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Kinsey Jones of Lubbock knew she was having a good week at the Texas State 4-H Horse Show, but she had no idea she was in the running for the Stock Horse High Point. The high school freshman won both Stock Horse Pleasure and Stock Horse Trail, was reserve champion in Reining and eighth in Boxing. Those strong finishes earned her the High Point Stock Horse Rider. In addition to the high point saddle, she also earned the Zinn Lindsey Memorial Scholarship.
Jones was one of 474 4-Hers competing at one of the largest 4-H shows in the nation. More than 1,800 entries and 600-plus horses competed at the show.
Jones won the awards on Juliette Starlight, a mare she has owned for about four years but started showing in the last year. “She was my first real show horse, but then she got burned out. She had been just staying in her stall. Last year, Kim Lindsey (Texas Tech Equestrian Center Director) suggested I start working with her again. I started showing Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) with her, and she did great. I think doing multiple events, like trail and cow horse, gave her something different to do in the arena, besides just reining,” Jones said. “We've been working our way up at various shows and have been in the Top 3 at every show recently.”
Jones said mixing it up in the show pen helped Juliette to listen for cues instead of anticipating in the arena. “She started loving her job and working hard for me.”
Several individuals have helped Jones find success in the show ring. “Robert Rivers, the Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team coach and Kim both told me to give Juliette another chance. Robert put her on a cow. He's done wonders with her. Kim has helped me in the trail. It's been a team effort.”
Jones also received coaching advice professional trainers Casey Deary and Mozaun McKibben. “They both helped me be where I am today.”
Ultimately, the 14-year-old wants to continue to improve with her horse. “I'd like to win a youth world championship one day. But I mainly want to keep getting better and better.”
Complete results for the Texas State 4-H Horse Show are available online at http://animalscience.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2012/04/class-results.pdf