Hailing From Hawaii

This exhibitor is a long way from home.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Hawaiians Paris Starn and Dual N John Henry. PHOTO: Journal

If you’ve heard Paris Starn’s name announced in amateur National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance classes, you may have noticed that she hails from Honolulu, Hawaii.

That is a long way from Guthrie, Oklahoma, but the college student – and her horse, Dual N John Henry – are here and representing their state in National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance classes.

Paris grew up doing high school rodeo, including cutting and cow horse. She bought her horse as a 4-year-old with 30 days on him; the gelding was bred in Hawaii by Wayne Miranda and is by Dual N Plain Win and out of the Gallo Del Cielo mare Misty May Rooster.

“He’s 10 now, and he’s just cool,” she says. “I’ve dragged bulls on him, so when you take him into the trail pen he’s all ‘cool.’ He’s an actual working horse. It’s cool to have my actual stock horse that can sort cows and then go in the ring and go down the fence.

“And (he’s so gentle that) my dad – he’s 74 – warmed him up for me today,” she adds. “He’s just the love of my life and does everything for me.”

When Paris chose to attend the University of Wyoming, Dual N John Henry moved, too.

“He’s adapting, but it took awhile,” she says.

Moving into her sophomore year of college, the ag communications major is a member of the UW ranch horse team and is busy with ranch and cow horse competition.

“It’s been a journey, but everyone has been so helpful and nice,” she says of her adjustment. “University of Wyoming is such a friendly community and great campus, really safe, really driven by the horse community. You’ll walk down the street and see ranchers – that’s why I love it.”

The horse community in Hawaii is small but active, she says, including AQHA, rodeo and hunter-jumper, cutting and cow horse events.

When horses move between the islands, they are transported by boat.

“You put them in a crate – a nice, airy place – they always have a water dropper so they have water, and they have hay,” Paris explains. “They get forked onto this boat, a ferry. They go 24 hours on a boat, and you drop them off and pick them up on the dock. If you want to show on another island, it will cost you about $500 to boat them over. Which I guess is kind of like buying diesel, but still unique. And they lose a lot of weight – you have to prep for it.”

So the game pair is representing their state at the VRH World, and practicing for another stage – as Miss Rodeo Hawaii at big PRCA rodeos.

“We will still be representing the state we come from,” she says.

Watch for news and results from the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, AQHA Level 1 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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