by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Regal Tequila and AQHA Professional Horseman Lainie DeBoer celebrate their win in junior hunter hack November 13 for Rick Bucholz at the AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
Just moments after winning senior hunter hack November 13 on Naturally Broke for owner Abbie Anne Skelton, AQHA Professional Horseman Lainie DeBoer had to turn around and go back in the ring for junior hunter hack at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
Lainie wasn’t worried, though.
She was on Regal Tequila, one of the most laid-back 5-year-olds a trainer could ever want to ride.
“The minute I picked up my canter, he was so relaxed,” she said. “His ears were bright and forward. He cantered to the first jump. I just remember him really studying that first jump. I thought, ‘This is going to be really fun.’ He just was lovely. He listened. He was so light and was just really a neat ride. When he landed, I knew I just had to get to that cone. He’s lazy, so I knew I had to get by the in-gate. As soon as I got past the in-gate, then I knew it was OK.”
Regal Tequila is a 2008 brown gelding by Regal Lark and out of Tejano Gal (TB) by Tejano Run. He was bred by Joan Cain of Vero Becah, Florida, and is owned by Rick Bucholz of Waterloo, Nebraska.
After jumping the two jumps set in a line for the junior horses, it was time for the hack portion of the class.
“He was great,” Lainie said. “We just changed his bit. I’ve had a lot of trouble with him on the flat, and he moves his head up and down and all around. I went to a clinic right before I came here.”
The clinician thought “Uno” might have a low palate and suggested a straight rubber bit.
“She had one, and we put it in, and it was the answer,” Lainie said. “It was like the skies opened up. I was a little nervous because I haven’t done him in a real flat class with just that rubber bit, but he has been so good, and when I went in there he was just – it was just really easy. I wish I had thought of this a long time ago.”
Their smooth performance at the World Show earned them first from two judges, second from two judges and fourth from the fifth for an overall world championship title.
“He’s a totally laid-back guy,” Lainie said. “He doesn’t get on the longe line very much. He’s one of those you can just hop on. He goes in a rubber bit. He puts about as much effort as he needs to into it. He will be laying on his side tomorrow, I’m sure, and I literally got him out for 10-15 minutes and walked and that was about it, getting ready for the class. Pretty cool for a 5-year-old.”
In fact, Uno is so cool that Lainie has plans to put his Select owner, Lori Bucholz, on him next year for a few jumps.
“He’s really good-minded,” Lainie said. “I just kept seeing how good his personality was, how quiet he was and I thought, ‘You know, it’s kind of crazy to pair a Select with a young horse, but he’s got an old soul.”
An old soul with a world championship.
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