Kelsey Johnson on My Little Denver * Photo by Suzanne Sylvester

My Little Denver takes second Arbuckle title with Kelsey Johnson aboard

Last year, My Little Denver won the 5/6 Year-Old Open at the Arbuckle Mountain Futurity with Clay Johnson in the saddle. This year, she won the 5/6 Year-Old Non Pro with Kelsey Johnson on February 20.

My Little Denver (Metallic Cat x My Little Abra x Abrakadabracre) was bred by Fults Ranch and is owned by Brenda Weeks, Kelsey’s mother. Kelsey has the most connection with the mare though.

“I picked her out as a yearling, she was the one that stood out to me,” Kelsey said. “Then my mom told my dad that the horse what she wanted for Christmas, so my dad bought My Little Denver for her. We’ve had her since she was a yearling and she’s always been a good mare.”

The Johnson’s share her often, and Kelsey gets her ready for Clay to show at most events. No matter the conditions, the horse has gives Kelsey confidence and good rides.

“She’s had bad luck here and there but it just seems like this year she’s stepped her game up and been so consistent for us,” Kelsey said. “She just gives a person so much confidence when you show her that you don’t really worry about the cows, and you don’t have to have the perfect cows for her to be able to look good. She’s got the big stop and she’s real quick to come back across.”

At the Arbuckle, they bested other riders by a full point and earned their championship with a score of 221. Kelsey wanted to thank Lloyd Cox and Michael Cooper for turning back, as well as her husband Clay and RL Chartier for helping her in the herd. She also wanted to thank James Payne for all of his positive encouragement.

Reserve Champion

The Arbuckle Mountain Futurity 5/6 Year-Old Non Pro Reserve Champion was Constance Jaeggi with a 220 on Itchin To Talk. Itchin To Talk is by EquiStat Elite $5 Million Sire Smooth Talkin Style and out of Ichis My Choice (by Cat Ichi).