Show Me Academy!
The St. Louis National Charity Horse Show and Midwest Regional Academy Championships, held October 1 and 2 at the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, Missouri, offer academy programs two great days of showing opportunities. Peter Fenton is managing both shows.
Sunday’s class line up features the Becker Brothers WTC Challenge Class. Designed for the advanced rider who is heading to the suits classes in 2012, this class is limited to 10 entries on a first-to-enter basis. Show secretary Sara Ressler is dating entries as they come in.
This class will include clinic-style commentary from Judge Melissa Hughes Smith, providing an educational look at how classes are judged for parents, riders and all spectators.
“The idea is to educate our academy families about what might be going through the judge’s mind as she reviews a class to help them prepare for the next level of involvement in the show horse industry – owning a horse,” stated Carol Clasby, show organizer. One winner will be tied and awarded a $500 Becker Brothers gift certificate. Academy riders are limited to two entries in this class over their academy career, and winners may not enter again.
“We also have a judging contest going on during the Saturday night stakes classes of the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show,” she added. This will be run by Stephens College students and will be offered to academy families.
“It’s an opportunity both to get academy families to see what our championship horses and riders look like and to educate them about what makes each division special – and hopefully help them set a goal for a future division.”
With prizes from Becker Brothers, Radon, Terry Bennett’s Tack, ModJods, Jason’s Deli and a generous sponsorship from Commotion Consignment Apparel, this show promises to be exciting, educational, and loads of fun! For further information, visit www.stlhorseshow.com.