By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalDecember 11, 2013
A Ruf Gal and AQHA Professional Horseman Pete Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas, compete in the CRI* at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. A Ruf Gal has been nominated for USEF Horse of the Year, and voting is open to all. (Journal photo)
Talk about #AQHAProud: An American Quarter Horse is in the running for U.S. Equestrian Federation Horse of the Year honors.
A Ruf Gal is a 2006 sorrel mare by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of My Topsail Gal by Topsail Whiz. She was bred by Green Valley Ranch of Aubrey, Texas, and is owned by Pete and Tamra Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas.
Pete, an AQHA Professional Horseman, has been riding A Ruf Gal in FEI reinings throughout the year, including at the CRI* reining at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, where the mare was also ninth in senior reining. She won the CRI 3* at the National Reining Horse Association Derby.
Pete also rides A Ruf Gal in his freestyle reining performances, such as his popular “What Does the Fox Say?” routine at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which placed second in the open division.
Before the World Show, A Ruf Gal had earned $91,646.34 in NRHA money and $5,868,70 in World Show earnings.
She was named 2013 USA Reining Horse of the Year and is nominated in the international division.
A Ruf Gal’s competitors are the 2002 Royal Dutch Sport Horse gelding Sam, owned by Misdee Wrigley-Miller, and Simon, a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Abigail Wexner.
Sam and his owner-driver represented the United States at the FEI World Driving Championship in pairs in Germany this year.
Simon, ridden by Beezie Madden, was part of the winning U.S. effort at the FEI National Cup and together, they won the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final title.
How to Vote
Go online to www.usef.org to cast your ballot, one per valid email address. Voting ends at midnight December 30, and the winners will be named January 14 during the 2014 USEF Pegasus Awards Gala. The equestrian of the year will be named at the same event. The last reiners to win the prestigious awards were Tom McCutcheon and Gunners Special Nite in 2010.
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