November 16, 2013
By Becky NewellThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Nicole Barnes and The Perfect Kryme
My job at the 2013 AQHA World Show is to download and process the thousands of photos shot by the staff of The American Quarter Horse Journal and to also run the video camera for most of the interviews that the staff conducts with the world champions. This gives me the exclusive chance to see the complete “thrill of victory” and the agony of … well … “we’ll do better next year.”
As the Journal staff talked through the highlights of the Bank of America Amateur Week Friday night, we noticed that really the only time the competitors shed tears of joy is when they talk about the horse – or how they acquired the horse – that carried them to a world championship, proving once again that it’s all about the horse.
In our amateur week debriefing, we also realized just how many amateur exhibitors had won their first AQHA World Show gold trophy. That included Jennifer Arnold, who after being encouraged by amateur barrel racer Johnna Dobbs to compete at the AQHA World Show, not only won the amateur barrel racing, but did so on her very first World Show trip.
Here are some other stories from amateur week:
This week, world championships were awarded for the first time in amateur ranch horse pleasure, as well as amateur stake race.
And then, there’s the 2013 Farnam All-Around Award. Within a span of 24 hours, amateur Meghan O’Malley won three gold trophies, one of which was in a class she considers more of a “warm-up class” for her and A Chanceof Blueskies, her 2002 buckskin mare. Those three gold trophies suddenly vaulted the Meghan and “Lucy” into the Farnam All-Around Amateur race, an award that wasn’t even on the radar for Meghan, whose mother claims that random babies, her daughter included, are selected by a fairy to become horse crazy.