by Mallory MartinThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Clay Farrell has been showing for 25 years, and he won his first world championship with You’ve Got A Prince in junior hunter hack at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
“Believe it or not, it’s my very first one,” Clay told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “I’ve been reserve, but this is the first world championship.”
The duo competed on November 16, and Clay was very pleased with how You've Got A Prince performed.
“It felt really good, he’s been a fun horse,” Clay said. “He’s a great jumper. I’ve never shown a horse ever in my 25 years of showing here that I had more fun on.”
The duo eased their way through the over fences portion of the class and had one minor mess up during the rail work portion of the class, his rider said.
“He was fabulous over the jumps,” Clay told the Journal in his winning run interview. “The only part that gave me a little bit of a worry was coming back in for the rail part. He tripped on the little ridge and broke up his rhythm, but he recovered from it and was really good on the rail. The judges appreciated his quality.”
Last year at the World Show, You've Got A Prince had top-10 finishes in junior hunter hack and junior working hunter.
“This was his second World Show, but he was much more seasoned this year,” Clay said.
Clay found You've Got A Prince two years ago for Ann and Chester Prince of Palmetto, Florida.
“I found him at a Quarter Horse show in Harriman, Tennessee,” Clay said. “I just liked him when I saw him going across the ring.”
What’s next for You've Got A Prince?
“He has a new owner already,” Clay told the Journal. “I sold him about three weeks before we came to the World Show, and they were gracious enough to allow me to bring and show him.”
The 5-year-old gelding was purchased by Amanda Meyers of Port Charlotte, Florida.
Youve Got A Prince and Clay Farrell