Sweet First-Time Success

Kyndall Jensen gets a big trophy in her first out at an AQHA championship show.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Kyndall Jensen and Cool Sailing won youth aged geldings and were reserve in youth halter champion of champions. (Journal photo)

Kyndall Jensen, 14, fits the ideal youth profile for the AQHA Level 1 Championships: she has grown up with horses, has only shown in 4-H and, even though she doesn’t own a horse, she is leasing one so she can show at her first AQHA Level 1 Championships.

And she had a great show: in her first time to show halter, Kyndall and Cool Sailing, aka “Popeye,” won the youth aged geldings class and then went on to take the reserve trophy in the youth halter champion of champions class.

The AQHA Level 1 Championships, which are the pinnacle events for Level 1, Rookie and walk-trot competitors around the world, are designed for everyone from the minimally accomplished to beginner AQHA competitors as a way to ease into AQHA competition.

“She is exactly the kind of youth who this show is perfect for,” says her trainer, AQHA Professional Horsewoman Colleen Riedle of Hayden, Idaho. “And we want her to know this is fun and to have fun with it!”

Kyndall, who is from Caldwell, Idaho, has grown up in a horse family, but hadn’t stepped into AQHA competition until this year.

“I showed in Spokane (Washington), but this is my first big AQHA show,” Kyndall says. “This is so much fun. Horses are my favorite animal, so it’s fun to be around here and my horses are my best friends.”


Popeye, who is by Very Cool and out of Miss Shady Hill by Mister Treasury, is owned by Karna Colby of Baldwin, North Dakota. Karna is thrilled to lease Popeye to Kyndall. Karna's daughter is showing Popeye in amateur halter at the West Level 1.

“He’s the barn ham,” Karna says. “And a favorite of everyone in the barn. He has been to several shows and loves attention.”

Kyndall seconds Karna.

“He’s so much fun to be around,” Kyndall says. “He’s just so mellow. He’s an awesome-looking horse; he’s just awesome.”