by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Becky King rides Vision Of Art to the reserve world championship in amateur working hunter. (Journal photo)
Becky King of North Palm Beach, Florida, arrived in Oklahoma City for the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show with a simple goal in mind.
“I was just hoping to make it back to the finals in at least one of my classes, and I made it back in all three,” Becky said. “(Winning this) is just the icing on the cake. It’s unbelievable. I’m thrilled.”
“This” is winning the 2012 Farnam All-Around Amateur award with Vision Of Art, 2000 sorrel mare by Artful Move and out of Fiestyirishbeauty (TB) who was bred by Marne Fauber of Plant City, Florida.
During Bank of America Amateur Week, Farnam All-Around Amateur 63 contenders competed in a variety of events.
Becky and Vision Of Art earned 38 points competing in three classes. They won the reserve world champion title in amateur working hunter, placed third in amateur equation over fences and were fourth in amateur hunter hack.
“I never expected to get this on her,” Becky said. “I wouldn’t say it was a long time coming, I’d say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime shock.”
Becky and Vision Of Art received a prize package that included $15,000, plus $1,000 in Farnam products, an original Lisa Perry Bronze, an embroidered WeatherBeeta horse blanket and a rose bouquet.
“(Allie) is 12, and I’ve had her since she was 2,” Becky said. “She’s like part of my family, and I love her. She’s as honest as the day is long, and I can count on her for anything.”
The 2012 Farnam Reserve All-Around Amateur is Whitney Walquist-Vicars of Cleburne, Texas. Whitney showed her homebred horse Southwestern Gunman.
Southwestern Gunman is a 2006 bay gelding by Dress Western and out of Ms Southern Border. The team earned 36 points competing in five classes.They won the world champion title in horsemanship, placed fifth in a showmanship, eighth in amateur performance halter geldings and ninth in amateur trail.
Whitney and Southwestern Gunman received a prize package that included $5,000, plus $500 in Farnam products and a silver bowl.
Placing third was Angela Fox of Little Elm, Texas. Angela showed The Heat Seeker, a 2003 sorrel gelding by Hot N Blazing and out of Pedo Little Princess who was bred by Sandy Read of Aubrey, Texas.
Angela and The Heat Seeker earned a total of 33 points competing in four classes.They placed fourth in showmanship and amateur hunt seat equitation, seventh in horsemanship and eleventh in amateur performance halter geldings.
Placing fourth was Daniel Carlson of Sheffield, Massachusetts. Daniel showed Are You Charlie, who is owned by Patricia Carlson of Sheffield, Massachusetts.
The 2001 sorrel mare is by Dont Skip Charlie and out of Are You Zipped and was bred by Joe and Suzy Jeane of Valley View, Texas.
The team earned a total of 32 points competing in five classes.They won the world champion title in showmanship, sixth in amateur trail and seventh in amateur performance halter mares.
Placing fifth was Morgan Parisek of Murray, Kentucky. Morgan showed Slow N Natural, who is owned by Alexis Parisek of Elgin, Illinois.
The 2006 sorrel gelding by Natural Iron and out of Secret Lil (TB), was bred by Stanley and Susan Scott of Ocala, Florida. Morgan and Slow N Natural earned 32 points showing in three classes. They placed third in amateur working hunter, fourth in amateur equitation over fences and fifth in amateur hunter hack.
The third- through fifth-place winners received a prize package that included $1,500, plus $250 in Farnam products.