2011 Select World

Hunter Under Saddle

A winning team takes home another championship in hunter under saddle.

They’re a winning team.

Together, Must Be A Detail and Kerry Papendick of Rapid City, South Dakota, have now earned two world championships and one reserve world championship in hunter under saddle at the Adequan Select World Championship Show.

On August 31, they added one more gold trophy to that total with the world championship in hunter under saddle – again.

“Every time I get something done with ‘Stewie,’ it’s just a fun time, because if anybody knows Stewie, he is Stewie, and he’ll either give you 100 percent or he’ll give you 99 percent and look up in the crowd and go ‘ooh!’” Kerry told the Journal. “(Today) he was perfect. It was really really fun.”

Kerry and Stewie’s world championships were earned in 2007, 2010 and now in 2011. Their reserve world championship came in 2008.

The 2002 bay gelding has an even longer string of world championships with his trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Beth Case, and with Kerry’s daughters, Ali and Kristina. This year was a little different, though, as Ali and Kristina are both amateurs now.

“Usually, he goes to the (Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show) prior to coming to Select World, so my daughters got him tuned up and he’d been at the World Show and was ready to keep going,” Kerry said. “This time, it was up to me, and I think that being down in the Texas heat, I probably dropped about five or 10 pounds just getting ready.”

About a month before the show, Kerry went to Pilot Point, Texas, to train with Beth, but Kerry’s preparation time on finals day was quite a bit shorter. She and Stewie competed in western riding and had the length of the pole-bending finals – about 45 minutes – to change tack, clothing and mental directions for hunter under saddle. Despite the short time, Stewie was ready.

“He was on,” Kerry said. “We had gone in the western riding in the class prior to that, and so he was going right down the center like he had been (in the show arena) before. It was good. It was on.”

Kerry Papendick and Must Be A Detail

Must Be A Detail accepts congratulations with Kerry Papendick as they win hunter under saddle August 31. (Journal photo)