At the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Show, an interesting trend was seen in the Western performance classes. The rider who topped the first go of the cutting, boxing and working cow horse came back to win the World title in each class.
The reining was no exception. In the preliminaries, Jack Medows rode Surprizentheprincess to a 218.5, the high score out of 117 entries. The duo drew the first slot in the reining finals, and their 219 proved untouchable through the 27-horse class. Even though it was his third AQHYA World title, Medows was still overcome with joy.
“I feel pretty awesome right now – really excited!” Medows, of Cuba, Missouri, said. “There’s something special about this [Championship]. It’s my last year in the youth, and it’s a mare I’ve been showing for a long time. It’s really cool to go out on her. She’s such a special mare to me.”
Surprizentheprincess, who is owned by Amy Medows, is by Jerry Lees Surprise and out of the Shining Spark mare Princess In Diamonds. She was bred by Clinton Anderson. Medows and the 7-year-old mare won the 2014 AQHYA Performance Halter Mare World Championship, and earlier that same year, they achieved victories in Levels 3, 2 and 1 at the National Reining Breeders Classic.
The Reserve World Champions made their presence known from the very last draw in the finals. Tessa Lindberg, of Lafayette, California, and her horse Chicadero scored a 217 to earn the silver globe. Chicadero (Smart Chic Olena x Madera Jewels x Freckles Playboy) is a 14-year-old gelding who was bred by David Nogle, of Palatine, Illinois.
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