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My Days With Kit

Follow along as AQHYA member Renee Pope trains her AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program filly.

The American Quarter Horse Association
June 7, 2013

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Watch the first part of "My Days With Kit," a mini-series brought to you by AQHA Video.

Follow 13-year-old Amarillo horsewoman and American Quarter Horse Youth Association member Renee Pope as she participates in the American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program with her weanling filly, TRR A Stylish Kit, also known as “Kit.”

The Young Horse Development Program showcases the horses being bred and raised by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.

Additionally, the program provides an opportunity for youth to become engaged in the horse industry at a fundamental level that will be fun and educational. Through the program, AQHYA members receive a weanling foal and are responsible for its care and training. This year, 20 AQHYA members from across the United States are participating in this exciting program.

Pope selected her filly from Tongue River Ranch, Zoetis-AQHA Best Remuda Award Winner.

“When I went to look at weanlings at Tongue River Ranch in Paducah, Texas, there were about 50 weanlings there. I didn’t think it was possible to choose one,” Pope said, recalling how she hand-selected her project filly. “I wanted a filly, so that singled it down a little, but there were still a lot to choose from. She caught my attention with her star, she had really nice white markings, and I could almost walk up to her.

“She seemed pretty gentle,” Pope added. “She’d come up and look in the back truck windows. I walked around several acres of property looking through groups of weanlings, and she followed me from the group. The horse manager said, ‘Hey, she looks like she’s saying, “Pick me! Take me home!” ’ ”

Throughout the duration of the program, Pope will be responsible for training Kit, writing monthly reports, completing a project book, meeting with an AQHA Professional Horseman and showing Kit in competitions. The duo’s adventures in horse training are featured in the video mini-series “My Days With Kit,” produced by AQHA Video.

To apply or learn more about the Young Horse Development Program, visit www.aqha.com/aqhya.

Follow Pope and Kit’s progress at www.aqha.com/my-days-with-kit.

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