2011 Youth World
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
A need for speed left Ali Einolander breathless August 11.
That and her first world championship.
Ali and Sun Kissed Jet won the stake race with a 8.358-second time in the finals. Combined with their preliminary time, their 16.772-second time was good enough for the win at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
Ali, who hails from Templeton, California, got the competition bug a few years ago.
“This is my third year (at the Ford Youth World),” Ali told the Journal in an exclusive interview. “I came in ’09, and I came in sixth place, and so I said, ‘I’ve got to come back.’”
This year, Ali completed that goal.
“Amazing!” she said, almost out of breath from the emotion of her victory lap in the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City. “It feels really good.”
Ali kept saying “amazing” as she talked about her buckskin mare.
“She’s amazing,” Ali said. “She’s a really sweet horse. She tries her best for me every time. She’s by Rene Dan Jet who’s a four-time world champion, so I guess world champions make world champions. And he’s a real nice horse, too. I really like my horse. She’s gorgeous. She’s perfect. I really love her.”
“Sandy” was bred by Doug Brown and Tim Parker of Paso Robles, California, and in the four years that she and Ali have been together, Ali has learned to trust her.
“Going in (for the finals), I knew that I was going to have to make a really fast run,” she said. “As soon as I hit my first turn, I knew it was there and that I could do it as long as I caught my second turn. As soon as I came out of there, I knew it was going to be – I knew I could do it.
"It was great. At first it didn’t hit me. I didn’t really feel it, and then it hit me, ‘Oh, my gosh, I just did this.’"
She sure did.