September 3, 2010
This former show mom is now a first-time exhibitor at the 2010 Adequan Select World.
By Mallory Martin, Marketing Intern
Rebecca Borders of Wichita Falls, Texas, spent many years behind the scenes at horse shows helping her daughter, Elizabeth Borders, follow her dream of showing American Quarter Horses, and now, it’s her turn.
“I really enjoyed watching my daughter show and seeing the day-to-day progress she made, but it would have been too hard to be a show mom and exhibitor,” Rebecca says. “She is in college now, so it is much easier for me to show my horse.”
Now that Rebecca is a Select exhibitor, she is able to see another side of showing and realizes how different it is to be on the inside of the show arena. Showing has been a completely different experience from watching her daughter show, and there are so many more things to be nervous about, Rebecca says.
Rebecca competed with her horse, Just Gotta, this week at the Adequan Select World in showmanship and horsemanship. The horse is a 2003 bay gelding by Gota Lota Potential and out of Just Lope Me by Dont Skip Charlie. Rebecca trains with AQHA Professional Horseman John Briggs and his wife, trainer Jill Briggs, of Pilot Point, Texas, the same couple who guided Rebecca’s daughter.
Even though this is her fist Adequan Select World Show, Rebecca is no stranger to the AQHA world show scene. Elizabeth had multiple youth world championships and reserves; in 2009, as an amateur, Elizabeth won the reserve world championship in horsemanship and showmanship and was the reserve Farnam All-Around Amateur at the AQHA World Championship Show.
Elizabeth has been supportive of her mother throughout the week, calling frequently to check in on how her mom is doing at the show.
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