Gentry Cherry and Imasgoodasitgets win the 2013 youth world championship in equitation over fences. (Journal photo)
by Jody ReynoldsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Seventh grader Gentry Cherry thought she was going to throw up.
She woke up early August 6 realizing her day ahead at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show was a doozie.
Gentry, of Guthrie, Oklahoma, was facing five back-to-back classes with three different horses. Not many kids can say the same.
If she could just get through the first class, she thought, her nerves would probably calm.
She climbed aboard Imasgoodasitgets, a 1998 black gelding by Invitation Only and out of Spotted Daisy by Sonnys Sensation, bred by Julie Winkler Laswell of Santa Claus, Indiana. “Dave” is her favorite horse.
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They headed into Jim Norick Arena for the equitation over fences finals.
Turns out, a gold trophy is a great cure for a nervous stomach.
After Gentry and Dave won the equitation over fences world championship, “I was much better,” she told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “My nerves were gone, and it was just exciting.”
With her world championship, Gentry also won the 13-and-under award for the class.
Gentry next piloted Steady Spirit, a 1996 bay gelding, through working hunter and jumping, and then hopped back aboard Dave for hunter hack.
But her day wasn’t over.
Gentry made a lightening-fast costume change to meet her parents, Chad and Molly Cherry, for the ranch pleasure prelims with Mister Footnic, her parents’ 2007 bay gelding.
For now, Gentry can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy her world championship. She shows in hunt seat equitation tomorrow with Dave and roping Friday with yet another horse.
Dave’s accomplishments include a Superior in hunter under saddle, multiple regional championship titles in over fences classes and the 2009 youth world championship in hunter hack. He has $2,830 in National Snaffle Bit Association and $2,182 in AQHA World Show earnings.
“He’s my favorite horse ever,” Gentry said. “He’s so sweet. He’s got a lot of personality. I love him.”
Gentry says she loves competing at the Ford Youth World and considers her fellow competitors “a big family.”
She credits her trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Chuck Briggs of Azle, Texas, for much of her success.
“He’s helped me so much,” she said. “He’s always there.”