2011 Youth World
Lindsey McMullen and Huntin For Money win the championship in horsemanship.
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Lindsey McMullen of Norris, Tennessee, had a good day August 9.
“It was a very good day,” she corrected.
On a busy day of finals at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, Lindsey had already competed in three. She started off the day with a silver trophy in showmanship with her 2001 gray mare, Huntin For Money, but there was no time to celebrate.
“Oh, it was so hard,” the 19-year-old said in her exclusive Journal interview. “I came out, and (AQHA Professional Horseman) Brad (Jewett said ), ‘You did great, but you need to forget about it and get back focused.’ It was hard. It was very hard, because I wanted to celebrate.”
Lindsey and “Honey” then competed in the western riding finals, before preparing for the horsemanship finals and the complicated pattern the judges wanted to see – a pattern that some might say was composed entirely of “hard parts,” including turns on the counter-canter and two lead changes. Not Lindsey, though.
“It was such a fun pattern,” she said, describing its intricacies by waving her hands. “It was so fun to ride. We couldn’t have asked for more than that out of it.
“Last year, we showed here in horsemanship, and I was third. We worked all year, really hard to get back in the same spot, and she tried so hard. I was so happy with her. She gave it her all.”
After being world champion from the 169 initial entries in horsemanship, Lindsey still didn’t have time to celebrate her win. She had to get ready for her next class, hunt seat equitation. She took just a minute, though, to thank her parents, Carla and Patrick Norris.
“I wouldn’t be here if they didn’t drive me up and down the road and get me here,” she said.