by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Naturally Broke and AQHA Professional Horseman Lainie DeBoer
AQHA Professional Horseman Lainie DeBoer came to the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show to win, and that's exactly what she did.
On November 13, she won back-to-back world championship titles in hunter hack, making this her second and third wins of the show. And it's only Wednesday.
In senior hunter hack, Lainie competed on amateur competitor Abbie Skelton’s horse, Naturally Broke, or "Spencer," by Natural Iron and out of Go For Broke (TB).
Lainie beamed about her run:
“He is a little spooky at the end of the ring, so when I went in and he was really relaxed, I picked up my canter. Once I turned the corner, he had his nose to the jump and he gave me such a good first jump with a beautiful lead change. I knew that his second jump was going to be his money jump. He jumps really well off of that lead when he lands to the right. I thought I could show off a little bit, and I cantered up there. He gave me a beautiful effort.”
His past in hunter under saddle allowed Lainie to show off even more at the end of her flawless run.
“I knew coming home that he’d be really good to halt. I hand-galloped to the cone and did a fancy stop. I don’t do that all of the time, so it was fun.” Lainie laughed.
In addition to being an incredible athlete, this horse is also quite the character, she said.
“We bought him in January from Bill Ellis and David Conners,” Lainie said. “He’s got the funniest personality. He’s really cocky, super cocky. He’s very full of himself, but he’s really kind and takes care of his amateur. He’s one of those that anytime you put him into a tough situation, he just rises above it. He thrives in it.”
She says his Natural Iron breeding makes him a little grittier and more willing to push himself.
But Spencer can occasionally be a challenge.
“He’s a big horse, and he’s a big mover,” Lainie said. “I’m not super tall, so I have to really sit back. He’s one of those that you have to wrap your leg around and sit deep. I have to keep reminding myself.”
She knew that with his talent she had a chance to win the senior hack class, but she didn’t relax until the rail work was through.
“He flatted beautifully. I couldn’t ask for anything better. It was just lovely.” Lainie said.
Spencer isn’t done yet! He and Abbie Skelton compete in the amateur hunter hack finals tonight.
“She’s nervous right now. But he’s ready. He’s ready to knock it out. I’m really excited, and he’ll take care of her. It’ll be fun.”
As for Lainie, she’s taking the World Show one minute at a time. She has 13 more horses to compete on during the next week.
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