot of new things that exhibitors were happy about. Great job MQHA and crew.”
MQHA Youth were also busy at the show outside of the arena. Friday evening consisted of stuffing Easter eggs for their annual fundraiser. The eggs were then sold to raise money for the world show and NYATT teams. The youth also put on an egg hunt for the younger group.
Michelle McCarthy Warda had multiple clients in attendance and explained why the show is always one of their favorites. “The numbers are usually good and for many of my customers it’s the first one of the season and they are excited to be back in the pen. The atmosphere was positive with activities for the kids, food for the people in attendance and MQHA is always looking for better ways serve the exhibitor.”
The show offered a pizza party, breakfast, t-shirt giveaways and circuit awards. MQHA would like to thank Mary Wilkosz (A&W Manistee), Baldwin Quarter Horses, Ryan Lindsay Horse Shoeing, Mark and Judy Zeitler Quarter Horses, Noble Hills Farm, McCarthy Warda Performance Horses, and Chris’ Custom Creations for their generous sponsorships.
Both the MQHA and youth board of directors honored Tom Carter of Toledo Ticket Company for his support of the association. Tom serves as the main sponsor at many Michigan events.
Congratulations to the following high point and reserve high point individuals:
Open High Point- Christa Baldwin & Ms Mae Flash
Open Reserve High Point- Janet Dawson & Lazy Lopin Guy
Amateur Select High Point- Kim Allen & Zips Fancy Talk
Amateur Select Reserve High Point- Janet Egolf & Riding The Range
Amateur High Point- Brandy Baldwin Bunting & Ms Mae Flash
Amateur Reserve High Point- Meggen Morrow Baynes & A Sleepy Margarita
Novice Amateur High Point- Kaitlyn Allen & One Hot Goodbar
Novice Amateur Reserve High Point- Jess Conn & Just Get N Zipped
Youth High Point- Miller Lantis & Inkryminating
Youth Reserve High Point- Sharese Rivait & Show Your Invitation
Rookie Youth High Point- Megan Mahoney & That Blue Me Away
Rookie Youth Reserve High Point- Ashley Rytman & Hurtin For Certain
Novice Youth 14-18 High Point- Lily Atkinson & Invitations Are Good
Novice Youth 14-18 Reserve High Point- Megan Mahoney & That Blue Me Away
Novice Youth 13 & U High Point- Kate Jacobs & Heres Your CaptiveNovice
Youth 13 & U Reserve High Point- Rilynn Lindsay & Gonna Get Ya Good
Rookie Amateur High Point- Debbie Wadds & Remington Steal
Rookie Amateur Reserve High Point- Heather Bearden & Sweet Talkin Johnny
Small Fry High Point- Alayna Wenger & Two Hot Margarita
Small Fry Reserve High Point- Dana Moody & Mystified Me Good
Congratulations to all exhibitors and MQHA would like to thank you for your support.