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Southwest Regional Championships and Aikman Winning Ways Clinic Both Around the Corner


Editor’s Note: News from the ASHA.


Lexington, Kentucky ­– The 32nd Arizona Saddlebred Futurity Horse Show will host the first annual Southwest Regional Championships.  The regional is for horses residing in Zone 1 as designated by the ASHA (Zone 1 states are Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah).  The horse show and Saddlebred Futurity will run October 27-29, 2006 at WestWorld of Scottsdale.


Southwest Regional Championship honors will be awarded to the top horse/rider in each of the following: the Open and Amateur Championship classes Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited and the Open winner in the Fine Harness Division.  Awards will also be offered in both Adult and Junior Exhibitor Championship classes in Three-Gaited Show Pleasure and Three-Gaited English Country Pleasure as well as in the following Stake classes: Western Country Pleasure, Five-Gaited Show Pleasure, Park Pleasure, Open Park and the Saddle Seat Equitation Championship. 


Some additional breeds will be featured at this year’s show including a USEF “A” Division for Morgan horses and added classes for Friesians and Saddlebreds.


Friday night’s festivities include a Saddlebred Stallion presentation and the costume class for horses and riders.


Austin Van Wyck of Phoenix, Arizona will manage the horse show and futurity while Jerry Beghtol will manage Saddlebred Futurity secretarial duties.  Judge Patty Kent of Chesapeake, Ohio will officiate for Saddlebreds, Morgans, Friesians, Ponies, Equitation, Academy and the Open Division. 

For further information please contact Sue Davis at (602) 903-0373.




Lexington, Kentucky ­– The Aikman Winning Ways Clinic is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, November 4 at Misty Hills in Troy, New York.  This hands-on clinic with master colt man Jim Aikman will go over all aspects of showing colts in hand and is intended for professionals and amateurs.


The cost is $50 for an individual clinic participant and the fee is $80 for family participant clinic.  Proceeds benefit the American Saddlebred Horse Association of New York Futurity.  The clinic is by registration only and the deadline to register is October 21.


A dinner with Mr. Aikman will be held Friday night, November 3 at the Desmond Hotel at 7:30 p.m.  Mr. Aikman will be available for a question and answer session at the dinner.  Prices for the dinner are $43 for prime rib, $36 for chicken francaise and $34 for vegetable penne. 


Checks for the clinic and dinner should be made payable and mailed to ASHANY, c/o Theresia Giardino, 17 Crest Hill Rd., Whitesboro, NY, 13492.


The Desmond Hotel is offering a rate of $109 per night to participants.  When making a reservation at the Desmond, mention the ASHANY and use code 1157KB to receive the special rate.


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