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News

AAQHC Exhibitor gets an Unexpected Surprise

October 23rd, 2015

By: Barbara Aitken

Picture Left: Tom Forehand wearing his jacket Picture Right: Karen Senesac and her son

 For anyone who shows horses, the term “horse show friends” is a common term used to describe our relationships with other people who share our same interests. Year after year, we meet the same people, share the same experiences, and create bonds to last a lifetime. For one All American Quarter Horse Congress (AAQHC) exhibitor, his “horse show friend” list added a new member this year.

Tom Forehand, an all-around trainer from Denver, Colorado never expected to walk away from Schmidt’s, a temporary restaurant located on the Ohio Expo Center Fairgrounds for the AAQHC, last year without his 2010 AQHA World Show jacket. It was not until he reached the AQHA World Show, he realized the jacket was amiss.

“It’s the first jacket I’ve really ever bought at one of these shows. I won it with my stallion, Vitalyzed.” Forehand said. “I tore the house and trailer apart looking for it. I chalked it up to I’d lost it.”

Karen Senesac, who has been an employee of Schmidt’s for over 50 years,  was working the night Forehand left his prized jacket over a year ago. Senesac, assumed he would be back to pick up the jacket. “But when he didn’t, I took [the jacket] home and put it up until this year’s Congress.”

At the beginning of the 2015 Congress, Senesac took the jacket to the Information booth, but when no one claimed it, she did the next best thing.

“They’d hung my jacket on a hanger on the menu,” said Forehand. When a few of Forehand’s friends started teasing him that they had seen his jacket, “I finally thought I’d test the story and go eat at Schmidt’s. Sure enough, it was hanging on the menu.”

Understanding the vast schedule of the AAQHC, Karen was relieved to know the jacket was reunited with Forehand. “Everybody is not always here the whole time. I’m glad he was here and he got it back.”

As for Forehand’s feelings on Schmidt’s restaurant and Senesac, “You can guarantee I’ll be back for lunch!”