by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Kat Man Shine and Bruce Vickery
AQHA Professional Horseman Bruce Vickery of Sanger, Texas, was ninth in the go for the senior trail finals November 18 at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
The Tim Kimura-designed pattern opened with a gate and then a complicated sidepass around two right angles. It had given more than one horse and rider team trouble already.
“This pattern was pretty technical today,” Bruce said. “It started with such a high degree of difficulty because you had to come off that gate and into that side pass, and you had to be really slow and precise to make sure that you didn’t hit that.
“And then you really had to get going because right after that (was) a set of elevated trots and serpentines where you needed a lot of forward motion and a lot of momentum. So you had to get off the first obstacle slow and then really build and go.”
His ride, sorrel gelding Kat Man Shine owned by Teresa Kohman of Syracuse, Kansas, made the pattern look pretty. Bruce calls the gelding “an incredibly naturally talented horse, and very careful on a run.” They scored a 239 for the win. “It was tough, very tough, but fun,” Bruce said. “It was a fun course – really good one.”
Teresa has owned “Shine” since February 2007. The horse has several top-10 World Show appearances and won the 2006 reserve world championship in western riding. This is his first world championship.
“My friend (Joanne Garnett) owned him,” Teresa said, “and she talked me into buying him and talked me into (riding) with Bruce. (Shine) has been great; he’s been fun. He has the most super personality ever.”
Teresa plans to continue showing him: “Shine just takes care of me.”
Bruce has several trail world championships to his credit – this one is special because he had Shine as a 2-year-old.
“I had him for his junior years,” Bruce said. “I sold him, and he’s been several different places, and now he’s back. He’s 18; and he’s a superstar. It was very special to me (to win this).
“I want to thank Theresa for sending him back to me, first and foremost. And I really want to thank my team (in my barn)… they make all this happen – keep me upbeat and keep me together.”