2011 Youth World
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
When you’re only 11, sometimes your mother sends your big sister to your interview.
That’s what happened to Kaylee Hamm of Phoenix, who won the world championship August 6 in 3-year-old mares at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. Her mom sent her 14-year-old sister, Monica, to sit in on Kaylee’s Journal interview to make sure Kaylee got all the answers right.
Kaylee’s win with Tearles N Fearles was her second. In 2010, Kaylee won aged geldings with RPL My Te Cheerful.
“This (championship) was way better than the other one, because my other (horse) was a boy, and he didn’t listen that much and this (mare) listened really well,” Kaylee said. “She was really good and she was really calm, and that’s all I expected.”
Tearles N Fearles is owned by Vernon Habighorst of Phoenix, Kaylee and Monica’s grandfather. She was the 2010 Select world champion in 2-year-old mares and reserve world champion in open 2-year-old mares.
AQHA Professional Horseman Ted Turner trains the horse at his Thackerville, Oklahoma, facility. Kaylee only got to work with Tearles N Fearles at shows. Working on setting up was important to her, and Monica agreed that Kaylee had done well.
“(The mare) did really well and listened really well to everything (Kaylee) asked for and that’s all we can ask for, whether she comes out first or last,” Monica said. “If the horse listens and she does what she’s supposed to do, that’s all that we ask for.”
The world championship was just a bonus.
Kaylee Hamm led Tearles N Fearles to the 3-year-old mares title. (Journal photo)