Amazem and Taylor Jo Snow (Journal photo)
by Alicia HarrisThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Taylor Jo Snow, of Columbia, Louisiana, continued the family tradition long before her name was called on August 4 as the new world champion. Taylor and Amazem won the 3-year-old fillies class at the 2013 Built Ford Tough Youth World Championship Show, but this was not the only amazing feat the pair accomplished.
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This was 12-year-old Taylor’s first world championship. Taylor’s mother, Dawn Falcon Causey, won her first world championship with another special mare, Amazin Playgirl, the dam of Amazem. This win was a continuing mother-daughter tradition on both ends of the lead.
“The horse that my mom showed was the mother of my horse,” Taylor said. “That was her first world championship and this is mine … It felt very exciting and I was very thankful for all the help that I got.”
Taylor’s grandparents are also closely connected to the winning run. Don and Berta Falcon, Dawn’s parents from Columbia, Louisiana, owned Amazin Playgirl. Her other grandparents, Jim and Georgia Snow, from Quinlan, Texas, own Amazem. This was a family effort on all levels.
“We owned Amazin Playgirl, the mom (of Amazem), a three-time world champion,” Berta said. “That’s why it’s so neat. Now Taylor is showing the daughter. It’s a full circle.”
Leading up to the Ford Youth World, Taylor had help from Jim and Georgia, as well as AQHA Professional Horseman Ted Turner, the trainer of the filly.
“I just practiced with (Amazem) whenever I was at my Grandma and Grandpa’s (house), and I went over to Mr. Ted’s and practiced with her (there), too.”
Taylor was excited about the win, but didn’t hesitate to thank those who helped her get to the Ford Youth World.
“I want to thank all of my family and friends who helped me get this far, and all of my trainers,” Taylor said.