October 7, 2012
By Tara ChristiansenTara Christiansen
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Taylor Foster and her 5-year-old mare, Two Hot For You, took on 12 classes at the Nutrena East Novice Championship. (Journal photo)
Twelve classes in four days might be a little daunting for your average competitor, but not for do-it-yourselfer youth competitor Taylor Foster. The Zionsville, Indiana, competitor hoofed it five-plus hours to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with mom Nancy at her side and mare Two Hot For You in tow.
“This will only be her second time in a coliseum, so we wanted to get here early,” the 17-year-old said of her 5-year-old brown mare. Bred by Carolyn and William Niedbalski’s September Rainbow Inc. of Lakeville, Indiana, Two Hot For You – or “Dolly” – is by One Hot Krymsun and out of Good Hot Hubba by Good Version.
“We got her a few months ago – she’s been pretty good for us,” Taylor shared. “She hasn’t really done a lot of the pattern classes; she’s just done the rail stuff. She did a lot of English, and now she does more western. It’s kind of different for her.”
But that doesn’t stop the 16.1-hand mare and her determined rider.
“I’ve been showing for seven years,” Taylor recalled. “I like (showing Quarter Horses) just ‘cause there’s a lot of competition and the competition is really hard, so it’s exciting to go to all the shows.”
It was the beginning of 2012 when Taylor first heard of the inaugural AQHA Novice championships, and getting qualified for the event “just kind of happened.”
“This will probably be my last year showing Novice because I’ll Novice out,” Taylor said. “We almost didn’t come, but since this will be my last year of Novice, we decided to come.”
And with that in mind, the horsewoman wanted to make the most of her one shot at the Nutrena AQHA East Novice Championship 14-18 all-around award.
Aside from her goal at the all-around, plus hopes of one day breeding Dolly, Taylor also has plans to attend college, earn a degree in education and become a firs-t or second-grade teacher, which would allow her summers off to continue showing horses. That’s not all she’s got planned – Taylor would like to one day become an equine chiropractor.
So with 12 classes on her plate at the Nutrena East Novice Championship, which one is Taylor’s favorite?
“I like horsemanship or showmanship the best,” Taylor said; Dolly seems to have similar sentiments. “She likes the trail and I think she likes the showmanship because she doesn’t really have to do a whole lot,” Taylor added with a smile.