by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Tim “The Trail Man” Kimura is known for his challenging AQHA World Championship Show patterns. But he certainly outdid himself with his design for the 2010 amateur trail finals. From the tight jog serpentine at the beginning to the tight bridge walkover at the end, Tim didn’t give the amateurs much time to think. It included a double-gate back-through, elevated lopeovers, lead changes, and a sidepass chute combination.
Sarah Yaglowski and Zip It By Me, third in the finals go, sure made it look pretty on the way to earning their first world championship.
“I really hate the backthrough,” Sarah said. “I don’t ever practice it, because the more I practice it, the worse I get. I just kind of closed my eyes and let him take me through it. The sidepass was really tricky, too.
“I just wanted to do every obstacle one piece at a time. My trainer (AQHA Professional Horseman Gene Spagnola) always tells me, ‘You have to finish one obstacle before you start the next one and start looking ahead.’ I just tried to keep thinking about that.”
Sarah and Zip It By Me have been partners for a long time. But his road to becoming a world champion trail horse was long – Sarah and Gene gave up on him at one point. Sarah said ring crews always had to reset a course after they’d gone through it.
“One day, he picked up his feet, and Gene was like, ‘Oh, I think he’s going to be a good one. I showed as a youth, then he had colic surgery and had a few years off. And now we’re back.”
Sarah’s world championship backdrop photo at K.C. Montgomery’s booth included a whole gang of her barnmates at Powder Brook Farms where she trains with Gene and AQHA Professional Horseman Gretchen Mathes.
“(I have to thank) my trainer, my parents (Beth and Steven) and my best horse, ever. And our whole crew, dysfunctional family at Powder Brook Farms!” she laughed.
Amateur Trail World Champion Sarah Yaglowski and Zip It By Me