by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
The youth horse won.
On November 17 at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show, Hot Rockin Potential became world champion in trail.
“Sonny” was ridden by AQHA Professional Horseman Whitney Lagace of Higganum, Connecticut, for youth owner Libby Rinder of Durham, Connecticut, through a trail course that led from one complicated element to the next with little time to breathe.
Libby, 18, watched from the rail in the Jim Norick Coliseum as Whitney guided Sonny through the obstacles.
“I was a little worried about the sidepass, but he handled it fantastic,” Libby said. “The bridge with the backup – I was pretty sure he would handle it OK and he did – but I was a little worried, so I held my breath for that part, too, but he was great for the whole thing.”
Libby has shown the horse extensively for the two years she has owned him. With Libby, Sonny has 48 youth trail points, 20.5 horsemanship points and 10 western pleasure points. It was his first trip to the World Show.
“He’s amazing. I love him,” she said. “He’s been amazing this whole year, and he was fantastic this whole show. I was shaking like a leaf the whole time he was showing, and sitting there on the rail, especially when it got down to the top three, I was pretty nervous.”
Libby only started showing trail with him this year.
“I have one more year as a youth rider, so I’m excited to hit it hard in trail next year with him,” she said.
She’s hoping to make a return trip to Oklahoma City and see whether Sonny can’t win another world championship.
Whitney Lagace and Hot Rockin Potential