by Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Bestseatnthehouse and Rusty Green
Rusty Green was in good company in the 2-year-old western pleasure finals November 23 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, but he knew he had a shot at the gold trophy. He did, after all, have the Bestseatnthehouse.
“I knew I had to be right on, but I knew I had a good horse and I knew I had a shot to win,” Rusty told the Journal. “And that’s all you can ever have.”
Just five months ago, Rusty and Katie, his wife and fellow trainer, spied Bestseatnthehouse. The 2-year-old was in training with Brian and Dawn Baker of Sunbury, Ohio, for owner-breeder Ken Masterson of Somerville, Tennessee. Bestseatnthehouse is by Ken’s stallion RL Best Of Sudden and out of Invited Always by Radical Rodder. Rusty and Katie helped arrange the purchase of Bestseatnthehouse for owner Alexandra Chavez of Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Rusty said the dark bay filly has been really easy to train, and he’s been very impressed by her natural movement, good-mindedness and willingness.
The Green team headed to Oklahoma City with redemption on their minds. Bestseatnthehouse was fresh off a reserve finish in the Masters western pleasure class for 2-year-olds at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. Not complacent with silver, Bestseatnthehouse was poised for best in the World. Among her competition in the World Show finals was Masters class champion Its Best To Be Hot, another RL Best Of Sudden daughter.
After an excellent trip in the World Show 2-year-old western pleasure prelims, Rusty knew he and the bay filly were in striking distance for the world championship.
“We got her a little bit tired at the Masters,” Rusty said. “So I left her fresher today and she was a lot better.
“I’ve just always believed in this horse,” he continued. “I only showed her that one time at the Masters, and it was more of my fault than anything else (that we didn’t win). It was nice to come back and let her be herself.”
The Pilot Point, Texas, trainer felt great about their jaunt around the Jim Norick Arena.
“You’ve got to concentrate on making her make sure she goes because she likes to go slow, so you’ve got to make sure she steps out there and goes ahead and covers the ground she needs to cover,” Rusty said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
The 2013 AQHA World Show, for Rusty, has been a fun one all around. Just three days before, Rusty and Whatscookngoodlookin won the junior western pleasure world championship.
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