Winning at the All American Quarter Horse Congress was an emotional experience for Kelsey Price, who rode Seven On Seven to the Congress Level 4 Non-Pro Stakes Championship in Columbus, Ohio, with a 222 score.
The daughter of horse trainers, who has ridden horses since she could walk, first competed at Congress in 1998. Through the years, she and her sister have placed in the top 10 a number of times, but the California native had never won before now.
“This was a special win because my parents have both passed away now and my sister and I had never won at the Congress,” Price said. “We were reserve several times, but we just never could win it. So being able to win this was extremely special and emotional. It took a long time to get.”
The magic steed was Seven On Seven, by Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Anne Get Your Gunner (x Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner])
Proud of her gelding, Price said, “I feel pretty confident on this horse. He’s been a great horse all year long. He is incredibly minded and very, very easy to train.
Price, who is married to trainer Kole Price, said they didn’t have any problems at the show. They just kept the gelding happy, healthy, rode him like they normally do and showed him exactly the same way that they prepared him at home.
“He did everything great,” Price said. “We still have a little bit of room for improvement, but overall, we were extremely happy with him — he gave us his all.”
Seven On Seven was purchased in March from his breeder, Clinton Anderson of Stephenville, Texas. Anderson started the horse.
“He got him pretty broke for us,” Price said. “All we had to do is to get the horse show broke, pet him a lot, keep him happy and confident and to enjoy his job.”
The Prices’ horse operation, Price Performance Horses, is based in Pilot Point, Texas.
The Congress was Seven On Seven’s third time in the show pen. Price showed him in the beginning of August at the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity in St. Paul, Minnesota, in a victorious debut. Kole also showed him at the High Roller Classic Futurity in Las Vegas. They finished in the top 10 there.
“He has an incredible personality,” Kelsey said. “He loves his job, and he loves peppermints — every time you walk by his stall, he’ll put his nose through the bars, put his ears forward and waits for a treat. I think everyone in the barn feeds him treats because he is just a sweet horse and loves treats. He’s got a one-of-a-kind mind. He’s such a happy horse and he’s so easy to be around.”
Price, whose Congress $8,678 championship check gives her more than $99,337 in lifetime earnings, is now focused on the upcoming NRHA Futurity in which she will try to add another championship title to Seven On Seven’s show stop record.
The show, conducted at the Ohio Expo Center, runs through Oct. 27.