by Jody ReynoldsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Luke Here Honey and Terrie Brewer Booth earn their first world championship as a team.
Terrie Brewer Booth has a new gold trophy to go with the four silvers she’s amassed in the past four years. Since 2009, she and Luke Here Honey, her 2000 chestnut gelding, have consistently earned reserve in amateur pleasure driving.
On November 14, they finally took the world championship at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
“I have a collection, but this is the first gold one,” Terrie told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “It’s very exciting for me.”
They bested a talented, 12-head finals class that included last year’s world champion, Jenny Martin with Dirty Sexy Money and last year’s bronze winner Christina Wenger with Chillz.
“He’s a sweet horse, and he loves his job,” Terrie said of “Honey.” “He loves to drive. He’s got a big trot along with his big heart. That’s probably from having lots of owners who love him.”
Honey won his first world championship in junior hunter under saddle in 2004 and has been a regular World Show contender ever since. In 2007, he was reserve Superhorse. He earned back-to-back senior hunter under saddle world championships in 2007 and 2008. The gelding, by Luke At Me and out of Student Of Art (TB), has earned more than $33,300 in AQHA World Show winnings.
Although pleasure driving can be a stressful class for amateur exhibitors, Terrie said she doesn’t get too nervous.
“Not with him,” she said confidently. “He takes care of me very well. I love it. I try to find a good position to be seen by the judges.”
Because of all of the equipment involved with the pleasure driving class, “It requires a lot of help,” she said. “I had a village working with me. A plethora of people.”
Terrie especially thanked her trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Chuck Briggs, and Rodger Call, whom she bought the horse from.
She’ll be back at the World Show next year.
“I love the competition,” she said. “I love the cameraderie with everyone who’s here, whether it be the roping or western pleasure, English, hunters. Everybody’s happy to be here and very nice.”
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