by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Indefinable and Tina Freeland
An AQHA world championship title could not have been awarded to a more gracious, down-to-earth woman than Tina Freeland.
On November 14, the horsewoman from Corryton, Tennessee, earned her very first gold with her 3-year-old gelding, Indefinable.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “I was pretty surprised. I have a really nice horse, but I never thought that we would be world champions.”
When she exited the arena with her armful of goodies, she was greeted by an impressive group. They were all just as elated by the outcome of the class as she was.
“My mom is with me," Tina said. "I have a lot of friends from my state, Tennessee, and people that I’ve shown with for a long time. My trainers, of course are here, too.”
Part of the reason she has such a large AQHA family is that she not only enjoys the horse showing world as a hobby but also as a career.
“I band and braid manes at horse shows,” Tina said. “I’ve got to pay for the horse showing!”
You may wonder how she lucked into such a "sweet" setup.
“I’ve been doing it for awhile. I’ve always done my own horses and then people would be like, ‘Hey, you do a really good job. Will you do mine?’ " Tina laughed.
The rest is history.
“They’d hire me to do theirs and I thought, ‘Hey, this is kind of a cool job.’ I can still have the flexibility to go show the horses but I’m still working. I don’t have to take time off. It can be a little stressful to juggle.”
Tina has a very hands-on approach to showing.
While her halter horses are at the trainers with Ron Stratton, she keeps her riding horses at home so she can ride regularly.
Tina is a multi-event competitor.
She started with hunter/jumper horses and has moved to other events, including halter. She also competes in western events like reining, western riding and trail. She continues to compete in hunter under saddle and equitation.
“My favorite class is trail now," Tina said. "I really do enjoy the halter. I enjoy getting the horses to show expression, set up well and show to the best of their ability.”
Her gelding, Indefinable, is by Mr Elusive and out of Shez Wild N Wicked by PJ Prophetic Razzle.
“We bought him from the (Adequan) Select World (Championship Show). He was a yearling stallion when we bought him. We saw him and thought he had a lot of potential. We ended up gelding him. He’s been a great horse,” Tina said.
Everyone in her family has had a chance to show him with varied levels of success, but nothing compares to her world championship win today at the World Show.
“We came to our first Quarter Horse show in 2004. I brought my over fences horse to show. Everyone was so nice! It was so much fun that we decided to stay.”
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