September 8, 2011
Anne Wilson's “Visible Investment” pays off at the Adequan Select World.
By Larri Jo Starkey in The American Quarter Horse Journal
Anne Wilson of Dallas had lowered expectations coming into the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
She had reason for her pessimism: Her horse had been injured for four months; she had only been riding him for three days; and on one of those days, he bucked with her.
Her biggest goal was to maybe – maybe – defend her showmanship world championship title from 2010.
She had no idea that on September 3, she would win the 2011 Farnam Select All-Around Amateur with Visible Investment, aka “Dudley.”
The award carries with it a $10,000 cash award, plus $1,000 in Farnam products, an original Lisa Perry bronze and an embroidered cooler.
“My horse got injured the first of May,” Anne says. “He has been hand-walked for four months. When we sent in our entries, my trainer told me I had a less than 50 percent chance of being able to show here. We just continued to hand-walk, and the Monday before the show, the vet came and put him on the lounge line, and he was completely sound. So I came here with three days of riding.”
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One of those days included a practice show with Anne’s trainers, Jill Briggs and AQHA Professional Horseman John Briggs of Pilot Point, Texas.
“That practice show was pretty rough for me,” Anne says. “He bucked in the practice show, but he didn’t buck in the real show, so I’m glad he picked his time to get it out of his system.”
Even after arriving in Amarillo for the Adequan Select World, Dudley was still pretty fresh and needed plenty of riding time.
“Every single day, he has gotten so much better,” Anne says. “I think the break was good. It refreshed him. He has just been great. He has performed perfectly for me. I’m so thrilled with him. Completely surprised.”
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Anne and Dudley were qualified for the Adequan Select World in six events, showed in five and placed in four.
They were eighth in performance halter geldings, fourth in hunt seat equitation and third in horsemanship.
Best of all, they defended their world championship in showmanship.
Anne showed horses as a 4-H youth in Ohio, but family and career pulled her away. After volunteering at a therapeutic riding center for a few years, the center offered riding lessons for the volunteers.
“When I got on the back of a horse, I didn’t want to get off,” she says. “I thought I’d show four times a year, and by the end of my first year, I was showing four times in a month. You know how that can happen with these horses. It’s a little contagious.”