August 1, 2010
Gold, Silver and Bronze – The Hamm sisters take all colors at the 2010 Ford Youth World.
There’s one family driving back to Phoenix, Arizona, with a truck full of trophies – gold, silver and bronze.
On Saturday, July 31, Monica Hamm, 13, placed third in the 2-year-old mares at the 2010 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. But the Ford Youth World wasn’t over for Monica. She and sister Kaylee, 9, returned to the Jim Norick Arena at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City on August 1 for a showdown in aged geldings.
In 2009, Monica and RPL My Te Cheerful, aka “Henry,” won the aged geldings at the Ford Youth World, but for 2010, she passed Henry’s lead shank off to younger sister Kaylee, and Monica showed 2005 sorrel gelding A Kid By Design.
When the aged geldings placings were called, Monica and A Kid By Design were called forward as the reserve world champions. That left Kaylee and Henry, plus a lot of other youth exhibitors, along the rail.
It wasn’t too much longer until Kaylee and RPL My Cheerful, a 2004 bay gelding by Hear The Cheers and out of My Te Telusive by Telusive, stepped forward as the 2010 aged geldings world champions at the Ford Youth World.
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Monica says that Henry has been the perfect match for Kaylee – he’s calm and he’s a great horse to show. Kaylee doesn’t plan on giving Henry up anytime soon – he’s her favorite horse and she loves his goofy personality, such as the way that he plays and splashes in his water bucket.
But Henry’s accolades don’t just start and end with the Hamm sisters – in 2009 alone, he was crowned the Select world champion aged gelding with the girls’ grandfather, Vernon Habighorst, and the open world champion aged gelding with their trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Ted Turner.
Moncia and Kaylee’s family has been in the Quarter Horse industry for decades. The American Quarter Horse Journal profiled their grandparents, Vernon and Rita Habighorst, and their business, Blue Ribbon Custom Tack, in the May 2010 issue of the Journal.
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