Mallory Myers rides Stroke For Stroke to her first world championship of the day. (Journal photo)
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Mallory Myers of Sharon Center, Ohio, jumped her way to two world championships August 6 at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
“Feels great to know all the hard work we put in pays off,” said the 18-year-old. “It’s just a good feeling.”
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First, Mallory rode Stroke For Stroke to gold in working hunter.
“My horse was really great,” she said. “I couldn’t expect more from him. He was pretty much perfect throughout the entire course.”
Stroke For Stroke is a 2001 brown gelding by Stroke Of Luke and out of the Thoroughbred mare Beasweet Surprise by Be A Prospect and was bred by AQHA judge Nancy Sun Ryan of Nocona, Texas,
“ 'Arnold’ is a really good horse,” Mallory said. “We’ve had him a couple of years now, and he’s been really great. He has his moments, but overall he’s been a really fun horse.”
Arnold is owned by Mallory’s dad, Dr. Scott Myers, who also shows the horse.
“Every now and then, my dad takes him, and he’s done really well with him at Select World,” Mallory said. “My mom used to show him as well.”
After riding out of the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park with one gold in hand, Mallory had to change horses to Darn That Kat and ride back into the arena for jumping.
“He’s a really easy horse to get ready to go in on and makes it really easy to switch from one to the other because he’s so simple,” she said. “He’s just really good.”
Darn That Kat is a 1997 gray gelding by Kat Man Zip and out of the Thoroughbred mare Devin’s Belle by Darn That Alarm. He was bred by Pamela Myers, and Helen and Walter Sohl of Leslie, Missouri.
“Sylvester” has multiple year-end top-10 placings along with seven world championships and five reserve world championships. In 2009 and 2011, he was Dr. Myers' mount for the Farnam Select Reserve All-Around Amateur Award. In 2012, Mallory rode him to the youth world championship.
The hardest part of getting ready between classes, Mallory said, was remembering a new course.
“He’s my favorite horse,” she said. “He’s simple and really easy. He’s got a great personality for a horse. He’s just a lot of fun.”
After a clean first round, they came back for the jump-off, working second in the draw. Mallory picked a tight bending line that was only possible because Sylvester is so responsive in the ring. She and AQHA Professional Horseman Alfred Hewitt of Loxahachie, Florida, knew Sylvester could handle the quick turns.
“We talked about that and trying to set the bar high and get a good time and make turns that would make other people have to go fast,” Mallory said. “We knew those were our strengths.”