Oh, So Versatile

Pam Rasmussen and Smart Hollywood Glo earned points in 13 events en route to their AQHA amateur versatility award.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Pam Rasmussen and "Holly" earned a top-10 title in Level 1 amateur heading at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Level 1 (Novice) Championships. (Credit: K.C. Montgomery)

Pam Rasmussen of Omaha, Nebraska, knew she had a versatile mare on her hands, but now she and Smart Hollywood Glo have an AQHA amateur versatility award on their hands to prove it. 

Years back, Pam had shown against Smart Hollywood Glo, and knowing her to be a nice mare, Pam purchased “Holly” in June 2012 from a friend. Sired by the Smart Little Lena son Dandee Little Smarty, this 1998 sorrel mare is out of Holly Joe Hollywood by Kings Holly Golly. 

The amateur partners, with help from AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Jones of Allerton, Iowa, started racking up the points and winning all-around titles. At a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, show in May 2013, Pam paid a ride-all-day fee to show in several events – and won. When she got home, Pam looked in the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations to see they only needed to add a few more events to earn the versatility award. They secured the title April 6, 2014.

“Holly is one of those rare horses out there that the Quarter Horse breed was founded on,” Pam says. “She can halter and win the all-around all on the same day. I don’t know too many horses these days that you can get points on in 12 classes in one year and do them well.”

The Rasmussen family is involved with horses. Pam’s son, Cashdon, owns Holly, and last year he showed Holly at the Little Britches show in Omaha, Nebraska, and won the all-around title. Two nieces, Mandyn and Makenna, spend the summers with Pam at the boarding, breeding and training facility she owns with her husband, Matt.

Pam’s day job as a mortgage loan originator and her night job as mom, wife and horsewoman, leave her little time for anything else.

“Holly is not high maintenance at all,” Pam says, “I just grab her and go. I love that about her. She does have one little quirk; she doesn’t like to back out of the trailer. So we just turn her around.”

Pam and Holly’s Honors

  • 2014 Nebraska State 4-H winner of the working ranch horse class, fourth in junior horsemanship and sixth in junior hunter under saddle
  • Washington County 4-H halter and hunt seat winner and reserve in walk trot
  • Nebraska Quarter Horse Association all-around champion and high-point amateur
  • 2014 Zoetis Level 1 (Novice) Cattle Championships top-10 titles in performance halter mares, and amateur heading, ranch sorting, ranch horse pleasure and boxing
  • 2013-14 AQHA World Championship Show qualifier

AQHA Points
0.5 halter
1 performance halter
0.5 showmanship
5.5 boxing
19.5 heading
13 heeling
5 stake race
12.5 reining
0.5 trail
5.5 horsemanship
25.5 ranch horse pleasure
0.5 team penning
10 ranch sorting

A wide variety of AQHA awards recognize your achievements in the show pen with your American Quarter Horse. Learn more at www.aqha.com/awards.