In 2014, Horse&Rider sat down with Kelly Lear to hear the story of how she turned the fearful grade yearling her mom bought for $350 into a multiple world champion. What we didn’t know then was that Kelly would still be winning world championships with the now 27-year-old horse, Singin Saddie Sue.
While on her way to the Pinto World Championship, Vannah Paulson’s dream of competing at her first world show came to an end after her horse suffered a devastating injury. With the help from friends, family, and even strangers, Vannah was still able to make her dream come true—even if it looked a little different than originally planned.
The CINCH sponsored First 2 Finish Trail Duel is a competitive head-to-head trail class that pits riders against each other in a race over trail obstacles where only knockdowns and time matters.
If you show in the trail class, you’re probably quite familiar with the rope gate obstacle. It’s easy for show management to transport and set up, and it’s forgiving when it comes to working the obstacle. But now we’re seeing the metal trail gate return to the show pen, which adds another item to prepare to face in a class.