By: Brittany Bevis
The final Showmanship World Champions of the day were crowned this afternoon at the 2019 APHA Youth World Show. First, Izzy Hostetler led R Kid Rock to win Walk Trot Showmanship. The Reserve Champion was Celia Heinbuch with Stately Sensation. Third was Delaney Good with Kewl Zippin Strider. Fourth was Anna Overway with Eazy On My Assets. Fifth was Alexandrea Rippeon with Famous N Foolish.
This was 10-year-old Izzy’s first World Championship win with her 9-year-old gelding named “Rocky” and she was completed surprised at the result. She’s been showing horses since she was five years old, but has only had Rocky for the past two years. They compete under the guidance of Chad and Shane Christensen, who propose that “confidence” is a very important aspect of Showmanship.
Izzy and Rocky have already competed in Hunter Under Saddle and Equitation, so now they will embark on a Western journey to show in Trail, Western Pleasure, and Horsemanship. “My favorite is Trail. I like it, because it’s harder, and I like going over poles and obstacles.”
Kaylynn Heitman led Hunting Blue Skies to win 13 and Under Showmanship. The Reserve Champion was Kendal Fellegy with One Graceful Krymsun. Third was Riley Francis with All For Me. Fourth was Ade Kallay with Gotta Be Sensational. Fifth was Avery Mortman with Hes Just A Touch More.
Samantha Stubblefield and Even More Sensational were the repeat winners in 14-18 Showmanship once again this year. Not only that, but they were the unanimous champions. “I think I put a lot of pressure on myself; but, when I went in there, I tried to lay down the best pattern that my horse and I could and give it my best shot.”
Even More Sensational, aka “Dillon,” is a six-year-old gelding that Samantha shows under the guidance of Simons Show Horses. Earlier at the show, they were third in Hunter Under Saddle and unanimously won Equitation. Up next, they have Horsemanship, Trail, Western Riding, and Western Pleasure. Of all the classes they compete in as a team, Samantha loves the challenge of Equitation and Western Riding. “I really do like the challenge and that it’s something new and different every time I go out to show.”
For today’s pattern, Samatha knew the odd placement of the judge might cause some problems for exhibitors, so she planned her route accordingly. “I definitely wanted to make sure that our set ups were really quick and crisp and that our stops were nice. I also wanted to make sure that all the cross overs were correct, because of the odd judge’s placement.”
The Reserve World Champion was Lucy Lewis with Im Axle Rose. Third was Avery Rees with Platinum Cowgirl. Fourth was Siena Holyoak with Pleasure Power. Fifth was Margaret Applegarth with Sharp Dressed Zippo.