By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse JournalAugust 18, 2013
Seasoned reiner Teagan Parry is trying all-around events for the first time at the 2013 AQHA Region Seven Championship - and enjoying the new challenge! (Journal photo)
With a fourth in the horsemanship and a tenth out of 17 in the western pleasure so far, novice amateur Teagan Parry is ecstatic with All Reddy Great’s effort at the 2013 AQHA Region Seven Championship.
For one thing, the now 10-year-old gelding that she calls “Eddie” didn’t have much riding on him when Teagan got him a little over a year ago.
And for another, this is only the second time that he and Teagan both have ever shown in all-around classes. Their first experience was less than a month ago.
“We came to compete for the novice amateur all-around award,” Teagan told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “A lot of our events are a first-time for both of us,” and she lists, “Halter, we gave showmanship a first try today, the pleasure.” She stops and smiles. “We’ve learned lots of new things and had lots of new adventures. We’re meeting new friends and getting lots of help, which is good!”
Teagan is a tried-and-true reiner with her seasoned horse, Chic On A High, aka, “Roany,” (Paid By Chic-Blue Continental by The Continental; bred by Jim Dunn, Oskaloosa, Iowa). She tried the boxing for the first time at the 2012 Region Seven with Roany, and showed in the reining and boxing again this year, in addition to trying ranch pleasure.
But the longer she had Eddie, she got to thinking.
“He’s an older horse, and he wasn’t very broke when I got him,” Teagan said. “Some friends of ours in Oregon found him and started riding him and said he was one of the most talented horses they’d ever sat on. ... He originally was supposed to be a new reining horse for me.
“But I’ve kind of gotten a little bored just doing the reining, and I wanted to see what he would do. He’s good changing leads, so I wanted to try and do the western riding on him, and he’s good at it. The more I watched the other events, I thought, I might try one more thing…”
And suddenly Eddie found himself entered in just about everything at the 2013 Region Seven.
“If we need to, we’ll do speed events, too,” Teagan added with a laugh, “which is something I’ve never done, either!”
Originally from Salina, Utah, (the location of the 2013 Region Seven), Teagan now lives with her 2-year-old daughter, Hadley, in Ephraim, Utah, where she is a dental assistant. Her mother, Betty Mayer, is a show secretary for the Intermountain Reining Horse Association, and Teagan often helps her with those events.
Teagan wanted to try all-around classes to challenge her own horsemanship.
“One of the reasons why I wanted to try more events is because I think my riding needed improving and cleaning up,” she explained. “For (classes like horsemanship and showmanship), everything needs to be pretty and presentable.
“I think the more events you try the better rider you become. The more you learn it makes you better off in the long run.”
She had her first lesson and attempts at showmanship in the outdoor covered arena the night before her Region Seven class.
“I had no idea what I was getting into!” she said. “I met (trainer Jando Guerra) in the warmup pen on (August 15), and he asked if I wanted to go out and practice with his (students) which was great because I had no idea what I was doing! I was out here until 10:30 p.m. trying to get comfortable starting my horse off in my departures and learning where I needed to stand. It’s a lot of work!”
She gets a little teary, too, when she thinks about how many hours have gone into making this effort with Eddie.
“Eddie is an amazing horse,” she said. “He’s a very fast learner, and he wants to please you. We had tons of practice last night and he came out this morning and went, ‘OK, if that’s what we’re going to do, let’s go for it.’
“I think to take a horse that was supposed to be a reiner and be able to compete with the horses here is pretty cool.”
By All Reddy Smart and out of Brennas Great Jesse by Brennas Kid, Eddie was bred by Mark and Barbara Cole of Shelby, Montana.
“My dad, Dan Mayer, has done a lot to get (Eddie) where he’s at,” Teagan said. “Without Dad we wouldn’t have been able to make it. And my mom, Betty. I wouldn’t be able to show without them. They support me so much, and they are my babysitters.”
Teagan plans to retire Roany to Hadley – she rode him in the leadline class at the Region Seven; “It was funny to take him straight from the boxing pen to the leadline! He thinks he’s in heaven with Hadley.”
Her goals now are to continue to pursue all-around event success with Eddie, especially in the showmanship, horsemanship and western riding.
“After having so much fun trying the all-around here, I think I’m going to try to compete a little more in that at the breed shows this next year and hopefully improve on my skills through the winter,” she said. “You learn something in every event, and it makes you better.”
She added, “And people help! Everybody, secretly, they all want to win, but they all want to help you, too! I’ve had to borrow halters all weekend and had to ask what to wear, things like that.
“I just think it’s wonderful that AQHA has these region shows,” she added. “They are fun, and you find that there are a lot of great people in the horse industry.”
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