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Journal at the World

November 13, 2013

Amateur Returns to Showing

After a long break in showing, Sarah Reeder returns to compete at her first AQHA World Championship Show.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal

Sarah Reeder

Sarah Reeder and Koko Chanel placed first in Intermediate and eighth overall in amateur yearling mares at the 2013 AQHA World Show. (Journal photo)

This isn’t just Sarah Reeder’s first year back in showing – it’s her first year at the AQHA World Championship Show.

“I had an all-around horse named Foster Boss, and my husband did the halter horses and I got into it with him,” Sarah told the Journal. “He was (showing) first thing in the morning, then I was doing the all-around stuff, so I donated my rider to William Woods University.”

Sarah and her husband, David, were out of showing for several years but they were still friends with their former trainer, and when they went for a visit, they toured the barn.

“So we went over to visit them and they had a bunch of new babies, and I got the fever and ended up buying one of the babies and then started showing again,” she said.

Her new horse is Koko Chanel, a 2012 chestnut mare by Self Employed and out of Ms Sweet Sugar Clue by Cluition. The mare was bred by Julia B. Roth of Canyon Lake, Texas.

“The name was meant for me,” Sarah said with a laugh.

That was in February, and from then, it was a whirlwind of showing, with trainer Kathi Lawrence of Carthage, Missouri, fitting “Koko.”

“We went to Tunica and Jackson and then (AQHA Professional Horseman) Ted (Turner Jr.) showed her a few times in open,” Sarah said. “I’ve shown her in Sedalia, I’ve shown her in Tulsa. It’s kind of hard to qualify, because for amateur yearlings, there weren’t that many. So you would show up and there wouldn’t be enough in the class to get points. She got qualified in open and was invited in amateur. That’s nice after all that work.”

Sarah had never qualified for the AQHA World Show before.

“I got qualified and it was a goal – I’d never done it before and thought when you have the opportunity, (you ought to do it),” Sarah said. “And she’s a really nice horse and Kathi did a really nice job fitting her.”

Sarah said the World Show lives up to her expectations of a horse show.

“It’s nice,” she said. “It’s fancy. When I started showing again, I was at a little local arena, and I was saying, ‘This isn’t as glamorous as I remember!’ But here, it is as glamorous as I remember.”

Sarah showed November 13, placing first in Intermediate and eighth overall. She planned to go out to eat to celebrate.

“I was thinking on the way (to Oklahoma City) that what we do is faith, food and horses,” she said. “Faith in God, faith in my horse, and I love to go eat after we show.”