2018 MQHA Harbor Classic brings the heat and the fun. Photo © Morgan McCarthy-Warda

2018 MQHA Harbor Classic Rundown & Kimes Kandids

For multiple years, the Michigan Quarter Horse’s Harbor Classic has been voted ‘Show of the Year’ by its members. And it’s a safe bet to place that this year’s event will be no different.

Sunday through Friday, post-show entertainment took place. Events included a Monday Margarita Night (with kid-friendly slushies), Toddy Tuesday-Wine Night, Wednesday fireworks, exhibitor party, dog races, bonfire, bouncy horse race, volleyball tournament and a euchre tournament.

With over 6,000 entries throughout the week, exhibitors enjoyed a perfect amount of competitive showing with up to eight point open trail classes, six point youth classes, a four point amateur grand geldings, three point western riding classes and were left with enough time to enjoy the evening activities.

“As the 2018 MQHA President, I have been encouraging our show committees to provide social activities for our exhibitors so that there is a focus on bringing people together to have more camaraderie and fun while showing horses,” said MQHA President Meggen Baynes.

“The Harbor Classic show committee did just that. I already have ideas to make our 2019 show even more fun, if that is even possible.”

Another exciting moment of the horse show was crowing the 2018 MQHA Queen. We would like to extend our congratulations to Lauren Barnes as she begins her reign. Joining her in representing MQHA this year is Princess Ava Hathaway and Jr. Princess Callie Giffin.

CLICK HERE to view the candids sponsored by Kimes Ranch Apparel and kindly taken by Morgan McCarthy-Warda and others.

MQHA also had the pleasure of recognizing their spectacular youth who achieved academic excellence. This group included:

Gold (3.5-4.0)
Linc Reincke
Miller Lantis
Lillie Laney
Morgan Glann
Allison Rawson
Katherine West
Elizabeth West
Taylor Klimmer
Catrina Guenther
Kylie Klotz
Maggie Finn
Lucy Boeve
Elizabeth Reinbold
Elise Gornick
Audrey Barnes
Asya Modert

Silver (3.0-3.49)
Lily Atkinson
Peyton Baxter
Emme Lantis

Congratulations to our all-around, reserve and third place champions!

Terri Shoemaker, Suddenly My Time
Lyla Bellar, Potentially Money
Angie Schmeck, A Chrome Cookie

Rookie Youth
Kennedy Ekovich, They Call Me Louie
Allison Rawson, Zip N The Dreams
Sydney Dunckel, Willy Be Mine

Rookie Amateur
Sarah Gibson, Western Is An Asset
Allyson Mauntler, Good Envy
Dusty McCollough, Ima Super Sleepy Zip

Novice Youth 13-U
Jacqueline Horlings, Gotta Minute
Rilynn Lindsay, Gonna Get Ya Good
Jenna Morse, I Know I Am Invited

Novice Youth 14-18
Kennedy Ekovich, They Call Me Louie
Elise Gornick, GoodAllDayLong
Elizabeth Meerman, That Sudden Smile

Youth All Age
Miller Lantis, Inkryminating
Elizabeth West, Chevrolatte
Peyton Baxter, Fightin Off Sleep

Novice Amateur
Jeanne Hugo, Slidenhollywoodsstyle
Susan Frank, Macs Kool Legacy
Lana Cameruci, How Ya Figuer

Brandy Baldwin-Bunting, Ms Mae Flash
Meggan Morrow Baynes, A Sleepy Margarita
Deanna Bailey, Total Hotness

Amateur Select
Brenda Howell, Dont Need A Mirror
Janet Egolf, Hes Forever Good
Shelby Lawcock, Sleepin Till Dawn

Small Fry
Dana Kay Moody, Cudda Invited Me
Braelynn Bunting, Ms Mae Flash
Brylee Bunting, Dont Need A Mirror

Thank you to our show sponsors! Your generosity and dedication to MQHA helps us make our shows fun and successful for exhibitors.