One Hot Amigo and Kaylee Rampey win their first gold trophy together August 2 at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
One Hot Amigo turned up the heat August 2 in Oklahoma City at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
With owner Kaylee Rampey of Edmond, Oklahoma, at the shank, “Amigo” was first under all five judges.
“He’s very sweet and likes to be a little showoff sometimes,” Kaylee said. “He’s the best horse ever. I’ll tell him he’s beautiful and he’s the best horse to me.”
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The trophy is Kaylee’s first gold trophy, but it’s not Amigo’s first. The 2002 sorrel gelding is a family horse. Kaylee’s dad, Kyle Rampey, and grandfather, John Watts of Crescent, Oklahoma, also show Amigo, with AQHA Professional Horseman Wayne Halvorson, who fits Amigo, showing him in open classes.
“In 2011, I got third at (Ford Youth) World, and then my grandpa got third at Select World and then my dad got reserve (world champion) and so did my trainer, Wayne Halvorson,” Kaylee said in her exclusive Journal interview.
“Then (in 2012), I got third again, and my dad and granddad got world championships again. He’s a great horse and loves kids.”
Kaylee, 13, was in the second split of the 52-horse class. She had time to return to the stalls with Amigo briefly before turning around and heading right back into the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park.
“I just wanted to go show and have fun and just let him do his thing,” she said.
Kaylee has a busy week planned with Amigo.
“We’ll be in working hunter, equitation over fences, hunter hack, under saddle and equitation on the flat,” she said. “I want to thank Wayne Halvorson for helping me and Rebecca (Halvorson) for being supportive and my parents for everything they do.”