By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalOctober 28, 2013
AQHA Professional Horseman Jay Starnes rides Its Best To Be Hot to the win in 2-year-old western pleasure for owners Gavin and Rebecca Rawlings of Australia. (Jeff Kirkbride photo)
Young horses with a lot of talent strutted into the show pen October 26 during the English and western masters classes for 2-year-olds at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio.
In the end, two fillies trotted out with titles and big checks in the western pleasure and hunter under saddle classes.
On the western side, AQHA Professional Horseman Jay Starnes of Summerton, North Carolina rode Its Best To Be Hot to the title, picking up a check for $50,000 for owners Gavin and Rebecca Rawlings of Australia.
Its Best To Be Hot is a 2011 black mare by RL Best of Sudden and out of One Hot Mouse by One Hot Krymsun. She was bred by Voge Quarter Horses of Whitesboro, Texas.
“She’s a very stout filly,” Jay told the Journal. “She’s black and pretty. She kind has all the traits (of a winner). She does all the gears well, but she’s also big and pretty.”
Gavin and Rebecca bought the mare in 2012 as a yearling at the Reichert Celebration, and she trailered home with Jay from that show to spend the next 13 months in training with him.
“She has been at the house ever since,” Jay said. “She’s been good. She’s been very trainable for the most part. She takes things pretty well. She’s been a good horse to be around for the most part.”
Training is one thing, but the pressure of the Celeste arena and the huge crowd is something else.
“She was really good in the show pen as far as when we were showing,” Jay said. “She got a little rattled with the crowd afterward. As far showing went, she showed really well.”
Judges for the western pleasure class were Mike Hay, Will Knabenshue, Jennifer Leckey and Chad Evans.
On the English side, Al Be Desirable delivered a $25,000 paycheck to owner Patricia Hunt of San Juan Capistrano, California, with AQHA Professional Horseman Nancy Sue Ryan of Nocona, Texas, in the irons.
Al Be Desirable is a 2011 bay mare by Allocate Your Assets and out of Your Arts Desire by Art I Sweet. She was bred by Katherine Tobin of Scottsdale, Arizona.
“Jim and Deanna Searles (of Scottsdale, Arizona) asked me if I would show the mare,” Nancy Sue said. “I rode her twice before the show; they had her prepared, of course. She was nervous when we first went into the arena but she settled down and showed. It was fun!”
Another “fun thing” for Nancy Sue is that the mare is out of one of the longtime breeder’s best mare families. Nancy Sue bred Al Be Desirable’s second dam, Sweet Talk Me, out of the good mare Me Miss Astaire, dam of six point earners with 1,869 total points including 2001 senior hunter under saddle world champion Marmaluke.
“(This mare) has a beautiful trot and is really light in her face and soft in her legs,” Nancy Sue added. “She was easy: I just had to direct her and keep everything going forward. She was tight, a little nervous, but she trusted me. She was a nice mare to show. It was great.”
Judges for the hunter under saddle class were Sissy Anderson, Bruce Walquist, Mike hay and Steve Meadows.
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