by Jody ReynoldsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Courtney Suzanne Brockmueller pats Allocate In Blue as they win a world championship November 13 in amateur hunter under saddle at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
Courtney Suzanne Brockmueller had a lot to juggle as she entered the amateur hunter under saddle finals arena November 13 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show: She was riding a 3-year-old gelding who she hasn’t been able to put many hours on this year; she just got out of the hospital an hour ago; and, one more thing, she’s pregnant.
But none of that bothered her. She wanted to go out and have the best ride she could on a horse that holds a big piece of her heart.
To her delight, Allocate In Blue, a 2010 gray gelding, gave her an awesome ride for the world championship and the gold trophy.
“I’m overjoyed,” she said. “We always believed in him. It’s been an up-and-down kind of year, but he really came to the party here. My mom (AQHA Professional Horseman Nancy Sue Ryan) did a great job getting him ready for me. I’ve had a little bit of a rough pregnancy and haven’t been able to ride as much. She’s really done a great job with him. He really just wanted to be a show horse. It’s so nice for everybody else to believe in him like we have.”
Courtney, an AQHA 10-year breeder, said when she realized she and “Big Sky” were in the top 10, she was elated.
“That was my personal goal with a 3 year old,” she said. “He was born late and hasn’t shown much. For a 3 year old to be top 10 here is a huge honor. I had a private dream of being top five. Mom had him so ready. He rode so great, even in the prelims. I really, really wanted to show him today.”
Courtney bounced back quickly from a morning trip to the hospital for sickness, and she says Big Sky took care of her.
“He did all the work and let me just worry about breathing in and out and staying where we needed to on the rail,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for him to be any better.”
She commended the other 14 riders in the arena with her.
“We were discussing in the lineup what a nice solid group of horses it was,” she said. “That’s what it is every year when you come here. You’ve got to be tickled to be in that top 15. It’s a nice group of horses and people totally capable of piloting them to be winners.”
Courtney said being pregnant didn’t affect her ride much, other than the fact that she is short of breath. When she’s done riding, she says baby Brim Brockmueller kicks as if to say, “What’s going on? Why aren’t we still going?”
Courtney was glad to have her new husband, Mark Brockmueller, and her 85-year-old nana in attendance.
This is Courtney’s last ride for a while. Big Sky will be ridden during open week by AQHA Professional Horseman Deanna Searles.
“This is a dream,” she said. “I hope nobody pinches me. Once in a lifetime, it really is.
“He really picked the right time to figure it out and be a player," she continued. "I’m really excited for him. I always believed in him. It just took him a while to believe in himself. He’s so talented and athletic. He’s got a big future."
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