The Rock Candids and Report from Keystone Showdown
Despite the wet weather and muddy conditions, the Keystone Showdown was a great success. Held in Centre Hall, PA at the Grange Park Fair and Equine facility, the show sold over 700 stalls and hosted competitors from across the country. The large class sizes, multiple drawings, and awards were a hit with all exhibitors.
“Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather, only how we adapt to it. Show management did the best they could under the circumstances,” Amateur Elizabeth Breene told us, who placed high in several classes. “We had a blast at the Calcutta classes. Everyone had a great time, and it was nice they had catered food a few days for the exhibitors.”
Youth exhibitor, Emily Ambrose, who was Circuit Champion in the Novice Youth and Youth Ranch Riding, added, “It was a well run show with good numbers. The staff worked hard to accommodate everyone’s needs both in and out of the show pen. Great prizes were offered and the overall atmosphere was so enjoyable.”
“Having purchased my new horse Solo Invested this spring, I had limited time to get qualified for the AQHA World Show. My trainer, Clint Ainsworth, decided Centre Hall would be a good sized show and an opportunity for me to work with Mac’s previous trainer Chris Gray,” Amateur Tony Anderman told us. “I had not been to Centre Hall in eight years, so I was glad to see the class sizes were still big and the exhibitors very friendly. Not only did we get our points, but we also had a great time with everyone in our combined barns. Although the weather made preparing to show difficult on a few days, we will definitely consider attending this show next year.”
“The show was a huge success in spite of several challenges including several inches of rain,” KQHA Board Member Brian Egan said. “We are fortunate to have extremely patient and cooperative exhibitors. All in all, the show ran well, numbers were good and fun was at the forefront all five days.”