April 19, 2014
Top exhibitors are recognized at 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championships.
By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Alicia Rapp wins the amateur all-around award April 19 at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championships in Oklahoma City on Kelvins Spark. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos of all-around winners, scroll through the slide show above.)
Alicia Rapp drove 25 hours to show at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championships.
That’s 25 long, hard hours to get from Florida to Oklahoma.
And every minute of the drive was worth it, she said April 19 after winning the amateur all-around high-point award in Oklahoma City.
“It’s always a goal to be the all-around, but I came focusing on the events that I do well in – reining, ranch pleasure – and we did great,” she said. “We were reserve in reining, we were reserve in ranch pleasure, and we did the boxing for the first time and ended up seventh.”
Not bad for a rider who had been accustomed to showing equitation and hunters before she became a reiner.
“I started riding when I was 7, but I grew up showing hunters, so all of this western discipline is very new,” Alicia said. “Reining, cow horse and all of those things are all brand new to me. Every day is a learning process, for sure.”
She had the help of her horse, Kelvins Spark, and trainer Ted Chancey of Dover, Florida,
along the way.
“We love boxing,” she said. “‘Merle’ maybe more so than me. Merle knew a lot more about reining than I did. He has definitely taught me a lot of patience.”
Alicia says reining is a chance to go as fast as she can.
“And it’s socially acceptable!” she said.
She hopes to return in 2015.
“Everybody has been so friendly,” she said. “The facility is great. AQHA has done a fantastic job. I got cash in an envelope. I don’t know how much better that gets. It’s going to pay for half my fuel home.
“It’s very exciting to be the first all-around. That is a big, exciting award and achievement.”
Rookie High-Point Awards
– Teresa Triplitt of Gouldbusk, Texas, and Roo Starlet
2009 sorrel mare by Roo Star-Mist N Smokette by Lenas Wright On
– Hannah R. Gillmore of Hudson, Colorado, and Just Brakes
2003 palomino gelding by Mr Boomerjac-Jacs Looking Good by Jacs Aledo Bar
1. Lisa J. Jordan of Parker, Colorado, and Smart Little Coach
1997 bay gelding by Little Dors Lena-Misty Lee Okie by Kim’s Okie Leo
2. Ann Elizabeth Tebow of Piedmont, Oklahoma, and Doctor JJ
1997 bay gelding by Seco Tarr-Doctor Mona by Doc’s J Jay
3. Makenna Rasmussen of Omaha, Nebraska, and Chocolate Whiz Chic
2007 chestnut mare by Chocolate Chic Olena-Whiz A Bobbie by Topsail Cody
1. Dona Ramsteck of Loveland, Colorado, and BR Winning Rey
2007 sorrel gelding by TR Dual Rey-Lenas Putty Tat by High Brow Cat
2. Rhonda Johannesson of Gordon, Texas, and Trona Blue Boon
2006 blue roan mare by Duals Blue Boon-Dry Trona Muscat by Little Trona
3. Alison Brantley of Franktown, Colorado and Fletch Me If You Can
2003 chestnut gelding by Royal Fletch-Sug Sug Could by Doc’s Sug
1. Alicia Rapp of Tampa, Florida, and Kelvins Spark
2007 bay gelding by Kelvin Brownburn-Sheza Sanalena Pearl by Sanalena Spark
2. Emily Parry of Iliff, Colorado, and Peptomatic Lee
2006 bay gelding by Peptomatic-Misty Lee Okie by Kim’s Okie Leo
3. Kellie Herrington of Ponder, Texas, and Little Red Radar
2006 sorrel gelding by Jab O Lenas Son-Cinderella Nic by Reminic