What division did you qualify for in the NAAC?
Novice Horse Open Level 1 & Rookie Professional
What horse did you qualify on?
Sparked ATidal Wave (Tidal Wave Jack x Shining Proof)
How many years have you been riding reining horses?
What was the most stressful part of the trip?
Two draws before I had to show, we had a blackout because of the ice storm. The warm-up pen and the attached barns were in complete dark, then lights started flashing here and there; which of course had my horse and myself nervous. He thought there were little gremlins waiting to get him. It is a miracle I didn’t forget my pattern!
We always learn something new in the show arena, what did you learn in the OKC arena? I learned that even when a ride is not going as planned you RIDE. You continue on through the pattern calmly and ride each maneuver and use your horsemanship and showmanship skills to show that pattern.
What was your favorite part of the trip?
Watching trainers warm up for the futurity. I’m always looking to improve my horsemanship and watching the best in the business made me want to ride more quietly and with more patience.
What advice do you give to club members who might be interested in going? If going to Oklahoma is your goal for the year, start putting aside money early to help fund your trip. Going to OKC wasn’t even on my radar in August when the affiliate designation was due. Then suddenly I was qualified and going to the NAAC! Then just as suddenly I was qualified for the NAAC, I only had about a week to make my entries on time and decide if I was going or not!? I had to sit down and do someserious financial planning to decide if I could afford the trip. I also planned out a sponsor package to offer businesses I deal with regularly. It worked out really well.
WPRHA congratulates those who traveled to OKC and also those who qualified.