FORT WORTH, Texas - The World Championship Paint Horse Show in Fort Worth, which starts today and runs until Nov. 17, draws competitors from all over the world, including Williams local Mikey Trueba.
American Paint Horse Association (APHA) amateur Trueba came home with two World Championship titles at last year's APHA World Championship Paint Horse Show. She claimed titles in Amateur Solid Paint-Bred Hunt Seat Equitation and Amateur Solid Paint-Bred Showmanship, showing On Solid Ground, better known as Cady, her 3-year-old dun mare.
Trueba will once again show four classes this year on Cady; showmanship, equitation, trail and horsemanship. She shows on Nov. 7, 9, 13 and 15.
"The last four times that we've shown showmanship, we've won it. So chances to place high again there are real good," said Trueba. "And she's [Cady] just been fantastic in horsemanship and equitation."
The World Championship Paint Horse Show features an impressive gathering of paint horses from around the globe, according to the APHA's official press release. APHA hosts two annual world-class competitions to showcase the talents of American paint horses and their owners.
Trueba also just found out that her horse is up for Animal of the Year and says she is very excited about getting that news and can't wait to find out how Cady did.
Trueba is so dedicated to her training, she travels all over the state to seek training advice from top horse trainers. She just recently finished training with a trainer in Phoenix to help improve her trail showing, her weakest of the four classes she regularly does.
"Trail is my worst class, I don't have the patience for it, and you have to be very patient when it comes to trail," Trueba said. "You have to be able to judge your distances and think many steps ahead, my horse is great at it, [but] I am not. My goal in that class is just to get through it, get through it cleanly, and give my horse the best shot."
In the showmanship category, competitors are judged on their ability to fit and present a horse by performing a pattern.
In the hunt seat equitation class, competitors are judged on their ability to have their horses perform a pattern while maintaining correct posture in the saddle.
Trueba said her main goal though is the overall title at the end of the championships.
For Trueba, knowing that she bred and raised her own horse makes winning that much more satisfying.
"No one else has ever been on her, it's just been me training her," she said. "To know that I'm going up against an elite group of people who have their horses in training 365 days a year, are on horses that are worth two or three hundred thousand dollars and I'm right there with them. I'm knocking them out of first and second place, it's so satisfying."
Cady gets her name from Lindsey Lohan's character in the movie Mean Girls.
"She is Cady from Mean Girls," said Trueba. "She's kind of a prima donna, but at the core of her she's very sweet and calm and works incredibly hard."
Trueba loves the community of Williams and said she hopes to continue to receive great sponsorships and support from local businesses, groups, and individuals. Those willing to help Trueba in her quest for future championships can call (928) 635-9496.
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), founded in 1962 and headquartered in Fort Worth, is the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides, and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members' experiences with their horses.
APHA has registered more than one million horses in 59 nations and territories since its founding, and now serves approximately 64,000 active members around the world. The Association celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
For more information about APHA and the World Championship Show, including entry details, results and a list of competitors, visit oawcs.apha.com or call (817) 834-APHA (2742).