by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
RLJ Czech This Out and Mary E. Ogle
Mary Ogle is no novice to the barrel racing world. She’s trained barrel horses and campaigned futurity horses for years. But her win August 31 at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship show is one for the books. This is her first appearance at an AQHA world show.
The trip to Amarillo has been riddled with more than its fair share of obstacles. Her mare, RLJ Czech This Out, aka "Shelby," took a fall in the finals at the Fort Smith Futurity and sustained a pelvis injury that kept her from running for a year and a half.
Mary seemed a little shocked at the Adequan Select World win. She said that her preliminary run was a little rough, but she made up some time in the finals with a 17.041, the fastest at the show.
“Well, she ran past her first barrel pretty bad. She’s a bit of a young horse. It’s a bit of a tough angle at that first barrel and the jockey didn’t help enough,” she said smartly, “we got way past that first barrel. She’s really fast and really worked her other two barrels.”
Mary has worked with futurity horses as a hobby for years, taking a brief hiatus while her daughter ran track through high school and college.
“I took about an eight-year break. My daughter ran track in high school and college. So we did the track deal instead of the horses. As my friends said, she was AAA,” said Mary, with a clever smile.
Speed is definitely in the family’s blood.
She still has some young horses that she is going to get ready and sell, but she plans on keeping the mare that she has had so much success with.
“She came from a friend of mine and he came up to me and said, ‘If you would ride a mare, this is the one you should look at.’ I didn’t ride mares for years because my husband worked construction and most boarding places wouldn’t work with a mare,” admitted Mary.
She worked alongside her late husband as an environmental inspector, so she boarded her horses until recently, but has had horses since she was a girl.
One of the horses she trained, Famous Ed, won two consecutive world championships in junior barrel racing in 2007 and 2008. She was unable to run him herself because of her broken shoulder.
In her barrel prospects, she looks “a little at the breeding. I prefer a little bit smaller horse. She’s not little, but she’s not huge, either. Like everyone else, I like a low hock, short cannon bone, so they’ll stay sound and fast,” said Mary.
She is very proud of the mare.
The 6-year-old bay is by Streakin Again.
“He’s an up-and-coming sire,” said Mary. He traces back to speed horses Easy Jet and Streakin Six.
Shelby is out of RLJ Callinallangles.
“The mare line that she’s out of is not that recognizable to other people, but I’ve known the grandma, and know that mare line really well,” said Mary.
In speed events where every tenth of a second counts, breeding can make the difference for prospects.
“I was happy with her. She ran hard, I was thrilled,” said Mary.
Mary is humble and pleasant about the win. Her main priority was taking care of her horse after the run, which speaks to her success as a horseman.
“My niche is starting colts. I’m pretty much through with riding the futurity colts because you have to think three steps ahead and ride a step ahead. I like just staying where I’m at,” said Mary with a chuckle, “For years, I did train and ride futurity colts. I’ve had some success with that. This has been fun. It’s a little hard to get qualified (for Select) for the event that I’m in. You have to travel pretty far to show. We’ll work on it for next year.”
Even though qualifying can be tough, she has enjoyed the experience. The recommendations from her friends persuaded her to consider the Adequan Select World in the first place.
“I had some friends that had made it. They said how fun it was and how well we were treated here. I had a good friend who had also qualified so she said, ‘Come on.’ The experience has been “Very good,” said Mary.
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The free pop and water in the horsepitality room are her favorites! You can’t blame her. The water definitely helps with the Texas heat and dust.
“The hospitality booth has been a wonderful thing. Everyone has been very helpful. It’s been a good experience,” said Mary.
With the support of her friends and her horse, Shelby, the Adequan Select World has been a success for Mary.