2011 Youth World
There were 128 entries for the youth western pleasure preliminaries August 8 – exhibitors from five cuts were called back for the semifinals to decide the top 15 for the August 11 finals. Those 15 included several horses with western pleasure world championships already to their credit.
Brianna Tamulewicz of Westerville, Ohio, rode one – 2010 junior western pleasure world champion and two-time All American Quarter Horse Congress winner Dark Jasmine. The 2006 mare has almost $29,000 in National Snaffle Bit Association earnings.
“I was confident in the mare,” Brianna said. “She’s never cheated you; she’s always going to go in there and give her all. I was confident in my ride.”
But Brianna wasn’t that confident in herself, at her first Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. She should have been – after a long rail work that included a reverse in direction at the moderate extension of the jog – Brianna rode “Jasmine” out with the gold trophy. She was first on four of the five judges' cards.
“(This feels) Incredible! (Jasmine) won the junior at the open world and never in a million years did I think I could ever do it here,” Brianna told the Journal after the win. “I was so happy just to make the finals. Getting the call-back out of my split was pretty much all I wanted.”
Brianna’s family has owned Jasmine since the 2009 Reichert Celebration. The plan is to continue showing the mare in the pleasure and maybe western riding although Brianna added with a smile, “we don’t know if she’ll go fast enough.”
“She’s really different (to ride),” she continued, “You’ve got to let her do her own thing. That’s just how she is. She’s just so natural at it, you can’t force her. She does things on her own.”
Brianna got into showing horses first with a 4-H horse years ago. A Quarter Horse trainer lived near her home and that’s how she got interested.
“We bought Jasmine and found Steve (Reams) and it just kinda went from there,” she said.
She added: “I want to thank everyone who’s helped me get here: my parents, Steve, Jasmine, Brad Kearns, and Chad and Heidi Piper because they taught me how to ride pleasure. You keep learning every day.”
Brianna Tamulewicz shows Dark Jasmine at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)