by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
In 2002, Tamara Blaeser supervised as Look At This Asset was foaled.
“I raised him, and I’ve been showing him,” she says. “I started longe-lining him, and then I worked on his AQHA Championship and we got that in amateur and then they came out with performance halter, and we thought it would be great to put him in that.”
Tamara, no novice to showing halter, enlisted AQHA Professional Horseman Kathy Smallwood to help fit “Tommy” for halter, and in 2008 and 2009, Tamara showed him at the AQHA World Championship Show.
“I was reserve champion last year, so I figured third time was hopefully going to be the charm,” she says. “And it was.”
Tamara isn’t the only person who has won a trophy with Tommy. Her 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, showed the horse to a reserve world championship at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show this year as well. But Tommy was a little better behaved for daughter than for mother.
“We call him a hot potato,” Tamara says. “He’s really hot. Going in today, I could have just crawled in a hole because he kicked out when I first started going in and I was really afraid that he might have hit his back foot or something. But once we got in and started showing he was fine. It was just going into the gate that he’s really hot.”
Hannah wants to take Tommy to the Ford Youth World again.
“I don’t know if (my) nerves can handle it or not, because she said that she wants to go for that gold trophy, and she wanted to get it before I did,” Tamara says, with a grin, “but I beat her.”
Tamara Blaeser and Look At This Asset