Dr. Scott Myers of Sharon Center, Ohio, guides Capture The Flag to a world championship September 3 at the Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
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by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
The substitute wins
Dr. Scott Myers of Sharon Center, Ohio, didn’t intend to show Capture The Flag at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
An injury to his first-string horse, though, meant “Radar” got the call for hunter hack September 3.
“I was the first to go, so it’s always nerve-wracking to be the first to go but we had the horse ready and he’s a great horse,” Dr. Myers said. “We went in there and practiced, and he went down the line just like he’s supposed to. The rail work was good, too, so we had a good day.”
The judges thought so, too, with Dr. Myers and Radar placing first under three of the five judges to capture the gold trophy and the world championship, Radar’s first.
It’s not his first time in the show ring, though. Dr. Myers and his wife, Dr. Leslie Myers, bought Radar for their daughter Taylor to show.
“She showed him at the (Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show) this year and was top 10 in two different classes,” Dr. Scott Myers said. “This is my first time competing at the (Adequan) Select World with him.”
Capture The Flag is a 2002 black gelding by The Last Captive and out of the Thoroughbred mare Magic Image by Castle Magic. He was bred by Professional Auction Services of Berryville, Virginia.
At the Ford Youth World, Taylor and Radar were ninth in working hunter and 10th in hunter hack.
“I know that he’s always capable,” Dr. Myers said. “We brought this one at the last minute, not knowing exactly how well he would do. He just came through for us.”
Dr. Myers and his family train with Alfred Hewitt of Loxahatchee, Florida, and Dr. Myers competed in all the over-fences classes September 3, picking up his third world championship in jumping with Darn That Kat. Neither of his trophies came in his favorite class.
“I like the working hunter the best,” he said. “It’s my favorite. The jumping class is so exciting. It’s really fun. It’s really quick, but to get the perfect cadence and on-stride and the perfect jump, that’s a big, big challenge, so that’s my favorite.”
Dr. Myers and Radar also placed second in the Farnam All-Around Amateur standings for the second year in a row.