Pure Blue Boon and Spencer L. Bramble of Queen Anne, Maryland
by Alicia HarrisThe American Quarter Horse Journal
It is always a memorable year when you win your first world champion title. For Spencer Bramble of Queen Anne, Maryland, the 2013 Built Ford Tough Youth World Championship Show was especially memorable.
Not only did he win his first tie-down roping world championship aboard his favorite horse, Pure Blue Boon – he also won the reserve world champion title with his other horse, WR Lynxalena.
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“This is my first world championship,” Spencer said, “so I’m pretty proud of it, to be first and second on both of them.”
“It was pretty odd for me, I guess, because last year I only had my gray horse and I was seventh that year,” he added. “It was a big change of events. I go from seventh (last year) to first and second (this year). I just got my buckskin horse a couple of months ago. It was just kind of a work in progress to get that far with those two that quick.”
Spencer’s favorite horse is Pure Blue Boon, aka “Maverick,” the gray gelding he rode to the championship title. Spencer has only had his buckskin horse, WR Lynxalena, “Lynx,” for a short while, but he says Lynx is pretty calm and has been coming along nicely.
“Maverick, he’s the grump of the barn,” Spencer said with a laugh. “He’s just an old man. Everyone loves him. All the girls like him. He’s ‘Mr. Personality.’ Lynx is kind of the mellow one. He just goes out there and doesn’t really care about anything.”
This year was a big challenge for Spencer. Not only was he showing two horses for much of the summer, but he also had to travel to get qualified for the Ford Youth World. There weren’t many opportunities for him to compete on the East Coast. Aside from that, he also had to perfect the art of differentiating between the horse shows and the rodeos.
“We were out in Wyoming (at the National High School Finals Rodeo) and I had to think about rodeo for a few weeks and get ready for that,” Spencer said. “As soon as I left there, I had to start thinking about the horse show, and it’s a totally different thing. You gotta go out there and make your horse look good. You can’t just go fast. You have to go out there and just be smooth and make a good run. Let your horse do his job.”
AQHA Professional Horseman Gary Wells helped Spencer perfect his roping skills. He spent two and a half weeks with Gary after finishing up at the NHSFR. While there, he helped get Spencer and both horses ready.
Spencer said he had a great experience at the show, but he wanted to make one shout-out to a family friend who helped him out a lot on his road to Ford Youth World:
“A friend of mine, Susan Redwine, she just passed away from cancer … and to her daughter, Kristen, I just wanted to say, ‘Hi, and thank you for looking out for me and stuff like that. So, thank you.’ ”