2011 Youth World
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
The 73 entries in working hunter were whittled down to 15 at the 2011 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show for the finals August 10.
Among them was last year’s fourth-place finisher, Madison Eichstadt of Greenville, Pennsylvania, whose sister, Lauren, had a good bit of success on Madison’s horse, Its My Lucky Detail.
Madison had just two thoughts in mind: “staying calm and keeping my pace,” she told the Journal in an exclusive interview after the class.
“It was pretty good,” she said. “We had a tick coming down the bend, and (were) a little tight to one fence, but I thought, ‘Just keep riding; just keep riding.’”
Her controlled thought paid off: Madison won her first world championship with Its My Lucky Detail.
“Lucky is 10 years old, and he’s a bay gelding by Last Detail,” she said. “We got him at the ‘08 Congress, and he’s been really good for us ever since we got him. Two days after we got him, I went into the 11-and-under hunter under saddle at Congress and got fourth – and I had never showed in hunter under saddle before.”
Madison usually trains with Julie O’Brien, but Julie couldn’t make it to the Ford Youth World, so the 14-year-old is getting some coaching from AQHA Professional Horseman Linda Crothers. She has the hunter hack finals and the hunter under saddle preliminaries still to go this week.
“(I want to thank) Julie and Linda and Lucky,” Madison said. “And my mom and sister and my dad."
Madison Eichstadt and Its My Lucky Detail jump smoothly through the working hunter course August 10 at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)