UPDATE: GoHorseShow would like to congratulate Taylor Burgess and Shez Relentless on being multiple world Champions at the Pinto World Show. The team came away winners in the Novice Youth Western Pleasure and the Novice Youth Disciplined Rail! Make sure to check out her profile in case you missed it!
Twelve year-old Taylor Burgess of Horseheads, New York has the best of both worlds. She is currently showing a double registered AQHA/APHA mare, Shes Relentless/Shez Relentless (Coco), by Charlie Hilfiger at the AQHA and APHA shows across the country. This year is her first year showing Coco, and she is looking forward to becoming successful teammates. GoHorseShow asked this young horse-crazed sixth-grader about her background and future goals.
Q: Hi Taylor! Thanks so much for sitting down with us. So, tell us more about yourself and your new horse.
A: We found Coco by a video--we had been watching her for a while online and then contacted her owner, Joe Hanson, and a few days later we bought her. 2012 is my first season showing Coco, so we are just beginning, but we were Reserve Circuit Champions in Novice Youth Western Pleasure at the Deep South Zone 6 Paint Show in Tunica, Mississippi in March. I currently show in Showmanship, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship. I love having double registered horses because I can show more! Coco has an in-your-pocket personality, she loves me. Coco likes to be with you all the time, and she isn't pushy but just likes to be around you. She does anything for a treat.
Q: Who are your trainers?
A: I train with Allan Schmidt and Julie Thomas of Dare to Dream Performance Horses in Stem, North Carolina. My first show with Allan and Julie was a favorite memory. We hadn't been with them very long and I was very nervous. I realized very quickly that they were going to be the best thing for me and my horse. Julie and Allan are the best. They work very hard to make sure my horse and I are ready for each class we do. They teach me but also try and make it fun. I trust them completely. My biggest challenge in the show arena is learning to trust my new horse, but I believe we are getting there.
Q: What are some of your favorite horse show memories and accomplishments?
A: My favorite accomplishment was in 2011 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio when I placed eighth in the 11 and Under Showmanship with my horse, Shes Hot And Rockin (AQHA/APHA). One of my favorite memories at Congress was also going through the McDonalds drive-thru with my golf cart!
Q: What are your future goals?
A: My future goal is adding hunter under saddle, equitation and trail to events that Coco and I compete in. I love showing horses because of all the nice people you meet, traveling to different parts of the country and most of all getting to ride my horse. My future career goal is to be a vet on the Standardbred racetrack.
Q: Thanks Taylor for sharing your thoughts and good luck with your new horse.
A: Thanks and You're Welcome!
Click here to check out her ad in the June issue of GoMag.