Enjoying The Sunshine

Even at the Zoetis VRH World, there is time to savor the fun.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Becky Zimmerman and Dualin Me Trash (Andrea Caudill photo)

Becky Zimmerman of Decatur, Texas, has two partners she plans to ride into the sunset with.

One of them is her husband of 51 years, Ronnie, with whom she has traveled life – and most of the country. The pair had to relocate regularly due to Ronnie’s job with the railroad. When they arrived to settle in Texas, it was Ronnie who helped Becky get her other partner.

“It was always my dream to ride at some point,” Becky says. “And my husband finally said, ‘I think we can get a horse now if you would like to, because I think we are going to stay in this one place.’ ”

That was just over 20 years ago. Now Becky’s other partner, Dualin Me Trash, is with her during their very first trip to the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships. The Heather Young-trained pair showed in amateur ranch riding, marking an impressive 224.5 and finishing fifth out of 71 entries.

“Dually” is a short-statured, kind-eyed sorrel, and is a son of Mister Dual Pep out of the Trashadeous mare Reminics Trash. Foaled in 2011, he was bred by Jim Babcock. Originally a straight reiner, Dually and Becky now compete in ranch riding, Stock Horse of Texas ranch pleasure and ranch trail.

“He’s doing good,” she says. “He’s adapted, learned to do extend trot, go over logs, open gates all of that.

“He likes people, likes attention,” she adds. “He’s mellowed with me. He is a little lazy, but still has a motor. I like that, because you have to have a fast extended trot and stop.”

Becky, now 71, started riding in her late 40s. She originally had Morgans.

“I just trail rode for years, and saw people accomplishing certain things,” she says. “So I started taking lessons and got a Quarter Horse. I’ve been learning, riding and having fun ever since.”

She says her goal is to hit her 75th birthday still riding.

“And then I’m going for 80!”

She says being able to enjoy the horses, the riding and – most of all – the people, is all part of the thrill. She competes successfully in Stock Horse of Texas events, and also plans to attend the Adequan(R) Select World Championship Show. Last year, she stepped down from cow events upon request of her husband, but still enjoys every moment of the classes she does.

“I’ve just had wonderful fun,” she says with a smile. “It’s just been a pleasure.”

The pair came with some other Stock Horse of Texas riders.

“(They) wanted me to come, so I said OK, I’ll come just for the one class,” she says. “I’m glad I came, I had a good time; it was a good experience my first trip up here.”

She gives Dually a fond pat and talks about their future goals – shows and milestones.

“Hopefully we can ride into the sunset together,” she says. 

Watch for news and results from the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, AQHA Level 1 Cattle Championships, Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals and National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance National Show at www.aqha.com/versatility.

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