by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
SF Check Me Out and Christy Brasier extend their trot November 14 on their way to winning the first amateur world championship in ranch pleasure. (Journal photo)
The family that shares a horse can win a lot of money and trophies – especially if that horse is SF Check Me Out.
But November 14, Christy Brasier of Montrose, Colorado, won “Larkin” his first world championship in amateur ranch pleasure at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
Sixteen horses came back to the finals for a pattern that challenged the horses to show extension of the gaits, upward and downward transitions, cross logs and open a gate.
“It was good,” Christy said in her exclusive Journal interview. “I was worried. I split the log at first (with the horse’s hind feet), so I had to look down and then make sure he was up (in the correct position) before I sidepassed. I was a little worried, but it was all good.”
SF Check Me Out is a 1999 bay gelding by Look Whos Larkin and out of Katie Chex by Docs Fritzl Chex. He was bred by Steve M. Fleming of Comanche, Texas, and is owned by Butch Morgan of Elbert, Colorado, Christy’s dad.
Larkin has earned $10,996.05 at AQHA world shows, not counting the money he picked up for his world championship. In 2012, he was 10th at the World Show in open ranch pleasure with Charlene Morgan, Christy’s mom. Charlene took Larkin to the Adequan Select World Championship Show this year where she was fifth in Select ranch pleasure. At that same show, Larkin was Butch’s mount as he won the inaugural Gene Graves Super Select Award.
So far this year, Larkin has placed in the top 10 in ranch pleasure at every AQHA world show. At the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, he was sixth with Morgan Holmes of Sarasota, Florida, Christy’s niece.
“Probably Mom (rides him the most),” Christy said. “We all ride him a bunch. I didn’t ride him much this year but I roped on him, but my mom, she’s really been working hard and riding a bunch this year. He just does everything. He was here (in Oklahoma City) last week at the US Team Roping Championships. He’s just an amazing horse.”
In National Reining Horse Association competition, Larkin has earnings of $7,423.81. In National Reined Cow Horse Association competition, he has earned $1,435.70. He has AQHA points in reining, ranch pleasure, working cow horse, heading, heeling and boxing.
Christy only rode Larkin once to qualify for the World Show.
“I had a reining futurity that I was supposed to go to,” Christy said, “and I couldn’t because I had to do surgery on my little futurity horse. It was the last weekend to qualify (for the World Show) and she said ‘Would you come down and show him and qualify for the World Show?’ and so I did. I showed him once. Last weekend to qualify him!”
Christy was up for the challenge of competing at the World Show with Larkin. Though it might be his first world championship, it’s not Christy’s. In 2009, she was world champion in amateur performance halter mares with Photos Cool Carrie.
“I’ve been reserve in reining and third in heading,” she said. “(I want to thank) my mom and dad, my husband Dustin, my family back home, my sister – shoot, everybody.”
She plans to return to defend her title in 2014.
“I might have to – if my mom lets me,” Christy said.
Charlene will be riding the horse in open ranch pleasure.