by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Sizzlin Redneck and Brian Foushee race to victory November 9 in junior pole bending at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. (Journal photo)
Brian Foushee of Brandenburg, Kentucky, entered the Jim Norick Coliseum with a wealth of experience November 9 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
It wasn't the speed-event trainer's first trip to the World Show.
“I’ve been here several times, and I’ve had second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth,” Brian said in his exclusive Journal interview. “I’ve never won it, though.”
This year, the elements were all in place. For the 2013 junior pole bending finals, Brian was riding Sizzlin Redneck, a 2009 sorrel gelding by Redneck Jet and out of Bustin Out Rubys by Sonnys Buster.
“(In the preliminaries November 8), it was pretty deep out there when I ran, but he had a good run,” Brian said. “He ran a 20.595.”
That time put Brian and “Sizzle” in fifth place for the preliminaries, but Brian knew that because in the finals, speed contestants work in backward order, he would have an advantage.
“I knew I was going to be first out after the last drag, so I was going to have some good ground,” he said. “In the finals here, I thought, ‘I just have to ride like I have all year long.’ I just went for it and I ran that 19.952. It was really exciting. It’s the first time I’ve ever won a world championship, and it was so exciting.”
That 19.952 wasn’t just good for Brian’s first world championship – it was Sizzle’s as well, a cap to a terrific year for the gelding.
“I bought that horse from my brother-in-law as a yearling,” Brian said. “He raised (the horse), and then I got him trained and got him started. As a 3-year-old, (Sizzle) ran 19s. I sold him to a friend of mine name of Jeff Michael up in Pennsylvania, and he owns him now. I’ve been riding (Sizzle) all year long for him. We won the Kentucky State Fair. We won the Congress, and now we’ve won the World Show, so I’m real proud of the horse. He’s a nice horse.”
Brian was riding for his granddaughter, Addy, he said.
“I love her to death,” he said. “I did it for her. She’ll be 2 years old this month. She calls me ‘Poo-Paw.’ My boys started that stuff. I want to thank all my friends and everybody for supporting me down here. It was really nice.”
Brian planned to take his horses next to the North American International Livestock Show in Louisville, Kentucky, "and then they get a rest for the winter,” he said. “I’ll be back (next year) and I hope I’m on the same horses.”
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