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News

The Congress Begins with Special Wins

October 3rd, 2017

By: Barbara Aitken Jenkins

The beginning days of the Congress are special for anyone in attendance. The air gets cooler while exhibitors and spectators alike begin to experience that unmistakable feeling because—the Congress is here.

For two cowgirl/mare teams, the 2017 Congress was marked as a lifelong memorable event. As the reining and cutting events took off, these two exhibitors were named Congress Champions for the first time.

Lidia Pedrozo and Tania Powell met five years ago in at the Columbus Airport when Lidia, an Ohio State Equestrian team member was asked to pick up Tania and take her to the All American Quarter Horse Congress.

Five years later, Lidia walked out of the Celeste Arena a Congress Champion in the Rookie Reining riding Tania’s horse, Nite Time Chic, also known as Julep. Lidia leased Julep from Tania earlier this year and has only ridden the mare for the past month. Under the guidance of Robin Schoeller, Lidia and Julep hit it off.

As they traveled to the Congress, Lidia admits, “The goal was to make the Top Ten. But, I guess, that’s really everyone’s goal.”

Tania was able to travel from her home in Australia to watch the pair compete.

“Lidia’s like a daughter to me,” explained Tania.

Julep, a 5-year-old mare, surprised both Lidia and Tania.

Tania explained that she has owned the mare since her 2-year-old year and although she missed her Futurity year in the show pen, maturity has aided in the mare’s success. However, earlier this year, the mare was diagnosed with EPM and Tania was not for sure if the mare would be able to show. Tania never expected that less than a year later, the mare would become a Champion.

“I’m completely over the moon,” exclaimed Tania. “I couldn’t ask for this mare to be any better. Bring on next year!”

For Lidia, her win means everything.

“I never started showing horses until I got to college. So to start from a beginner rider trotting around to getting into the sport and making friends, and now to be a Congress Champion—it’s surreal.”

Across the Midway in the Taft Coliseum, Megan Skinner Pine and her 5-year-old mare, Ahh Momma Mia were named the $25,000 Novice Horse Non Pro Congress Champions.

Megan traveled from her home in Dandridge, Tennessee to her first All American Quarter Horse Congress experience.

She credited her trainer, Tracy Surles, for guiding her to quality cows.

“The whole herd had been tough but he found some good ones.” Megan continued, “My mare was spot on. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

 

Megan purchased the mare she calls, “Mia” from Stan Snodgrass in Kentucky about a year ago. Since then, Mia suffered from a stifle injury that resulted in a 3-month layoff.

The Congress was her fifth time back in the show pen since recovering from her injury.

Megan expressed her thankfulness for being able to show at the Congress. Even though she started showing cutting horses at the young age of seven, she did not show at the “big shows” until recently. “This is the first time I’ve gotten to go to larger events and try my hand at it.”

She described the Congress as, “Awesome!”

The Congress continues through the entire month of October. Make sure to follow the latest draws, results, and more on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and our website at www.quarterhorsecongress.com.