Jessee Clark tackles her first Merial AQHA Region Eight Championship with a new horse.
By AQHA Media Intern Alexis Shanes | June 10, 2017
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Jessee Clark bought Mr Chic Master less than a year ago, but thanks to her effort, the two have become a team.
“He has won a lot, but he was out in the pasture for two years,” Jessee says. “Once I got him, I had to really work on him. Now he’s getting a lot better.”
Jessee and “Tuffy,” a 2003 bay gelding by Chic Please and out of Isabelle Boot by Master Boot Jac, practice often, sometimes twice a day. The pair competes in ranch riding, reining and working cow horse boxing at AQHA, Oklahoma Foundation Quarter Horse Registry and National Reined Cow Horse Association events.
2017 marks Jessee’s first year to compete at the Merial AQHA Region Eight Championships, but the now-14-year-old started riding when she was 5.
“My mom has always done (horses), so then I just started doing them,” the ninth-grader says. “My whole family is involved.”
When she rode out of the youth working cow horse boxing class to the tune of Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” Jessee received an extra bonus for her hard work. She won the Thursday morning Dr. Pepper Time award – show management presents a case of Dr. Pepper and a local restaurant gift card to a random exhibitor at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day of the Merial Region Eight.
AQHA events are a step up from her previous 4-H competitions, but Jessee is in capable hands. She trains with AQHA Professional Horseman and NRCHA $2 million rider Todd Crawford of Blanchard, Oklahoma.
And although she gets nervous sometimes, Jessee says she loves the thrill of showing, which makes it easy for her to follow a simple piece of horse-showing advice each time she steps in the pen.
“Just go out there and have fun!”