At the Western Regional Zone 2 show, the Premiere Paint Sires program kicked off its first class with seven horse-and-rider combinations vying for $25,000 in prize money in the Premier Paint Sires 3-Year-Old Limited Horse Limited Rider Western Pleasure class, presented by InStride Edition. Jenna Hyde and Can I Get Your Number emerged as the unanimous winners, taking home $8,925 for their efforts.
“Stuart,” a 2011 chestnut overo gelding by A Sudden Surprise and out of She Made It Sweet (QH), was bred by Robert Menke of Durant, Iowa. Joe Hansen of Anna, Texas, purchased the gelding as a weanling and showed him in yearling longe line. They won a 2012 world championship in Amateur Yearling Longe Line as well as a reserve world champion in Open Yearling Longe Line.
“He did so well that we decided to give him his 2-year-old year off to grow up and get strong,” Joe explained.
Stuart has since been with Jeffery Gibbs and Jenna Hyde at Gibbs Show Horses, who started him this year.
“He’s was always kind of a quiet horse, so I was never worried about him,” Jenna said. “He’s probably one of the quickest we’ve gotten to the show pen as far as what little training he has. He goes around pretty broke. I don’t think we would have been able to do that if he hadn’t been mature, which is why we also gave him the time off.”
Jeffery has done the lion’s share of training at home, Jenna explains, but she will be the one showing Stuart for the duration of 2014, including the next two Premeire Paint Sire events. They will also compete at the APHA World Show in November before Joe takes the ride in 2015 in the Amateur division.
“It’s nice that he has a good mind and is very trainable and wants to do his job. He’s not a high-energy horse,” Jenna said. “It’s been really exciting to have him. We don’t come across many like him at all.”
For the Utah show, which was Stuart’s maiden show under saddle and his first time back in the ring since Joe showed him at the 2012 World Show, Jenna focused on keeping him calm and happy.
“I knew he was a nice horse and I knew he would try for me, I focused really hard during the 20 minutes of the class to just stay out of his way and not do anything wrong,” Jenna joked. “He was even better than we expected him to be. It was pretty exciting to be unanimous, but to also on top of that to feel like you had the best ride you could have. It’s a good feeling.”
Longterm Investment, who is by A Scenic Impulse, and Kara Whitsell of Olympia, Washington, placed second for $4,411 in prize money. They were followed by CR Midnite Machine, by CR Good Machine, and Hillery Yager of Columbus, Nebraska. They earned $3,106 for their efforts.
The Premier Paint Sires program was developed by Claire Binkowski and Mike Hachtel to give foals of nominated stallions an opportunity to earn money and recognition as 3-year-olds.
“It’s a good opportunity and I feel like everyone feels like they have a chance, so I think it’s really good for our industry and breeding and buying prospects,” Jenna said.
Claire says the class in Utah was larger than expected with 10 originally entered and seven competing, and she expects to see even larger numbers at the next event, North Carolina’s Color on the Coast show in July.
“The success of our first class is the result of the 26 stud owners, and they are really the ones that deserve the credit,” Claire said. “We were thrilled with the way the first class went, and we encourage people to give us feedback. That’s the only way we can make it better.”
The classes are only open to horses and riders who meet eligibility requirements, but Regular Registry and Solid Paint-Bred horses compete side-by-side. For more information, visit the Premier Paint Sires website, which also lists all currently enrolled stallions and information about the second and third classes in the series. To hear more from Claire, look for an upcoming episode of Fresh Paint.
“This is something you can do three times a year. It’s not a one-time deal, I think that’s really neat. You have three different opportunities to go out there and try to win some money, not just once,” Joe said. “He’s such a good horse, there’s no reason to push him to do anything right away.”