Family Horse

Wayne Diamond borrows his wife's horse to earn the amateur halter Champion of Champions title at the 2018 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships.

Wayne Diamond led his wife's horse Terrakata to the amateur Champion of Champions title May 4 at the 2018 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships in Wilmington, Ohio. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

Wayne Diamond led his wife's horse Terrakata to the amateur Champion of Champions title May 4 at the 2018 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships in Wilmington, Ohio. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

Wayne Diamond of Harrington, Delaware, couldn’t have been Champion of Champions without his wife, Amanda.

At the 2018 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships, Wayne led Terrakata to the aged mares title and then the Champion of Champions title.

“I’ve been showing off and on for a couple of years,” Wayne says. “I probably haven’t shown since 2008.”

Terrakata, aka “Bubbles,” is a 2013 sorrel mae by Terjay and out of Ms Valentinos Mister by Kid Valentino. She was bred by Michael T. Lowe of Washburn, Tennessee, and is owned by Patrick Diamond of Dover, Delaware.

“This is his wife’s horse,” Amanda says. “He decided out of the blue that he wanted to show and he took his wife’s horse and this is what happened.”

The Diamonds bought Bubbles when she was a 3-year-old.

“She’s just one amazing horse,” Amanda says. “He showed her at Martinganza, prior to coming here, and was planning on retiring from showing horses altogether, selling them. I guess now she’s a keeper.”

The Diamonds also occasionally call the mare “Diva” for her winning ways. She has 38.5 points with Amanda in amateur and 68.5 with Patrick in youth in addition to what she has earned with Wayne.

“Our trainer, Julie Murphy of La Plata, Maryland, we owe all the thanks to,” Amanda says.