About Region 5

The Arabian Horse Association's Region 5 encompasses Alaska, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Western Montana.

Region 5 has earned the respect of Arabian horse competitors across the country. Whether for show, endurance or dressage, horses from the Pacific Northwest are among the best in the nation.

The quality and caliber of our Region 5 horses are evident by the results of highly competitive shows such as the U.S. Nationals, Canadian Nationals, and Scottsdale.

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Region 5 Northwest EquestFest a Home Run!

 

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Region 5 has been holding mini conventions for years. The last one was in 2006, however this year, after nearly a ten year hiatus, we put a spin on it. For 2015 we called it Northwest EquestFest. It was held in Bellevue on January 9th at the Courtyard By Marriott. This event brought 10 lectures on various equine topics to the community for free. Speakers included LMF feed, two veterinarians and a farrier who discussed lameness, understanding the hoof and dentistry, local trainers/judges who discussed equitation, equine insurance, equine law, sport horse trends, the art of clipping, how to become a judge with our state B system as well as how to become judge/steward with AHA which was presented by Stan Morey, and much more!
 
  Multiple sponsors, including a goody bag by Reber Ranch and vendor room sponsor Crescita Capital. Lunch brought a fashion show sponsored by local realtor Rich Watson, featured attire from many of our vendors including fun ideas of what to wear to the barn for practice along with trends in all the Arabian classes. We pulled in not only Arabian members but other breed competitors,4-H members, Pony Club, and people just starting out with horses. We had an AHA booth displaying pictures of our versatile horses competing in all the classes. Tables of donated silent auction items from local and national businesses.
 
  We wrapped this event up with our inaugural Region 5 awards banquet. Initially hoping to sell 90 tickets to the event, we ended up having to open a second room with a total of 140 attendees. Awards were given out to the winners of the Arabian Region 5 High Point Program. Each Champion received a perpetual trophy, blanket bag donated by Schneidrs and Champion ribbon, Reserve Champion received a garment bag, ribbon and then we gave awards out through eight place. The winners of the Open High Point Program also received their awards that night. The open program recognizes people that show their Arabians in open shows. We also have two special awards: a Youth and an Adult Volunteer of the Year award; Recipients were McKenzie Miller and Lenora Callahan and Sportsmanship awards recipients were Cristi Knittle and Maddy Knittle. We had a wonderful Master of Ceremonies to keep the night going. In addition we were able to get Cynthia Richardson to attend and discuss “The State of the Association,” and Stan Morey give a report on the Judges and Stewart Commission.
 
  The highlight of the night might have been Ron Copple Jr. talking about his involvement with the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund. This introduced the organization to everyone and gave our attendees the chance raise money for a wonderful cause. Our AHDF Cake Auction raised $3,359.01. Additionally our silent auction items raised $1,420 for the Region 5 Youth and $1,581 that will be split between the AHDF, Region 5 Youth, and a local therapeutic riding center Little Bit.
 
  A huge thanks to all those who attended, sponsored, and presented. And our amazing master of ceremonies Ian Sage!
 
This event would not have been possible without the wonderful committee of: Michelle Pease-Paulsen, Carrie Olson, Shannon, Bedell, Erika Snell, Joyce Thomas, and Pat Hough.
 
We also want to thank Coral Link Photography for taking such wonderful photos. Coral is in the process of editing photos and will post them to her site when completed. We will be sure to update everyone via the Region 5 website and Facebook when these images are up.
 
What a wonderful start to the 2016 season. We ask that you save a tentative date of January 7, 2017 for the next event.
 
The region 5 website and Facebook will be updated shortly with highlights of the evening.