2011 Select World
by Becky NewellThe American Quarter Horse Journal
"Darn That Kat!" is probably what Clifford Hodge mumbled after Darn That Kat and Dr. Scott Myers won the jump-off in :24.794 on the last day of the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
"He beat me by a tenth of a point last year!" Clifford told the Journal after the finals. "And he beat me the year before. But I'll be back next year."
That's right, this is Dr. Myers' and "Sylvester's" third Select jumping world championship. Dr. Myers and his wife, Dr. Leslie Myers, have owned the gray gelding since 2003.
"We bought him for my wife and daughter, then passed him on to our youngest daughter," Dr. Scott Myers said. "Most recently, my younger daughter has been showing him, and he's been a phenomenal show horse for us."
Sylvester's accomplishments include all-around youth at the All American Quarter Horse Congress with both of the Myers' daughters, 2004 open reserve world champion in senior hunter hack, 2009 Select reserve world champion in hunter hack, AQHA performance championships in amateur and youth, 2006 youth reserve world championship in equitation over fences, 2009 Select world championship in equitation over fences, 2009 youth reserve world championship in jumping, 2009 Select world championship in jumping, 2010 youth reserve world championship in jumping, and 2010 Select world champion in jumping.
Also, in 2009, Dr. Scott Myers was the reserve all-around exhibitor at the Adequan Select World.
So how hard is it to find a horse on which the whole family can compete?
"It's tough," Dr. Scott Myers said. "But we look for a good-quality, quiet horse. And from the beginning, we look for something we can all compete on. And if a horse won't work for all of us, then we're probably not interested. We have a great trainer in Alfred Hewitt, and he recognizes the difference in the abilities of all of our family members. He's able to pair that up with the horse, and that really brings out the best in every horse show we go to."
Dr. Scott Myers of Sharon Center, Ohio, and Darn That Kat snagged the jumping world championship at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo.