For Veronica John of Winfield, Pennsylvania, simply competing at the 2015 AjPHA Youth World Championship Show was defying the odds. Veronica suffered a serious knee injury this spring that required surgery, and the young horsewoman was told she’d likely be out of the show ring for a year. Teaming up with her steady show partner Pour Me A Cuervo, a 2007 red roan overo gelding, Veronica climbed back in the saddle sooner than expected and headed to Fort Worth.
At the premier Youth Paint Horse show, Veronica and “José” laid down stellar performances, ultimately capturing the All-Around Novice Youth award. The duo won world championships in Novice Youth Showmanship 14–18 and Novice Youth Hunt-Seat Equitation 14–18, as well as another in Youth Hunt-Seat Equitation 14–18. They also laid claim to a reserve world championship in Novice Youth Hunter Under Saddle 14–18, third in Novice Youth Western Pleasure 14–18 and fourth in Novice Youth Western Horsemanship 14–18.
“He’s been an angel. I can’t really ask for much more from him,” Veronica said. “We get along really well for being such a new team.”
Bred by Kelly Hahn of Saint Charles, Minnesota, José is by High Country Pleasure and out of Guilty Intentions.
The All-Around Novice Youth title is presented with a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy the American Paint Horse Foundation; a Western trophy saddle, courtesy Blue Ribbon Custom Tack; splint boots and bell boots, courtesy Purina; Wellness supplement, courtesy Platinum Performance; an embroidered arena bag ,courtesy Big D; and a 16″ x 20″ photograph, courtesy Larry Williams Photography.
Complete AjPHA Youth World Championship Show coverage will be in the September issue of the Paint Horse Journal. Subscribe or renew to the Journal today.
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