"This is a lifelong dream that just got realized. It's pretty cool."
This evening, at the 2011 All American Quarter Horse Congress, a lifelong dream came true for Adam Wainscott, when he and Huntin Big Dreams were named the Congress Champions in the Junior Western Pleasure. Wainscott and “Clint” won the Limited Open Three Year-Old Western Pleasure last year at the Congress and were Reserve in the Open, but this is their first Congress Championship in Junior Western Pleasure.
“It was pretty rough,” Wainscott says. “There were a lot of horses in there actually, and it was kind of hard to find your spots. I thought I had a couple found, and then I tried to go to them, and they were gone. So I kind of had to show off the rail a little bit, and he was just as good off the rail as he was on the rail. That’s what a horse is supposed to show like.”
Wainscott says Clint is always dependable and steady, but today he knew there was that little extra spark they would need to take home the title.
“He’s always really good,” Wainscott says. “He’s just so dependable. He’s always there, and he’s got so much heart. It’s almost like he knows.”
“He was pretty good in the Maturity yesterday, and then I warmed him up today, and it was almost like he knew it was time to be just a little bit better.”
And while the temperamental Congress weather of freezing temperatures and never-ending rain bothered a few horses, it didn’t seem to disturb Clint at all.
“It really didn’t even cross my mind that it was raining and nasty, because he really doesn’t care,” he says.
For Wainscott, winning a Congress Championship in the Junior Western Pleasure with this horse has truly been a lifelong dream that has just been realized. Although he has a list “a mile long” of all the people he would like to thank, there are a few special ones he would like for us to mention.
“I really want to thank Charlie and Jason for believing in me and giving me a chance to ride this horse,” he says. “And to all of the judges and people who have supported this horse, thank you. The whole crew at Highpoint has been great. It’s really the people behind the scenes that make it possible to do what we do. My mom and dad have always supported me and made this possible. This is a lifelong dream that just got realized. It’s pretty cool.”