By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse JournalAugust 16, 2013
Cindy Clark of Battle Mountain, Nevada, and Blue Rum Olena (left) and Shaded Assets (right) at the 2013 AQHA Region Seven Championship. (Journal photo)
Nevadan Cindy Clark loves showing AQHA all-around classes. In fact, she and her 14-year-old buckskin dun gelding, Shaded Assets, have twice won a Markel Insurance All-Around title and Tex Tan award saddle at the Region Seven Championship.
But at the 2013 Region Seven (August 14-18 in Salina, Utah,) the Journal caught up with her waiting to go in boxing while sitting on a blue roan gelding, Blue Rum Olena (Blue Spark Olena-Rain Squall Doll by Rum Squall; bred by Shad Francis, Honeyville, Utah).
“I wanted to learn a new skill set,” Cindy explained. “I have friends who are cutting horse trainers, Brad and Rene Bolen. I went there, and they had me lease ‘Blue.’ I found out pretty quick that I didn’t really like cutting (too fast!), but I kind of liked the working cow horse, and the reining was fun, too.
“But then the ranch pleasure came on the scene, and that has got to be the most fun class I have ever gone in. I just love it!”
She and Blue qualified in the class for the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show but didn’t go. “Now I wish I did!” she said. They are qualified again this year and Cindy is considering making the big haul to Oklahoma City in November.
“I might wait, too, for the (Adequan Select World Championship Show) next year, because I can go to the Select then.”
After having so much fun in the cow horse and ranch pleasure with Blue, Cindy ended the lease and bought the 9-year-old gelding.
“I’m just so glad that (AQHA) added (ranch pleasure),” she said. “I think (I like it so much) because it’s a combination of the pleasure with reining moves and the horse has to be very attentive and right on and do things at the right moment. And be a really broke horse, and forward.”
Cindy and her husband, Randy, live in Battle Mountain, Nevada, where Randy is a contractor. They also own a ranch in Wells, Nevada, where they raise hay and run cattle. Cindy has two daughters, Mary Jo and MacKenzie.
“I had Quarter Horses as a kid, and I moved to Nevada 25 years ago and I had a Paint,” she said. “A Quarter Horse breeder by the name of Pete Town finally told me I needed a Quarter Horse.
“So I bought Shaded Assets, (aka ‘Shady’) and we’ve been a team ever since. He’s my best buddy. He does everything. And he works the cattle on our ranch! He goes right out and he loves to work cattle. He’s the neatest horse.”
In fact, Cindy’s after another Region Seven all-around title with him – she’s riding Shady in the boxing, too. Shady is by Investment Asset and out of Amarillo Zip by Zippo Pine Bar bred by Joseph D. Geeslin Jr. of Lebanon, Indiana.
She likes to see a show horse used in a lot of different places, not just one class, which is another reason why she likes the ranch pleasure: “the reining horses and the cutters, it gives them another place to go show and something else to do.”
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