by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Linda Crothers of Sarasota, Florida, piloted Slow N Natural to the win in progressive working hunter at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo).
With AQHA Professional Horseman Linda Crothers in the irons, Slow N Natural captured his second AQHA world championship of the year.
The 2006 sorrel gelding, bred by Stanley and Susan Scott of Ocala, Florida, won the hunter hack at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show with owner Alexis Parisek of Elgin, Illinois. On November 12, the big gelding was back in Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park.
The Pariseks purchased Slow N Natural, by Natural Iron and out of Secret Lil (TB) by Cimarron Secret, in January.
“I only try to pick the best,” says Linda of Sarasota, Florida. “It doesn’t always work, but he’s a good horse. He’s just a show horse. He walks into the ring and he’s like, ‘I’m here, watch me.’ I think that’s what makes a really good horse.”
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In addition to Alexis’ win at the Ford Youth World, Linda has also had a bit of success with “Roger.” The duo won junior working hunter, was third in progressive working hunter and third in the junior hunter hack at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
When describing Roger, Linda has a copious amount of adjectives at hand.
“He’s been great,” she starts. “He’s a cool horse. He’s very scopey – he’s a lot of fun. He just kind of dials in and does his job.”
When it came to the progressive working hunter finals course, Linda says that Roger stepped into the pen more than ready for the challenge.
“He just walked in, was tame from the beginning and just cruised around. I was thrilled with him. Everything just worked.”
For 2012, it looks like Roger will have a trio of riders.
“He’ll be back to Lexy’s horse next year,” Linda says. “Morgan, her older sister, will show him a little bit in the amateur, and hopefully I’ll get to do him back in the senior, because I think he’s well worthy of doing that.”
Linda has a few things that she credits to Roger’s success.
“I want to thank M.J. for the great start on him, tiger’s blood and everything else going through him.”