by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Beautiful Maiden wins the 2012 AQHA junior hunter under saddle world championship with AQHA Professional Horseman Stacy Huls. (Journal photo)
AQHA Professional Horseman Stacy Lane Huls of Cave Creek, Arizona, hasn’t had too long to get to know Beautiful Maiden, a 2008 bay mare by Allocate Your Assets and out of Maid For Luke by Luke At Me.
Her client, Alexandra Chavez of Paradise Valley, Arizona, just purchased the mare November 10 from Barry Falkenham.
“It has been very much about getting to know each other this week,” Stacy said in her Journal Winning Run interview.
She apparently had long enough – the pair won the junior hunter under saddle world championship at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show on November 15.
“She’s super-talented,” Stacy said. “She’s great; she’s fun; it was a good trip. I can’t say enough good things about her.”
She added: “She’s real feel-y, she listens to you. She follows your body a lot, and just has a great feeling underneath you. She carries herself and is always there 100 percent.”
Alexandra is “pretty new to the horse world,” Stacy said. “She started showing in the past few years, and she had a horse we started with and needed to graduate and step up, so this is her new one. Hopefully we plan to start showing in January, in the Novice and amateur.”
It’s Stacy’s third World Show title. She won the 2008 and 2010 junior hunter saddle world championships with Kimberly Lloyd Wright’s Blended Choclate, a horse she’s showing this year in the senior.
“(Winning a world championship) never gets old! That whole countdown thing, where you are standing there (in the middle of the arena), it never gets old. With every placing called, you think, ‘Yay, I made it here,’ but the closer you get, you get those sweaty palms. It’s very exciting, and I’m very appreciative.”
Stacy started into horses as a little girl.
“I did the 4-H thing, I had a rotten pony, you name it, and stuck with it,” she said. “A lot of great people along the years have helped and been very encouraging and it just kind of happened. Doug (Huls) and I met and I really had no intentions of ever becoming a horse trainer, but then just being on the road, it happened.”
And she loves the hunter under saddle horse.
“The horses are so talented, and it’s amazing what you can get them to do,” Stacy said about the class. “For me, it’s time to think. The other (events) kind of come at me a little bit too fast and I like that (hunter under saddle) pace, that feel, that control. It’s just my passion.”
She said the list of people she’d like to thank “goes on and on. Obviously, Alex: Without her and wanting to purchase a new horse, it never would have happened. Doug, he’s a great supporter; he’s always there.
“And I would add (thanks to) a lot of my competitors: Katie Jo (Pickard) has been helpful this week; and Nancy Sue (Ryan) and Angie (Rigden-)Cannizzaro. It was a good feeling to purchase a horse, and she was everything they told me she was. Everyone stepped up and was right there 100 percent any time I had a question or ran into a little bobble, they were right there to help me get through it. That’s pretty amazing.”