by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Amateur Scott A. Kennedy of Ocala, Florida, had a good feeling about his mare, Sheza Statutory. He and his wife, Breda, had been fitting her and thought she was ready to come to the AQHA World Championship Show.
“She’s just a great mare,” Scott told the Journal in his winning run interview. “She’s really well put together. Good hock, good across her back and just pretty. Just pretty.”
His faith in Sheza Statutory was rewarded November 12 when she won the world championship in amateur 3-year-old mares for Scott’s first gold-tone trophy.
“She’s by Statutory and out of a Kid Clu mare,” Scott said. “She’s won the Congress a couple of times, and it’s the first time we’ve ever brought her out here. I’m just really proud of her.
“She’s a great mare, and we love her to death. It’s awesome.”
Breda, who is home in Ocala, couldn’t make it to the World Show to exhibit her horse or watch in person due to some back problems, but Sheza Statutory is really hers and has been since the Kennedys bought the sorrel mare from Rick Skelly as a weanling.
The Kennedys handle the fitting themselves with a little advice from a pro.
“Ronnie Casper (of Ocala) is a great friend of mine, and he helps me out a whole bunch with tips and ideas and things to do, and I really appreciate his help,” Scott said.