November 6-21, 2015, Oklahoma City

Senior Pole Bending

A 'Promise' of effort goes gold.

In 2008, Kathy Warren of Weatherford, Texas, brought her daughter’s mare, WR Peponic Promise, to the AQHA World Championship Show where they finished eighth.

This year, Kathy and “Promise” came to the World Show again with a little different outcome – first place.

“She was amazing,” Kathy said excitedly after winning her first world championship. “She just ran in there so smooth. I had a little visit with her before we got in the arena, and she did exactly what I asked her to do and it was just amazing. Smooth. I never touched her. She just did it all by herself.”

Kathy and Promise have a special relationship after their years together.

“I’ve had her for about seven years now,” Kathy said. “She’s a sweet horse. She’ll do anything for you if you treat her right, if you stay out of her face and let her do job.”

Kathy did just that. The two of them clocked 40:507 in two runs for the title, in a final performance that kept ratcheting up the speed as the lead changed hands with each new run. But Promise, bred for cow horse, likes the speed events.

“She does well in the barrels, runs in the 2Ds, and runs 1Ds in the poles,” she said. “(From here), we’re going to Fort Worth to see how we do there. We usually do very well in Fort Worth.”

2010 AQHA World Championship Show Senior Pole Bending world champion WR Peponic Promise and Kathy Warren

WR Peponic Promise and Kathy Warren.