By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalOctober 16, 2013
AQHA Professional Horseman Nancy Sue Ryan wins junior hunter under saddle October 16 with Whenonlythebestwildo for owner Barry Falkenham of Italy Cross, Nova Scotia. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos, scroll to the slide show below.
More horses and exhibitors are getting their turns in the ring as the All American Quarter Horse Congress continues, with one per class going home with the Don Bell-designed Congress bronze trophy.
On October 16, one of those winners was Barry V. Falkenham of Italy Cross, Nova Scotia, whose 4-year-old mare Whenolythebestwildo won junior hunter under saddle with AQHA Professional Horseman Nancy Sue Ryan in the irons.
“Big Winnie” is a 2009 brown mare by Coats N Tails and out of Fun Lovin Luke by Luke At Me. She was bred by John S. Narmont of Auburn, Illinois, and Barry purchased her as a 2-year-old.
“She is a lovely big 4-year-old mare,” Nancy Sue said. “She won the 3-year-old class here last year, and she has only shown about six times this year. She’s a lovely mare – huge, beautiful! She’s one that everyone asks about.”
Nancy Sue showed Big Winnie’s dam, Fun Lovin Luke, for several years at Congress, she said, “so that’s fun.”
Competition continues through October 27 in Columbus, Ohio, with AQHA staff at a booth in Congress Hall to handle transfers, registrations and renew Journal subscriptions.
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