2012 Youth World
by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Obbie Nichols left the Jim Norick Arena with a big smile on her face.
“I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time,” Obbie said after winning the 2012 youth world championship in 2-year-old geldings with her mother’s homebred My Finishing Touch, aka “Snowball.”
“I’ve been showing since I was 5, and I’ve been close; I was reserve in 2005 with my (aged) mare (Everlasting Elegance). It’s unbelievable; I’m truly blessed to be able to do this.”
AQHA Professional Horseman Ted Turner Jr. of Aubrey, Texas, has helped Obbie with Snowball for the past few months.
“(Snowball) is made very well and just has all the extra stuff that comes on (as they get older),” she said.
Obbie likes the challenge of showing halter.
“There’s always a little bit of nerves going in because halter horses, you never know if they’re going to be perfectly fine or if they’re going to get excited. I just try and do my best and stay focused and make sure I stay calm for the horse.”
Obbie Nichols and My Finishing Touch win the 2012 AQHYA world championship in 2-year-old geldings. (Journal photo)