by Mallory MartinThe American Quarter Horse Journal
With two horses in the jump-off of the amateur jumping finals November 12, Raymond Coutley knew he would place, and he was just hoping for a clean ride. What he ended up with was a world championship and a bronze.
“I had two horses, and I was just hoping to go double clean on both of them.” Raymond told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “I almost did it and definitely did it on the one who won the world, so we were happy.”
In an intense jump-off between Raymond on Navier Stokes, aka “Navin,” and Rubys Work of Art and Mr Al Capone ridden by Tasha Lodwig, Raymond and Navin were the only duo to finish with a clean ride and capture the gold.
Raymond was very pleased with the way both of his horses performed.
“I have been working really hard with (AQHA Professional Horseman) Alfred (Hewitt) and trying to be a little more accurate rider,” Raymond told the Journal in his winning run interview.
Both of Raymond’ s horses are out of his mare, Ferns Ruby, a three time jumping world champion at the AQHA World Championship Show.
Navin and Raymond have proven themselves to be tough contenders in jumping. Together they are leading the high-point in jumping, were reserve at the 2010 All American Quarter Horse Congress in amateur and open jumping and were reserve world champions at last year’s World Show in amateur and open jumping.
Next year, Raymond plans to compete with Navin at the Adequan Select World Show in hunter hack, working hunter and equitation over fences.