2013 Farnam All-Around Amateur Meghan O'Malley lets her mare, A Chanceof Blueskies, sniff the check the pair won.
During the last week, the Farnam All-Around Amateur contenders competed in a variety of events throughout the American Quarter Horse Association’s 2013 Bank of America Amateur World Championship Show. This year, 54 contenders competed for the Farnam All-Around Amateur award.
The 2013 Farnam All-Around Amateur is Meghan O’Malley of Suffolk, Virginia. Meghan showed A Chanceof Blueskies, a 2002 buckskin mare by Sky Blue Walker and out of One Day By Chance (TB), who was bred by Julie O’Brien of Southington, Ohio. Meghan and "Lucy" earned world championships in amateur working hunter, amateur hunter hack and amateur equitation over fences.
The pair 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.
The 2013 Farnam Reserve All-Around Amateur is Whitney Walquist-Vicars of Cleburne, Texas, who showed her homebred Southwestern Gunman. Southwestern Gunman is a 2006 bay gelding by Dress Western and out of Ms Southern Border. Whitney and Southwestern Gunman earned a world championship in amateur performance halter geldings, a reserve world championship in amateur horsemanship, placed eighth in amateur hunt seat equitation and 10th in western riding.
The pair received a price package that included $5,000, plus $500 in Farnam products and a silver bowl.
Placing third was Hannah Elizabeth Bedwell of Ball Ground, Georgia, who showed Regal To A Te, a 2002 bay gelding by Regal Rhapsody and out of Sierress, who was bred by Kim Wilcox of Canton, Georgia. Hannah and Regal To A Te earned a reserve world championship in amateur hunter hack, placed third in amateur equitation over fences and fourth in amateur working hunter.
Placing fourth was Jim Bound of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, who showed Bound To Be Dun, a 2008 red dun gelding by Dun It Gotta Gun and out of Not Dun Cookin, who was bred by Lisa Lubbert of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Jim and Bound To Be Dun earned a reserve world championship in amateur heeling and placed third in amateur tie-down roping.
Placing fifth was Lori Wyman of Osceola, Nebraska, who showed Little Doc Lady. The 2004 buckskin mare by Lucky Little Lena and out of Miss Thumb Badger was bred by David Nogle of Palatine, Illinois. Lori and Little Doc Lady earned a reserve world championship in amateur working cow horse and were sixth in amateur ranch horse pleasure.
The third- through fifth-place winners received a prize package that included $1,500, plus $250 in Farnam products.