Meet Miss Scarlett

Follow AQHYA member Tara Osburn as she raises her AQHA Young Horse Development project filly.

By Tara Osburn
The American Quarter Horse Journal
January 21, 2013

Tara Osburn and KT Docs Mamba, aka "Scarlett"

AQHYA member Tara Osburn chose KT Docs Mamba, also known as "Scarlett," from AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder KT Ranch of Connell, Washington. (Photo courtesy of Tara Osburn)

I am Tara Osburn; I'm 17 and I recently received my filly, “Scarlett,” through the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program. I was selected as one of four AQHYA members to receive a foal from the wonderful AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder KT Ranch of Connell, Washington.

As far as Scarlett goes, she wasn't originally supposed to be in the program. I first selected a pretty little chestnut filly with a star, but about two weeks before I had planned to pick her up, she suffered an untimely accident and her future as a riding horse is up in the air.

KT Ranch kindly let me choose another filly from the group of weanlings they had left for sale. I chose KT Docs Mamba, also known as Scarlett, and brought her home on October 19, 2012. She’s a solid bay filly, without a speck of white on her. She sports a pretty little head, neck and everything.

Through the program, I have to meet with an AQHA Professional Horseman often and take Scarlett to a show, where will we compete in halter, showmanship or longe line. At the end of the year, I'll have the chance to win a scholarship and a belt buckle or boots. I'm excited for the journey and the chance to share it with you! You can read more about me and Scarlett, and our journey together, at our very own website – www.missscarlettandtara.weebly.com.

A Bit About Me

I have loved horses since I first laid eyes on them – I was 6 months old.

My aunt had over 25 years of experience with American Quarter Horses by the time I came into the world. She taught me horsemanship and breeding and everything she could until she passed away last November. The legacy she left with me is a love for horses that will never leave.

My aunt bought me a filly when I was 8 years old. That filly is now a mare, and my aunt helped me care for the mare until the mare died two years ago. After that, my aunt and I shared her gelding, who is a great horse, but more suited for dressage.

I love foals, and I hope that I can show AQHA someday and win an all-around title. I think that Scarlett is just the filly to get me there and receiving her is a dream come true. In addition to the life lessons learned from raising a colt, I’m also looking forward to completing the project book; I know it will give me knowledge to last a lifetime.

My aunt left me with a great facility and equipment to continue her lifelong work. Scarlett will be the first foal to raise on my own, but I'm ready for the challenge.