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My Days With Kit

Watch AQHYA member Renee Pope train her AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program filly.

The American Quarter Horse Journal
May 1, 2013

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Watch the first part of "My Days With Kit," a mini-series brought to you by AQHA Video.

Follow the adventures of one AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program participant, Renee Pope, and her weanling filly, TRR A Stylish Kit, also known as “Kit.” This mini-series, brought to you by AQHA Video, highlights Kit’s training milestones and lessons learned by both the horse and her young trainer.

“When I went to look at weanlings at Tongue River Ranch in Paducah, Texas, there were about 50 weanlings there. I didn’t think it was possible to choose one,” Renee said, recalling how she hand-selected her project filly for the Young Horse Development Program. “I wanted a filly, so that singled it down a little, but there were still a lot to choose from. She caught my attention with her star, she had really nice white markings and I could almost walk up to her.

“She seemed pretty gentle,” the 13-year-old Amarillo horsewoman added. “She’d come up and look in the back truck windows. I walked around several acres of property looking through groups of weanlings and she followed me from the group. The horse manager said, ‘Hey, she looks like she’s saying, “Pick me! Take me home!” ’ ”   

“I heard about this program because my mom told me that through the America’s Horse Daily emails she had heard about it, and she got another email about the program and I was really interested in trying it,” Renee said of the youth program, which was brought to fruition by the AQHA Ranching Council.

“What I hope to gain through this program is a very well-trained horse, and I want to be part of the horse industry,” Renee said. And this hard-working young horsewoman already has her eyes set on the future.

“I’d like to train horses,” she said. “I think that’d be a really fun thing to do; especially little ones. I think they learn really fast.”

Look to the top-left corner of the screen to watch Part 1 of “My Days With Kit.”

Renee Pope isn’t the only Young Horse Development Program participant that you can follow. Every month Tara Osburn of Gaston, Oregon, updates readers on her progress with her Young Horse Development Program filly, KT Docs Mamba, aka “Scarlett.” Read about Tara’s adventures in “Meet Miss Scarlett.”