2011 Select World

Western Pleasure

She has earned it.

Linda Ball Sargent and Amblin So Good

Linda Sargent of Eustis, Florida, and Amblin So Good won the 2011 Select world championship in western pleasure.

Linda Sargent of Eustis, Florida, has been aiming for a Select world championship in western pleasure for a long time.

“I’ve been here to every (Adequan) Select (World Championship Show) since the very first one,” she says. “The first year I showed I was third, and I’ve placed in the finals in the top 10 every time.”

Just after FedEx Open Week at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show, Linda purchased a new mare, Amblin So Good, aka “Candy,” from longtime friend and fellow breeder, Jerry Kimmel of Granbury, Texas. A 2005 sorrel mare by A Good Machine and out of Zippos Amblin Easy by Zippo Pine Bar, the mare had just won the amateur western pleasure reserve world championship.

And Linda aimed once again for a Select gold trophy.

The August 28 prelims went well for the two: “I had a pretty good ride,” Linda said. “I had a few things I needed to work on and my trainer helped me with that. I think we got it fixed.”

When the placings were called, Linda was ecstatic to be left last in the ring with Kathy Tobin and The Best Cookie. She hugged her mare when Kathy was called for the reserve.

“I’ve been showing Quarter Horses since I was a youth, about 14,” Linda told the Journal. “This is my first world championship, and I am so excited I can’t even tell you how excited I am!”

She continued: “I felt very good; my mare was on the money. My mare had a very good ride.

“There are so many things I enjoy about her; I don’t really know where to begin. She is so sweet and kind. She gives you her all every time you go out there. She’s just a wonderful mare.”

Retired from running a produce brokerage alongside her father, Linda credits family and friends for supporting her over the years aiming for a world championship. Her husband, Jeff, was in the stands cheering her on.

“I have so many people to thank, my whole family has supported me so much and I’ve had two of the most outstanding trainers: Cleve Wells and Andy Cochran. I just want to thank all of them, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for their support and help.”

She added: “(The Adequan Select World) gets harder every year,” she said. “The horses and the riders get better every year and I get older every year.

“It’s so laid back and everybody is just having a good time. It’s not a lot of pressure, it’s just a lot of fun.

A 20-year cumulative breeder, Linda plans on breeding Candy this spring and flushing an embryo. But before that, the mare is headed to the World Show in Oklahoma City, aiming for another gold trophy.