Georgia Snow and Trademark capture the 3-year-old stallions world championship September 1 at the Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
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by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
In 1987, Georgia Snow of Quinlan, Texas, won the world championship in weanling stallions with A Real Deal with AQHA Professional Horseman Ted Turner of Thackerville, Oklahoma, training her horse.
On September 1, with Ted helping Georgia again, she won the world championship in 3-year-old stallions at the2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
In the years between, Georgia has never lost her love of showing.
“I don’t think you ever get over the thrill,” she said. “We started showing when I was 14, and I showed all through youth and then we raised our children showing all through youth. And now my granddaughter shows, and I think it’s a great experience for a family.”
Georgia talks a lot about family and friends, and she was pleased to earn her most recent world championship with Trademark, a 2008 sorrel stallion by CK Kid and out of Say Sierra by Sierra Te. Bobbie Arnold Atkinson of Henderson, Texas, bred the stallion.
“Ms. Bobbie and Judge Henry are personal friends of ours,” Georgia said. “And the stallion The Exceptional One, her husband and my husband and Chip Knost are partners on. But it’s a long-running partnership and friendship.”
Qualifying for the Adequan Select World was an experience in itself this year, she said.
“I didn’t have him ready to go (to shows) until spring, and we had a hard time finding amateur stallion (classes), and then after I got qualified, (AQHA) changed the points, and I thought, ‘oh, man!’ but it was fun,” she said. “I think the journey is as much fun as the end, whether it’s a wedding or the world show or whatever. All the friends you meet and the help – it was a great journey.”
The win, though put the cherry on top of the season.
“Definitely right now would be the high point, but it’s a blessing to be here, and I appreciate AQHA for everything they’ve done,” Georgia said. “I’m thrilled. He is (a gentle stallion), and it must come from his mother. Her name is Say Sierra, and her baby this year was born gentle. She’s just a docile mare, and (Trademark) is just the same way. He’s a peaceable stallion. At home we lead him with a cotton rope.”
Trademark might compete at the AQHA World Championship Show in November, where he’s qualified to compete in open classes, but Georgia and her husband, Jim, are breeders who sell their horses.
“Several people have inquired about him,” Georgia said. “He’s an N/N horse, and he has a nice pedigree, so whether or not we’ll even own him come World Show, I don’t know.”
For now, though, Georgia plans to savor the victory.