2013 Youth World
by Alicia HarrisThe American Quarter Horse Journal
The calf had had enough and quickly made a fast break for the far end of the arena. In the blink of an eye, Addison Fjelstad and Mini Mes Mercedes were hot on its tail, pushing it back to the gate.
Back in the line up, Addison waited anxiously to hear her name called. Riders filed out of the arena one by one until she was the only one left. She had won the boxing title at the 2013 Built Ford Tough Youth World Championship Show.
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“I didn’t think I was going to get it,” Addison said. “We had a bad cow, and I was like, ‘Well, there it goes.’ ”
“It was really fun,” Addison added. “I wasn’t ready to go down the fence … (The cow) wouldn’t move and then when I got close enough, I kind of got a little fast and went past him a little … I was really happy with my reining. He was better than he usually is. The cow, I was a little worried about that, but we did pretty good.”
This win was not only her first world championship, but it was her first Ford Youth World, as well. She was all smiles as she made her way out of the arena, and her family shared the joy.
“My grandma was crying,” Addison recalled.
Addison and “Mini Me” have had a busy week at the Ford Youth World. They competed in the first ranch pleasure finals offered in the youth division, then they also competed in the reining and cutting prelims. Addison has owned Mini Me for less than a year now, and she has had a lot of fun showing him. Addison’s trainer, Monty Bruce, has been working with her for the past three years, and helped her come a long way with the horse in just a short amount of time.
“He’s pretty cool,” Addison said about her horse. “He was a cutter before he was trained for the reining, so he’s usually pretty cool on a cow. He’s just really sweet.”
Of all the events Addison has competed in, she says that boxing is by far her favorite. This past year was a learning experience for her, and she says she plans on returning to the Ford Youth World next year.
“It has been really fun. I really like it.”
Addison Fjelstad and Mini Mes Mercedes. (Journal photo)