By: Brittany Bevis
Susan Roberts’s win this evening in the Select Western Pleasure marks her third 2013 Congress title with Only A Breeze and the mare’s fourth title during the show. Earlier in the week, Roberts won the Limited division of the Non-Pro Maturity and the Open division of the Non-Pro Maturity. Katie Green showed the mare to a win in the Open Limited Maturity.
Just a few months ago, “Abby” and Roberts claimed a Select World Championship title in Western Pleasure. Last year, Roberts won the Congress Select Western Pleasure on Abby’s full sister, Only Ever After.
“She’s fabulous,” Roberts says. “She’s so willing, and she wants to please. I could not find a better mare.”
Although Robert’s two mares are full sisters, she says they have very few similarities.
“They are very, very different,” she says. “They look similar, but, personality-wise, they are completely different. Abby, the one I rode today, is very laid back, and Randi is tight. I’m going to ride Randi in the Amateur Western Pleasure on Friday, so we’ll see how that goes.”
The other half of the Roberts’ show team, Roberts’s daughter Hillary, won the Youth 15-18 Western Pleasure earlier in the week with Whatscookingoodlookin. Rusty Green showed the mare to a win in Junior Western Pleasure. In addition to their matching Congress Champion titles in western pleasure, the Roberts’ ladies have something else in common: their bolero-inspired show outfits.
“April Salisbury made our outfits,” she says. “We designed Hillary’s first, and then I said, ‘You know, I kind of like that.’ So, she came up with the bolero jacket. That’s all thanks to April. She makes 90% of our clothes.”
The shelves outside of The Green Team’s stalls are getting very full of trophies and win ribbons at this year’s Congress. We wish the best of luck to the Roberts ladies in their remaining classes here at the show.
Select Western Pleasure-
1-Only A Breeze/Susan Roberts
2-Legal Machine/Joanie Zelnio
3-Get Her Vitals/Ron Shelly
4-Cee Money/Dan Yeager
5-Ona Hot Summer Night/Rebecca Bailey
6-Smooth Zippin Chex/Janice Barnesberger
7-50 Shades Of Grey/Bill Cosentino
8-Impulse Of Hope/Jerry Strickland
9-Forever N Ever/Susan Scott
10-OHK Goodbars Krymsun/Richard Carr