November 19, 2010
By Julie PrebleThe American Quarter Horse Journal
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Michaela Kayser of Germany
One ring steward at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show traveled a long way to be here.
Michaela Kayser of Wollbach, Germany, has always loved horses, but she first got involved with American Quarter Horses when she was 19 years old. She took an apprenticeship with a Quarter Horse training stable that had about 120 horses.
“When I was done with my apprenticeship as an industrial clerk, I thought something needs to change, and I saw that little ad in the newspaper that (the stable) was looking for someone, and I thought, ‘There we go!’ ” says Michaela, “Micky” to her friends. “So I went right in there, and I thought either they take me or I quit (working with) horses.”
Since that time nearly 20 years ago, Micky has been working with horses.
Back in Wollbach, Micky has two Quarter Horses, WM Redskins Encore, aka “Skippy,” and Ellas Lil Redskin, aka “Lilly.”
Though she currently isn’t showing, Micky did show and train western pleasure, reining, trail and hunter under saddle. She and her family have a barn that is home to about 22 horses and a good number of customers.
About four years ago, Micky decided to take time off for showing so she could be home more with her two children, Ella, 4, and Julian, 2.
In 2003, Michaela began judging in Germany and 2009 was her first year to work as a ring steward at the AQHA World Championship Show.
“For 10 years, I did ring stewarding for almost every big show in Germany, and I really love to be part of the show, and it just came to me. People said to me, ‘Oh, you need to do AQHA,’” says Micky. “So I started thinking about it and gave it a try.”
Last year, Micky got an e-mail that said, “Someone got sick. Can you jump in being ring steward at the World Show?”
Micky burned up her keyboard responding.
“I was answering so quick that I didn’t look at my calendar or talk to any of my family,” she says. “No question about it, of course I’m coming!”
One of the biggest differences Micky has noticed between showing in the United States and showing in Europe is the sheer number of horses in the States.
She said that the quality of horses here is amazing and that the quality in Europe is good as well, but the number of top-quality horses is much larger in the States.
The sheer number of horses makes the judges’ decisions harder, and they have to focus on the details.
“It’s very interesting to see the little things that make the difference,” Micky says.
World Show Sale
The World Show Sale continued November 19 with a feature the sale of three original Orren Mixer paintings: Goldseeker Bars, Paul A and Red Wimpy.
During the first day of the sale, Karin Prevedel of Italy was among the buyers. She bought two horses from the sale – her two first choices, she said – and was transferring them at the AQHA on-site services booth just behind the sale ring. She bought one yearling through the Schroeder sale and one through the Rodrock sale.
Her new purchases, a filly and a gelding, will be flown to Amsterdam and from there to Italy for 30 days of quarantine, Karin said. It won’t be long, Karin said, before those horses are making names for themselves at the European Championships.
The World Show Wrap-Up, a fundraiser for the World Conformation Horse Association, will begin with dinner and cocktails at 6 p.m. November 19 followed by a country music concert and dancing at 7 p.m.
Nashville recording artist Mark Cooke will provide the entertainment in Expo Hall 3 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
Limited standing room only tickets are still available at the door.
Exhibitor Maggie Bellville of Atlanta told the Journal in her winning run interview that her husband of almost 20 years, Lew, died November 2. Our sympathies go to her in this loss.