2013 Youth World
by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
“As soon as they started calling numbers, I was, like, I don’t really care!”
Megan Overberg of Hillsboro, Ohio, was just happy to make the horsemanship finals at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. When it came time to line up for the awards, she was already happy with her 1996 gelding, Invitation To Show, no matter what.
“Two years in a row, I had made the last cut before the finals,” she told The American Quarter Horse Journal, “and I had been one of the four or five that didn’t make the finals. So I was sitting there (after the August 3 preliminary goes) thinking, ‘Oh, I’m glad I’m here,’ kind of expecting the same thing to happen. And then they called my number for the finals and I was, like, ‘Wait, this is crazy! I’m going!’ I was really excited. It was all downhill from there.”
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Tenth in the finals go August 6, Megan was confident as she rode “Little Bit” through the pattern that included a straight line lead change, extended trot down to a jog and a difficult lope to trot transition soon after a corner.
“He was really good,” she said, “it worked out for us.”
The pair walked out with the world championship title and a gold trophy.
She was most worried about the trot: “I was worried that when we slowed down from the extended trot that he would walk, but thankfully, he did not.
“We rode this morning and tried to find spots so that we would have equal distances and everything would look smooth. We had to readjust some things, and (AQHA Professional Horseman Brent Tincher) helped a lot. It worked!”
Megan calls Little Bit her “little miracle.”
“He has been through a lot, and he wasn’t supposed to last as long as he has,” she explained. “He’s 17. It’s just been kind of the maintenance issues that come with an older horse.
“But he just keeps, day-after-day, overcoming different odds. Brent is really good with him, and knows when to back off and when to push him a little harder. I’m just thankful that he’s still helping me out.”
By Invitation Only and out of Miss Double Show by Showboy Flit, Little Bit was bred by Charles Morris of Omaha, Nebraska. He’s a multiple Ford Youth World qualifier in several English and western all-around events, and has earned multiple youth Superiors, AQHA Champion awards, and performance and halter Registers of Merit. Megan has owned him since 2007.
“My mom (Julie) used to show when she was little, and we’ve always had horses at our house for as long as I can remember,” Megan said. “She took me and my sister out one day and we liked it and it went from there.”
Megan’s parents, Don and Julie Overberg, her sister, Mallory, and her grandmother, Patricia Gunther, were all in the stands to cheer her on.
“I just want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be here, this is incredible,” Megan said. “And a few years ago we didn’t know if (Little Bit would) make it another year, and now he’s a champion! He’s always been my champion.
“He’s my little blessing.”
Megan Overberg and Invitation To Show win the 2013 youth world championship in horsemanship.