SUMMERAMA 2019 was a great show for Area 3 in our new location at the Lindsay Exhibition Grounds. What a way to celebrate Canada Day at a horse show with great friends, fantastic horses, with lots of fun activities to enjoy…we are truly blessed to be able to participate in our sport!
We couldn’t have had better weather with warm temps and sunny skies every day. The team at LEX worked diligently to get the facility ready and we saw a significant number of improvements from the Spring Classic show only a month before. The indoor arena looks amazing with a longer length, upgraded footing and new arena kickboards (though with the great weather it was only a warm up space out of the sun for many)! The new outdoor warm up area was a wonderful space to ride and prep horses. While there are still a few kinks to work out the dedication and desire to please from the LEX team is incredible. We truly thank Harry, Korey and all of the crew for your hard work!
Our show numbers saw a small increase from 2018 and for that we can’t thank our exhibitors enough for choosing to come to show at Summerama! We appreciate all of you for your support as we adapt to the new location.
Stall Decorating Contest
We wanted to make sure everyone had some “fun” along the way and there we several events planned throughout the show! The Stall Decorating contest was well supported – congratulations to the JS Quarter Horses group on your win (we bet that Dairy Queen cake as first place was a hit!). Thank you to all the barns who participated.
Gift Basket Raffle
Area 3 hosted a fundraising gift basket raffle that was super well received and we saw a lot of activity as people selected their favourites to submit their tickets into. Congratulations to all of the winners! And special thank you to the sponsors who donated the items – we are so grateful to you! There was also a “jelly bean guess jar” for the youth and a “guess the bottles jar” for the adults – lots of fun. Thanks to the sponsors of these events!
Silent Auction and Strawberry Social
The Ontario Amateurs had their silent auction at Summerama and as always this was a popular way to support OAQHA!
The Ontario Youth hosted a “strawberry social” that was a huge hit with ice cream and fresh strawberries and lots of toppings! We hope this will become an annual event because it was sure a tasty addition! Thanks to sponsor Ego’s Garden Center for your support with the strawberries!
Always a fun time was the bareback horsemanship and Calcutta. This was a fundraiser for the OQHYA and was well attended by spectators, bidders and participants! A great time was had by all and we thank everyone for coming out! Congratulations to Teygin Quinn and The Hot One and Only on winning the bareback horsemanship. Thanks as well to our judges Jill Rout, Suzanne Pickard & Jamie Gardy.
The youth enjoyed our 3rd annual Amazing Challenge event. We had 27 youth gather and work together to solve clues and find their check points. Thank you to our sponsors and helpers for making the event great again this year! Looking forward to next year!
T-Shirt Sponsorship Program
Thank you as well to the Area 3 sponsors who participated in our T-shirt sponsorship program – every exhibitor was given a T highlighting sponsors and Summerama 2019 – we love seeing these shirts out and about as we show.
Thank you to our show photographer Mary White of Lone Oak Equine Photography – photo proofs are now on her website. Thank you as well to the various photographers who have submitted photos to use on the Area 3 website and Facebook posts (Kristy Beck, Mark Grice, Jodi Mallette, Gord Laidlaw).
Huge Thank You!
And finally, a huge thank you to the entire show staff, judges, announcer, ring stewards, trail crew, board of directors and volunteers who make these shows fun and fabulous – we appreciate all of you!