November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur Western Riding

Theresa Moran and Vital Signs Are Good win another world championship.

Vital Signs Are Good and Theresa Moran

Vital Signs Are Good and Theresa Moran

Theresa Moran is thinking of bringing her new gold trophy back to the University of Southern California next week to prove to her professors that she had a good excuse for skipping class.

The college junior warned her professors she’d be competing November 12 in the amateur western riding finals at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.

It was time well spent. Theresa and her parents’ famous Vital Signs Are Good precisely completed western riding pattern No. 3 ninth in the go order for the highest score of 234 and the AQHA world championship.

“She’s the best! Love her!” Theresa said of “Lucy.” “I just wanted to get through it and not hit the log. That was my biggest concern. She was super good. She was better than in the prelims. I was really excited.”

Theresa attributes her successful relationship with Lucy to two things: riding and pampering.

“We give her a lot of time off and a lot of apples and peppermints at the barn,” she said. “She’s very happy and very spoiled. I ride her a lot myself and (AQHA Professional Horseman) Jason (Martin) watches, so that helps me know her really well.”

Speaking of Jason, Theresa admits she gave him a huge scare as he watched her finals run from the stands.

“I almost stopped in my pattern at the very end, loping up the middle!” she said. “I almost gave Jason a heart attack. But I got her to keep loping. I almost gave myself a heart attack. My heart kind of stopped. But it was OK. I got through it!" 

She commends her competitors for their successful rides. 

“They’re all so good, so I’m very very excited that I won,” she said. “I’m friends with most of them. Darcy’s (Reeve) in my barn, so I’m excited that she got second. I’m happy for everyone out there. They’re all so nice.”

Lucy has senior western riding next week with Jason. Theresa said it’ll be easy to keep her ready to do her job:

“She’s super easy. Just a light ride every day and lots of apples.”

Lucy has been a successful participant of AQHA world championship shows since she won 2-year-old western pleasure in 2002.

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