by Samantha EckertThe American Quarter Horse Journal
It has been 15 years since her last world championship, but on November 11, Holly Brown Powell of Lexington, Kentucky, claimed the amateur working hunter world champion title on a homebred horse at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.
“It’s great,” Holly says. “It has been 15 years since I won my last world (championship). So, it’s been a long time.”
After a third place finish in the amateur equitation over fences finals, Holly and her horse were much more relaxed for the working hunter finals.
“He felt really relaxed,” Holly says about her horse. “He had been a little nervous in the equitation. And so, when he came in I knew he let out a breath.”
Holly and her family started breeding their own horses to raise and show.
“We bred him,” Holly says. “And raised him and he’s the very first horse that we bred and started with again. It has been quite a journey.”
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The 2004 gray gelding is by The Last Captive and out of the Thoroughbred mare, Lady Dala by Lord Alive. Holly and her family call him “Sting.”
“He’s very quirky, as you’ve noticed,” Holly says after we watched Sting move ever-so-slightly in each win picture. “But we love him.”
Holly and her family had tried to start Sting on their own but ran into some trouble along the way.
“We probably would not even own him now if (AQHA Professional Horseman) David (Warner) hadn’t started helping us when he was a 4-year-old. We ran into some trouble and David fixed it.”
Holly is no stranger to the gold trophy.
“I won a world (championship) when I was a youth, and it’s hard to start over again and raise your own horses,” Holly says. She won the a world championship at the 1996 AQHYA World Show. “This time we’re breeding them and making them that way. It’s rewarding beyond words.”
Holly Powell of Lexington, Kentucky, and My White Corvette win the 2011 amateur working hunter world championship. (Journal photo)