Trail Legend: Range To A Te

Trail Legend: Range To A Te

The red roan has earned more than 1,400 points in open trail competition.

Range To A Te was reserve world champion in senior trail in 2015. K.C. Montgomery photo

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By Alexis Shanes for The American Quarter Horse Journal

In 2006, Range To A Te was one of the yearlings offered for sale at the Reichert Yearling Stakes Sale. Isabel Scobie of Warwick, New York, was excited when her barn mates purchased “Troy,” a 2006 gelding by Openrange-Ment A Te by Investment Zippo who was bred by J.R. Reichert of Marengo, Iowa.

“I loved him at first sight!” Isabel remembers. “He was this cute little roan horse with a big white face.”

In 2009, Isabel, a longtime all-around rider, had a new goal: show in the Reichert Celebration 3-year-old western pleasure futurity.

“You go to the Reichert for all those years and then you see all these pleasure horses,” she says. “I thought, ‘Wow, that would be awesome to be in there with them.’”

Fortunately, Isabel didn’t have to look farther than her barn for a prospect. With his new owner aboard, Troy returned to his Reichert roots, this time in the pleasure pen.

Although Isabel and Troy didn’t make the it to the finals, their first ride was the start of a decade-long horse showing saga.

By October the same year, Troy had been shown in trail a few times, and Isabel sent him to the All American Quarter Horse Congress with trainer Lisa Farrell of Durham, Connecticut.

“I just sent him there for experience, to do the junior trail, and he won,” Isabel says. “It was crazy.”

To those around him, Troy was a trail prodigy learning new challenging obstacles as a youngster. His ability and style continue to improve, Isabel says.

“He turns around [in the box] like a reining horse, practically,” Isabel says, laughing. “He has a natural instinct and innate ability for the poles.”

Since 2009, Troy has garnered $11,502 in Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show earnings and $22,558 in National Snaffle Bit Association earnings. He has won Congress titles and NSBA world and reserve world titles.

At the end of 2017, he had 1,145 AQHA open trail points and 320 amateur trail points to his credit. He also earned the high-point open trail horse title in 2011 and became an AQHA Champion in 2016.

In 2015, under the guidance of trainer Jessica Ross, Troy had an unbelievable run with an NSBA win in Select Trail and a reserve senior trail win with catch rider AQHA Professional Horsewoman Whitney Lagace. He also added some bronze trophies in Colour Open trail with Jessica and Colour non-pro and western riding with Isabel.

That same year, Troy won senior trail at Congress with Whitney, marking a 241.5 – the then-highest score in the show’s history.

The following day, Isabel piloted the gelding to a championship win of her own in Select trail.

Less than a month later, Troy and Whitney were in the winner’s circle again, this time as AQHA reserve world champions in senior trail.

“It was beyond belief,” Isabel says. “These dreams you have, these big shows — it all happened in the course of those four months.”

That wasn’t the last of it for Troy as he continues his winning ways with a top three senior trail placing at the 2016 Congress with Jessica and a reserve Select trail in 2017 with Isabel.

Today, trainers Jessica Ross, Ricky Noiseux and AQHA Professional Horseman Eugene Spagnola keep the gelding in top physical condition, each perfecting different elements of his performance.

“It’s really a combination,” Isabel says. “It’s a team of people contributing to the overall success. He’s a very smart horse. You have to treat him a certain way. You work on being a partner with him.”

That partnership includes an abundance of Troy’s favorite treats, Mrs. Pastures Cookies, which became a staple reward for the gelding starting at the 2015 Lucas Oil World thanks to Amy Gumz.

“He is fussy about his treats,” Isabel says. “Sometimes, at the hotel at a horse show, I grab one of those apples they have in a bowl in the lobby, and if it doesn’t smell right, he won’t eat it.”

Troy knows and loves his job, and his kind, sometimes sassy, personality makes him irreplaceable.

“He doesn’t think of himself as a horse at all,” Isabel says. “He wants his stall door to be open and just wants to hang out with everybody at the horse shows. He really is a person.”