Halter Dreams Come True

Level 1 youth exhibitor Lauren Bedwell captures the Champion of Champions title with Cool And A Half.

Lauren Bedwell of Max Meadows, Virginia, wins the youth halter Champion of Champions title May 4 with Cool And A Half at the 2018 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships in Wilmington, Ohio. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

Lauren Bedwell of Max Meadows, Virginia, wins the youth halter Champion of Champions title May 4 with Cool And A Half at the 2018 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships in Wilmington, Ohio. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

A dream came true May 4 at the 2018 Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships when Lauren Bedwell took home the youth halter Champion of Champions title with Cool And A Half.

“It meant everything (to win),” Lauren said. “I have been waiting for this my whole life. I started off with a $750 horse at small local shows and this has been my dream since I was little.”

Cool And A Half is a 2013 sorrel gelding by Very Cool and out of Tru Valentine by Call Me Tardee Clu. He was bred by James E. Steinman of Gibson City, Illinois, and is called “James” at home.

Lauren was looking at a different horse when she found James, but she instantly adored James.

“I worked him at the barn a couple of times as a 3-year-old, and I fell in love with him,” she said. “He has a unique personality. He’s always a sweetheart. He’s the first to welcome you to the barn. He loves everybody.”

Lauren said halter has always been her favorite class.

“That was the first thing I concentrated on,” she said “I (like) the fact that you have 1,300- or 1,400-pound horse, and you have to control it, and whether they act up is on you.”

Lauren earned her way to the Champion of Champions drive by winning the aged geldings class. With two trophies in hand, she’s headed home to Max Meadows, Virginia, where she will get ready for her next goals.

“We’re going to focus on some local AQHA shows and head for (the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show) and (All American Quarter Horse) Congress in the fall,” she said.

Reserve champion of champions went to Ava Specht of Meadowview, Virginia, leading Shez Telling Me, a 2013 sorrel mare by Telling and out of Shez Kiddin Me by Im Kiddin. She was bred by Don and Doreen MacKenzie of Dugald, Manitoba, and is owned by Kyle G. Hughes of Meadowview.

Ava was the champion in aged mares with Shez Telling Me and was also the champion in 3-year-old geldings with Front Page Kid Too.