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November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur Pole Bending

Second going in, first coming out.

Amanda Padgett of Battletown, Kentucky, has been chasing her dreams of winning an AQHA world championship for years. On November 8, Amanda and her mare, Miss June Meyers, finally made it to the top.

“It’s awesome,” Amanda says. “I’ve tried so many years for this. It’s just great.”

After winning reserve at last year’s AQHA World Championship Show, Amanda didn’t expect to win it this year. Amanda and the 1997 bay mare were second in the senior pole bending in 2010, but Amanda wasn’t going to let her preliminary ride set her back.

“I was second going in (to the finals). I was four-tenths off, actually. So I knew I had to catch up, but I did somehow.”

After a rocky start to her amateur pole bending finals pattern, Amanda weaved her way to her first gold trophy.

“I blew the first turn completely so I knew I had to make up some time,” Amanda says. “So I was just trying to stay really close in the weave and make sure I didn’t get too close and hit poles. And then I could hear the crowd behind me hollering like I hit one. “When I turned the end pole, it was wobblin’. I was like, ‘Okay, okay, it’s up!’ And I just ran out, asking for everything I could.”

Amanda’s father, Scotty Padgett of Payneville, Kentucky, owns the mare, who is by Copper Del Rio and out of April Mae Meyers by King Stacey Meyers, and bought her for Amanda when she was 9 years old.

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“We got her when she was a weanling. I’ve had her since I was 9, and she’s 14 now. She’s kind of spooky, but she’ll trail ride. She just…,” Amanda starts before tearing up.

“It’s just the greatest thing ever. I didn’t expect it so I was just proud.”

Amanda Padgett and Miss June Meyers

Amanda Padgett and Miss June Meyers win their first AQHA world championship.