by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
A former youth champion returned to showing in 2010 and celebrated in 2011 by winning amateur weanling mares at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.
In August 1985, Angie earned a youth Championship with Tough Touch. On November 6, the Newnan, Georgia, resident led Cleeshay to the first world championship for both of them.
“I had quite a few nice halter horses as a youth, and then I quit for a while,” Angie says to the Journal in an exclusive interview. “I got married and had kids. Now they’re old enough to go, and I started back showing. Now we’re taking them with me. My daughter showed Cleeshay at the (All American Quarter Horse) Congress and she won there with her.”
Cleeshay is a 2011 sorrel mare by Im Kiddin and out of Love The Knight Life by Dawns Knight. She was bred by Maggie Bellville of Atlanta, Georgia, and her late husband, Lew. Maggie showed the mare at the Big Money Halter Futurity in September and then sold her to Angie.
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“Maggie’s the one who gave me the opportunity to buy her, so it was awesome to have that opportunity,” Angie says. “It was right after the Big Money Futurity, when they went to Jackson and showed her. I never saw her. I bought her sight unseen. (AQHA Professional Horseman Ron Stratton) said she’s awesome. I didn’t see her until Congress. That was the first time I saw her.”
At Congress, Angie and her daughter both showed Cleeshay to trophy wins.
After a long fall full of wins, Angie just had one thought on her mind for a celebration: “I’m going home to go hunting.”
Angie Schmeck of Newnan, Georgia, wearing gold, accepts her matching trophy for her world championship with Cleeshay. (Journal photo)