By American Quarter Horse Journal editor Andrea Caudill
Tiny little Kyrah Bowker and great big Dress Western Gold make a good team.
At the AQHA West Level 1 Championship Show, the gold horse has already collected several gold horse trophies for his owner, a sixth-grader with a passion for horses.
Kyrah has been with horses her whole life. She and her parents, Kurt and Kristine Bowker, live a mile from the barn. Kristine is a professional trainer and operates Kiss The Moon Equestrian Center in Moriarty, New Mexico, which is located just outside of Albuquerque.
“I’ve always loved horses,” Kyrah says. “I started out with a little Paint and moved into Quarter Horse and Appaloosa. I just always loved it.”
Dress Western Gold, aka “Tex,” is a 2007 gelding by Dress Western and out of the Reinvest In Gold mare Reinvest In Blondie. He was bred by Jennifer Hagen of Milford, Texas.
Kyrah got the horse early last year, when she was needing a horse to step up to.
“He used to be one of my mom’s customer’s horses,” Kyrah explains. “She didn’t really fit with him, so she put him up for sale. My mom had ridden him, and I needed a new horse – I was on a little tiny red mare and needed an upgrade. So we bought him.”
The pair are clicking, and have proved formidable at the AQHA West Level 1 Championship, bringing home, among other awards, wins in the Level 1 Youth Hunt Seat Equitation 13 & Under and Level 1 Youth Hunter Under Saddle 13 & Under, and a silver trophy in the Youth Showmanship 13 And Under. The gelding loves Smarties candy, and he’s definitely gotten some at this show.
“He’s a very good all-arounder. He’s do just about everything,” Kyrah says. “Tex came very unseasoned, so he’s come a very long ways and it’s really shown at this show. It’s been really nice.”
While Kyrah is doing all the all-around classes, her favorite class, she says, is equitation.
“I really like it,” she says. “I like the hunters a little more than the pleasure, and I always liked working on position and that fancy-mancy stuff.”
Outside of school, she says she has a soft spot for gymnastics, but most of her energy is focused in the horses and the barn.
“It helps when you live in a house where the barn is a mile down the road!” she says.
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