2011 Youth World
by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
With 83 entered, the August 5 youth performance halter geldings at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show ran in two splits, with 20 called back for the finals. It was a long couple of hours for the exhibitors, the first day of Ford Youth World competition.
Rachel Kolb of Lebanon, Ohio, and her 2005 gelding, Remarkable Can, were in the first split -- she was ecstatic when she got called back for the finals. Her trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Joni Nelson, took "Snoop" back to the stalls for a rest until the finals.
"I came back and watched and got more nervous," Rachel said. When the finals came, she was ready. "I talked to him, tried to keep his neck up and hoped for the best."
Rachel and Snoop walked last out of the Oklahoma State Fair Park arena with a championship gold trophy. It was Rachel's first world championship and first Ford Youth World.
"I am so excited, I knew we had a chance, but I didn't know," she said. "Anything could happen. I'm just so thankful and blessed."
A 2005 gelding by The Remarkable Mr and out of Scandalous Can by Can Spicuous, Snoop has quite a list of accomplishments including open and amateur world championships in performance halter, a Select reserve title and All American Quarter Horse Congress win. In 2010, he was the open all-around high-point gelding and reserve all-around high-point junior horse.
"I want to thank my parents (Mark and Cheryl) and everyone who has supported me," Rachel told the Journal after the win. "I'm the luckiest kid in the world. I'm lucky to have Snoop.
"He's so funny; he has the biggest personality. He loves people; he loves attention. He's big and beautiful and he knows it."
Rachel's first Ford Youth World is far from over -- she and Snoop will be in showmanship, horsemanship and equitation.
"I'm just praying for the best, I'll work hard and, hopefully, that pays off. Anything else (beyond today's win) is just icing on the cake."
Rachel Kolb of Lebanon, Ohio, and Remarkable Can won the 2011 AQHYA youth world championship in performance halter geldings.