After a hind-leg injury sidelined her longtime show partner, Taylor Ellor of Krum, Texas, found a new friend in Sonny Dee Zippin. The meeting must have been kismet, as rider and horse quickly transformed into a team to be reckoned with at the AjPHA Youth World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas.
Taylor and “Jake,” a 1996 sorrel overo gelding by Zippin Robin and out of Miss Sonny Dee, scored Top 5 placings in five out of six classes, including a solid pattern and unanimous win in Walk-Trot Showmanship.
“My pattern was good. Jake never stepped out of his pivots and he set up really well; he pretty much did everything I asked,” Taylor said. “I actually thought Harper [Smith], who rides at my barn too, would beat me, because she’s been riding for a really long time, so when I found out I won under all judges, I got really excited.”
Together, Taylor and Jake won world championships in Youth Walk-Trot Showmanship and Youth Walk-Trot Western Horsemanship; a reserve world championship in Youth Walk-Trot Trail; third in Youth Walk-Trot Hunter Under Saddle; and fourth in Youth Walk-Trot Hunt-Seat Equitation.
The High-Point Walk-Trot winner is presented with a Western trophy saddle, courtesy Blue Ribbon Custom Tack; an embroidered arena bag, courtesy Big D; splint boots and bell boots, courtesy Purina; a felt hat and hat can, courtesy Sombrero Brands; Wellness supplement, courtesy Platinum Performance; and a 11″ x 14″ photograph, courtesy Larry Williams Photography.
“Jake” was bred by William and Linda Benedict of Fort Dodge, Iowa.
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