By: Brittany Bevis
This afternoon’s classes at the 2019 NSBA World Show have run the gamut from Horsemanship and Equitation Over Fences to Hunter Hack and Trail.
Remember our interview at the AQHA Youth World with first-time competitor, Isabella Buckley? Well, Miss Izzy has just won her first World Championship title in Novice Youth Horsemanship with her horse, Roses Only, and she was overjoyed.
“I didn’t think I placed! I was so nervous. Did I place? Was it good enough? I never expected for her to ever do anything like this for me. She was so good.”
Not only did 11-year-old Isabella and 17-year-old Roxie win the Novice Youth Horsemanship. A few classes later, they won the 13 and Under Horsemanship as well.
“My favorite part of the pattern was my spins, because I’ve been having a lot of trouble with that, and it’s gotten a lot better. I love pattern classes. I feel like you always have to set really high expectations, and you have to push yourself to be up there, because there are really good girls, and boys. It’s always a very competitive class.”
Coming up next, Isabella will show Roxie in Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, and Showmanship.
The Youth Equitation Over Fences World Champion was 16-year-old Jax Bound with her 11-year-old gray horse, Havn A Supreme Time, aka “Taco.”
With a family background in Ranch classes, Jax is relatively new to the Over Fences scene. “My dad is a big roper,” she says. “We went down to Jerry Erickson’s barn when I was down there with Butch and Patty Campbell. They said I should go jump, and I got to jump some of the good horses down there. That was two years ago, and then we found Taco in Wisconsin from Jenny Wellhouse, and I’ve had him for a year. Jumping is a lot more complicated than Ranch classes, but it’s also easier at the same time. I think it’s more fun.”
Here at the show, Jax and Taco were Reserve in Youth Working Hunter, won Equitation Over Fences, and placed third in Hunter Hack.
Linda Crothers rode Gerri Leigh Pratt’s Al Wayz On Your Mind to win Junior Hunter Hack. The pretty bay gelding is five years old and is a previous AQHA World Champion in Pleasure Driving with Kevin Dukes.
“He’s a pretty horse, and I love the way he presents himself. Of course, Linda is the best rider on earth…,” Gerri Leigh says. “It’s actually Linda’s horse, and I just pay his bills!”
“We’re a good team,” Linda says. “I just love his mind. He’s the kindest and gentlest horse. Also, he’s beautiful. He tries to please and doesn’t like to get into trouble. He’s a little spoiled though…”
Jacqueline Frimodt and Designed To Be Blonde were named the Champions in Color Breed Horsemanship. 17-year-old Jacqueline and her Appaloosa mare, “Blondie,” won at the NSBA World last year in Color Breed Showmanship.
“I was first to go, and I was pretty nervous, because there were no lines out there. But, I got to make my own course. I started off with the jog serpentine, and then we had to extend and slow back down. I really liked my comeback to the regular jog. Then, you went into a pivot and loped off. I was worried about getting my lead change, but it was really nice. Then, you went into an extended lope and came back to do a square corner, stop, pivot, and another extended jog at the end. This pattern had a lot in it.”
Stay tuned to www.EquineChronicle.com to see what some of the big winners will have to say tomorrow.