2011 Youth World
Kelly Hamlin showed Miss Miraculous to a world championship August 7 at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Kelly Hamlin has always had faith in Miss Miraculous.
That faith was rewarded for the third time August 7 as Kelly and “Missy” won the gold-tone trophy at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in aged mares.
“This is the third year coming back and showing her,” Kelly said. “She is 5 now. I’m very pleased with her. We’ve worked hard, and I’m amazed.”
In 2009, Kelly and Missy won their first title together, the youth world championship in 3-year-old mares. In 2010, they were youth reserve world champions in aged mares.
“It was touch-and-go this year, but we brought her back,” the 17-year-old from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, said. “We knew what she could do.”
Despite Missy’s elegant conformation – she was first on three of the judges’ cards – Kelly likes the 2006 bay mare’s personality best.
“She just – she wants to be all over you,” Kelly said. “She wants to please you. She wants to do it for you.”
Miss Miraculous is by JMK Supernatural and out of Kids Sweet Rose by Kid Clu. She was bred by Clayton F. Robin of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is owned by Kelly’s grandmother, Gayle Hamlin-Steidel. She is trained by Steve Ferguson of Tyler, Texas, and both Gayle and Steve have won world championships with Missy.
“I’d like to thank the trainer for all he’s done,” Kelly said, tearing up a bit. “He’s done an amazing job. My grandma has given me the privilege to do this for three years. She’s done it as well. The trainer has done it. She’s done an amazing job. All my family supports me.”
And maybe will again next year. Kelly hopes to return for one more shot at another trophy.