by Mallory MartinThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Today, AQHA Professional Horseman Lainie Deboer and Whenitallgoessouth surpassed their goals at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show and captured the gold in progressive working hunter.
“I went first, which is always a little hard,” Lainie told The American Quarter Horse Journal in her winning run interview. “I just took it a fence at a time. He’s really green; we’ve only shown him five times. He just really dialed in and was wonderful. He was really smooth and rhythmic. All the qualities that I like about him came through.”
Lainie and Whenitallgoessouth have only been working together for a year.
"We bought him here a year ago. He was an under saddle horse that didn’t quite make it. So we’ve spent this whole year getting him in shape. We’ve only shown him a limited amount because we didn’t really want to toss a lot at him.”
Lainie is very pleased with the 5-year-old gelding owned by longtime amateur exhibitor Jessica Johnson of Pickerington, Ohio.
“We’ve been grooming him to become an amateur horse for Jessie.” Lainie told the Journal. “She got in the finals in the amateur and that was our biggest goal.”
During Bank of America Amateur Week, Jessica and Whenitallgoessouth placed seventh in amateur working hunter.
After winning progressive working hunter, Lainie also showed the gelding to a third place finish in junior working hunter.
The duo will be competing in junior hunter hack at the World Show on November 15, and Lainie is ready.
“I can’t wait, I’m excited.” Lainie said. “I look forward to showing him.”
Whenitallgoessouth and Lainie DeBoer