by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Tammy Thompson Dyer and Hot Ones Only
Tammy Thompson Dyer was exploding with excitement at the announcement of her world championship in pleasure driving at the 2013 Adequan Select World Show.
Her elation was contagious!
Tammy said, “This is fun! I’m beaming can you tell?”
She received the Intermediate award and her first world championship with her well-decorated stallion, Hot Ones Only, aka "Bruno."
“Yes, this is my first world championship, and it’s with a guy that we raised.”
The family purchased Bruno’s dam when she was in foal and have had him since he was born.
His upbringing means that he is also very well taken care of. The animals are a part of the family. This includes Tammy’s Boston terrier, Tito, who hopped up into the cart for the win picture. She says that Bruno is just as spoiled.
“Brad has been feeding him blueberry wheat thins all week. He loves it. He’s such a kind boy. I feed him peppermints, and he never tries to bite, he’s never ugly,” said Tammy.
He is just an incredibly friendly and quiet stallion.
Hot Ones Only is by Invitation Only and out of Hot Shot Hit (TB). His great disposition, along with his fantastic breeding makes him an ideal sire. His foals are already making a splash in the show world with their accomplishments.
“His babies have been very successful. His very first foal crop showed this year. He had an All American Congress champion. I showed one of his 2-year-olds at the NSBA world show and won. His babies are great, so we’re just thrilled,” said Tammy.
Bruno has one of the most impressive resumes in this event in AQHA history. He has a total of nine world championships after today between his two events, hunter under saddle and pleasure driving.
The win is no surprise. If his record doesn’t speak for itself then his performance definitely does. He effortlessly floats around the arena, ears perked and responsive. That has been why he is so successful in these classes. The horses are judged on their movement, manners and expression. He enjoys his job and that is evident to everyone who watches.
“He loves it. He loves to go to the horse show. He gets into the arena and just lights up,” said Tammy, “Someone told me the other day that he is regal looking. And I thought, ‘That’s perfect. It fits him.’ ”
He has been successful in this class no matter who shows him. He is that versatile. Tammy’s daughter Sharnai (Thompson) has won pleasure driving and hunter under saddle a couple of times. Her trainer, Professional Horseman Charlie Cole showed him in open pleasure driving. AQHA Professional Horseman Beth Case has also had success with him in hunter under saddle.
“Charlie taught him the driving. He’s worked with Jason Martin with High Point. And Beth does the under-saddle stuff,” said Tammy.
He qualified in the pleasure driving for the (AQHA) World Show in November with Charlie, but Tammy isn’t sure if he’ll go.
She shrugged, “He has nothing to prove. It’s all for fun now.”
So Bruno is likely to head back to the breeding barn that Tammy pulled him out of in Arizona to qualify and compete at the Select show.
Needless to say, this stud horse is living the good life.
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Tammy is following suit. Now that her daughter is out of the nest and has her own job, she keeps herself busy with her own hobbies. Did you see the stunning black and white outfit that Tammy donned in the show pen? Well, that is just a side project.
“I actually make my show clothes. D Designs is mine. I started doing that on the side for fun, and now I just run with it,” said Tammy.
It would be a challenge to find a more appreciative, excited Select competitor in Amarillo than Tammy Dyer with her horse, Hot Ones Only.