By Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse JournalAugust 17, 2013
Joe Rehm (center) sits aboard Perks The Man, while Judi and Allison ride the full sisters Gottalotta Cha Ching and Gotta Lotta Quick, respectively. The 5- and 6-year-old mares are by Perks The Man and out of Lotta Merit. (Journal photo) Scroll down for more photos.
The members of the Washington State Quarter Horse Youth Association had a favorite in the amateur speed events at the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship. She was one of their own: A former WSQHYA member who had made it big, having won a coveted world championship belt buckle.
It was back in 2005 when Allison Rehm claimed the barrel racing youth world championship aboard Ima Tru Skeeter. Much has been done between then and now. For starters, the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show made the move from Fort Worth, Texas, to Oklahoma City in 2008. Most of the kids Allison called teammates on the 2005 WSQHYA Ford Youth World Team have come and gone, but a few do remain who can recall what a feat it was for an underdog from Sultan, Washington, to make the long trek to Texas and travel the 2,000 miles back home with a priceless gold trophy.
Allison and her parents, Judi and Joe, showed off the next generation of their speed event stock August 17 at the Region One Championship. Just a hop, skip and a jump down Highway 2 from their hometown of Sultan, Monroe – the site of the 2013 Region One Championship – hosted competitors from as far and wide as British Columbia, Oregon and Idaho.
On Saturday evening, Judi and Allison ran two full sisters, Gotta Lotta Quick and Gottalotta Cha Ching, products of their homegrown breeding program. Out of Lotta Merit, the 5- and 6-year-old mares are by the Rehm’s stallion, Perks The Man, who was Joe’s mount for the Region One Championship.
The evening prior, Allison led the 10-year-old stallion to the reserve title in aged stallions and first place in amateur stallions 3-&-over. The Rehms laughed at the fate of “Perks,” who, in that halter ring, seemed a far ways from his 2-year-old days as a barrel horse prospect in Oklahoma.
How the Rehms came about purchasing Perks is a story in and of itself. As they made their way to the 2005 Ford Youth World, the Rehms made a few stops around Oklahoma. They were looking for a stud prospect, and the son of Dash For Perks was exactly what they were looking for.
“Dash For Perks was a very well-known barrel stallion, so we wanted bring something to the Northwest that wasn’t here,” Judi told the Journal. “So we got him and he’s been fabulous.”
Another piece of tempting horseflesh on the Oklahoma property was the legend himself: Dash For Perks.
“Dash For Perks had not been ridden for several years,” Judi notes. “I wanted to get a picture of Allison sitting on Dash For Perks, so Fred Stanley was the owner and he said, ‘Well, if you go to Texas and you win the buckle, then you can sit on him.’
“When we came back up from Fort Worth to pick Perks up in Oklahoma, Allison had her buckle on.”
And Fred, a man of his word, obliged.
Allison saw more success over the rest of her youth years, including top 10 finishes in barrel racing, pole bending and stake race. Her final Ford Youth World in 2007 was particularly sweet, as she was running Ima Tru Skeeter, who was in foal to Perks The Man at the time. Allison also snatched the barrel racing reserve world championship that year aboard Crystals Ryon.
Following her final Ford Youth World, Allison was off to college at Colorado State University, where she obtained an equine science degree and a minor in business. Judi and Joe continued their breeding operation, crossing Perks on outside mares, as well as on their own. Particularly promising was the initial cross between Ima Tru Skeeter and Perks, which resulted in the 2008 mare Gottalotta Tru Heart.
“I had been riding (Gottalotta Tru Heart),” Judi says. “We lost her July 18.”
Without a doubt the loss is devastating to the Rehms.
“My goal was to qualify for the Novice Championships with Gottalotta Tru Heart, so I decided that I’m going to go ahead and try with (Gottalotta Cha Ching), even though she’s not as far along. But I’ll have a full year to try and get her up and going.
“So that’s our goal, and Allison’s going to try to qualify hers too,” Judi says. “I had wanted to run at the (Adequan) Select World on Gottalotta Tru Heart because when Allison ran Ima Tru Skeeter at the last Youth World Show, she was pregnant with ‘Famous.’ But that wasn’t meant to be, so we’ll take her half-sister.”
Following college, Allison worked at a ranch in Texas, where she helped set up their breeding program, then moseyed up to Oregon to work under a veterinarian who specialized in breeding and production. While there, Allison had an epiphany.
“I learned that I would rather just do it for myself with the long hours and everything else you have to put into horse breeding,” she says, explaining how she has since landed a job at Premera Blue Cross. “I decided I just wanted an everyday, Monday-Friday office job so I could go out, ride my horses and enjoy it.”
And Joe, a facility supervisor at Vigor Shipyard in Seattle, and Judi, a certified health coach, are certainly glad to have Allison back home again. The Rehms’ horse habit is a full-fledged family ordeal once more.
The AQHA Region One Championship was August 14-18 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington. Visit www.region1experience.com for the show schedule and more information.
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