A Dream Comes True

A Dream Comes True

Select exhibitor Pam Herz's first horse wins Level 1 amateur performance halter mares at the 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships.

Pam Herz of Three Rivers, Michigan, shows Chip Skip N Repeat at the 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships.

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By Larri Jo Starkey

When Tiffany Pattison of Nutrena Feeds needed a model horse for the educational nutrition series, Pam Herz volunteered her mare.

To Pam, Chip Skip N Repeat is the most beautiful horse ever foaled -- a model horse. She’s also the fulfillment of a dream.

“I’ve had the dream from the time I was 3 years old and never had a horse until I’m Select age now,” she said. 

Pam bought “Iva Jean” on the advice of AQHA Professional Horsewoman Christa Baldwin, who scoured the earth to find the perfect horse for Pam.

Chip Skip N Repeat is a 2012 black mare by Repeated In Red and out of Black In The Berries by Dont Skip Charlie. She was bred by Libby Trucco of Delaware, Ohio. Pam, who lives in Three Rivers, Michigan, bought the mare from Melissa Street of Polson, Montana.

“She was a really special mare, so I was looking for a special home for her,” Melissa said. “I can tell that Pam loves her as much as I did.”

Pam bought the mare in July 2018 and showed her in May at the 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships in Wilmington, Ohio, in halter and Rookie walk-trot amateur classes. Pam and Iva Jean won performance halter mares – an unexpected surprise.

“It was surreal,” Pam said. “I didn’t understand how there were so many (horses) left (in the class), because this is so new to me. I was just waiting and then when they called my name – and then when I saw Melissa coming out and she was the one who presented the trophy to me – it was surreal to me. This is a dream come true.”

Iva Jean lives with Christa, and Pam drives five hours twice a week to ride her.

“We have our lessons, and I leave there just on a high every single time,” Pam said. “She’s as sweet inside as she is beautiful. She’s just the nicest mare. She tries so hard for me.”

Pam and Iva Jean are competing in walk-trot classes at the Nutrena East, but they expect to start loping soon.

It’s the continuation of Pam’s dream.

Watch Tiffany’s talk on nutrition, weight taping, body score and topline score, which appeared live in the AQHA Facebook event for the 2019 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships