2012 Select World
by Allison GraysonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Laura Harrison’s first experience at an AQHA world show was one for the books. She and Goods Can Do took home the gold trophy in the hunt seat equitation class at the 2012 Select World Championship Show.
“It feels great. Unbelievable! But it’s great,” she said in her Journal Winning Run interview.
“This was our first world show,” she said. “I literally was just novice, and a year ago (I) took a year off, and (then) we came here!”
That year off was all the pair needed to set themselves up for a win in Amarillo. The Novice rider from the past was nowhere to be found and she had her trainers, Clint Ainsworth and AQHA Professional Horseman Michael Colvin, to thank for the change.
“It went well. I was a little late, just at one little spot,” she said. “But for the most part, thanks to my trainer, he had me set and ready, I knew my spots, I felt prepared. It was just awesome!”
“I just owe so much to (Clint and Michael),” she said.
Laura was supposed to be showing with her good friend, Farley Barbera, but her horse got sick at the last minute. Although she couldn’t be in the ring, Laura made sure Farley wasn’t left out of the group. She had everyone in the stands say “Hi” to her while they waited for the scores.
“She’s with our trainers and her horse had colic surgery last night,” she said of Farley. “So I’d really like to thank Beckey Schooler because she stepped in and just kept it calm and kept me right where I needed to be and helped me with the pattern. It was just … a huge help.”
Farley wasn’t the only one cheering Laura and Rocky on from the stands. She said that her trainers, Julie McGuffie, DeAnna and Tina Freeland, as well as many friends she had met through showing were all there helping her to the win.
“I had a great, great support team at the show,” she said.
And, of course, Laura couldn’t have done it without her winning horse.
“He’s awesome,” she said of Rocky. “He’s 15, he’s an older horse, and he just helps me out. He’s just taught me every class.”
“(He’s) calm, level headed and just easy. You never have to worry about anything with him,” she said.
There was one other person Laura wanted to thank for helping her and Rocky earn a world champion title.
“(I rode in) Saddle Club growing up and … we would hear about AQHA shows, which we considered the big time,” she said. “Then, later in life… my husband, (Bart), … bought me a Quarter Horse and (I) started showing.”
She wanted to thank Bart for footing the bill, putting in the time and supporting her in all of her showing endeavors.
Laura was all laughs and having a great time after the class. She even made sure to have her friend, Farley, in her winning picture with her. In a final burst of excitement at the end of her interview, she threw her hands up in the air and exclaimed, “Whew!”
Laura Harrison of Franklin, Tennessee, and Goods Can Do win the hunt seat equitation class at the 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show