Oh So Righteous and Alexandria "Lexi" Tan
by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Eleven-year-old Lexi Tan of Sherman, Texas, walked out of an AQHA world show arena August 3 with a gold trophy and American Quarter Horse filly Oh So Righteous, aka "Ohso."
The pair won the 2013 youth world championship in yearling fillies at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The filly won the 2012 Select weanling fillies world championship at last year’s Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo with Lonn Smallwood of Pilot Point, Texas.
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The filly, by Righteous Mister and out of Fancy Me A Cool Kid by Im Kidden, was bred and is owned by Lexi's uncle, John Tan of Dallas. Lexi's father, James, showed the filly's full brother, Righteous Endeavor, to the 2011 amateur weanling geldings world championship.
“I thought I could win, but I was a little nervous,” Lexi told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “(When we show,) she’s good in the beginning and she’s perfect. But after a while, she gets tired and starts moving around.”
This is Lexi’s first year to show the filly; her family has had horses as long as she can remember and she enjoys showing: "It’s really exciting."
The Tans have their horses with AQHA Professional Horseman Kathy Smallwood and her husband, Lonn, of Pilot Point, Texas, who also bred and showed Ohso’s sire, Righteous Mister.
“I was going (to the Smallwood's) once a week to practice and work with her,” Lexi said of her halter training schedule. “We would do different things. We would work on walking her, and keeping her calm and make sure she wouldn’t act up, and practice setting her up."
Her parents, James and Tiffany Tan, along with little brother, Michael, were in the stands to cheer her on. Dad James and trainer Kathy had this advice for her before she went in: “Remember to say, 'Whoa,' to help her keep still.”
Ohso might be headed to another AQHA world show with James. But Lexi’s Ford Youth World isn’t over yet – she has 2-year-old gelding Righteous Endeavor to show August 4.