by Jody ReynoldsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Navier Stokes and Raymond Coutley
Raymond Coutley and his 2000 bay gelding, Navier Stokes, defended their amateur jumping title on November 15 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
In the amateur jumping finals, they ran the only clean pattern, with a 63.781 for their second world championship in a row and fourth of their career.
“He was really, really good tonight,” Raymond told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “When we competed in the open in the prelims, we didn’t have a very good go. So he’s been getting progressively better, and we really peaked tonight by not touching anything and running clean in the first round.”
Because he and “Naven” were the only run with no faults, there was no jump off, which was a rare treat.
“This win was incredible, especially because we didn’t have to do a jump off,” he said. “He jumped so well out there for me today. This one was a great one. Mike’s (Christian, AQHA World Show hunter/jumper course designer) courses can be challenging. Luckily, today, Naven took the test and passed it in the first round.”
The pair was seventh earlier in the week in open jumping.
Raymond raised Naven and considers the 13-year-old gelding a permanent member of the family. He owns Naven’s mom, world champion Ferns Ruby, and his sister, last year’s reserve amateur jumping world champion, Rubys Work Of Art.
“I bred his sister last year because I was first and second on her last year,” he said. “So, we’re working on that next one to fall in line behind him.”
Raymond said Naven is full of character.
“He has a lot of personality,” he laughed. “I delivered him. He’s been with me every day of his life. I don’t over-campaign or show him. I get ready for the big shows and keep him fit over the course of the year, and he does his job.”
Raymond has no intention of slowing down with Naven.
“Of course he’s going to come back next year,” he insisted. “He’s only 13. His mother showed until she was 23. So, he’s definitely coming back.”
Raymond enjoys jumping because, “I like the excitement and the adrenaline rush. It’s forgiving as far as equitation, because my equitation and riding skills leave something to be desired. So the horse can cover up for a lot of my mistakes."
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