Borrowing a Horse

Stuart Thompson rides his daughter's gelding to win a buckle in Select western riding at the 2017 Merial AQHA Region Two Championships.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Stuart Thompson rides A Glow In The Pines during the Merial Region Two Championships in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Stuart Thompson rides A Glow In The Pines on the rail in horsemanship during the Merial Region Two Championships in Rapid City, South Dakota. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

When Stuart Thompson’s daughter, Jane, went to college on an American Quarter Horse Foundation scholarship, Stuart was happy for her.

And then he took her horse.

At the 2017 Merial AQHA Region Two Championships, Stuart was riding A Glow In The Pines.

“We’ve had him since he was about 2,” Stuart said. “My daughter trained him and rode him through high school. She graduated from high school then went off to college and he had to be ridden, so I started riding him.”

Stuart has ranched and ridden all his life, but he has only been showing for about six years, and “Baxter” has been a good partner.

“He’s a character,” Stuart said. “When he’s good, he’s very very good, and when he’s bad, he’s horrid.

A Glow In The Pines is a 2001 red roan gelding by Vested Pine and out of Janies Bubble Glow by Speedy Glow. He was bred by Anne M. Sliss of Midland, Michigan.

“He’s 15 going on 2,” Stuart said.

Stuart and Baxter won Select western riding at the regional event, earning a buckle for his efforts.

“It’s the most challenging thing I do with him,” Stuart said.

Stuart has been a regular at the AQHA West Level 1 Championships, and has been involved with the Wyoming Quarter Horse Association.