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Thursday, July l 8, 2013 C o ity Tri-County News, [ = =-  ___._ "1"]11 ...... I t l" InHInHnHHRMII Local family talents shine through at Oklahoma Pinto Horse Show by Pat Garry, Staff Writer The South Haven "Brown Bunch" recently returned home from the Pinto World Championship Show in Tulsa, Okla., where Jason and Melissa's daughters Mad- ison and Morgan, captured the hearts of the observers while capturing ribbons and awards for their outstanding pinto horse- showing abilities. Drawing exhibitors from across the United States and Canada, the June 9-22 Championship Show was the larg- est Pinto Horse Show of the year, attracting a record 9,000-plus entrants, all vying for World and Reserve World Champion honors and prizes. The Pinto Horse Association began in 1956 and it is a color breed, meaning that the horse or pony must have at least four inches of consecutive white on its body in qualify- ing areas, and can be comprised of ponies, miniatures and horses. Many of these ani- mals are also registered in their respective breed associations, such as the American Paint Horse Association. The Pinto horse was a favorite among American cowboys and Native Americans. Some familiar Pin- tos include Tonto's Scout, Little Joe's Coch- ise and Frank Hopkins' Hidalgo. Melissa Brown (and her parents) wasted no time in getting involved. "I started showing in Lead Line when I was 22 months old and have been showing ever since. When I was in Youth, I showed in the All-Around classes and then my fam- ily switched to only showing halter horses 20 years ago. In the last two years we got back into showing all-around classes to provide more variety for our girls. The majority of the time we show at Ameri- can Paint Horse Association shows but this year we decided to go to the Pinto World Championship Show because they have so many class offerings for our girls." The Brown's daughter Madison (7) began show- ing at the age of 3. "She would have started earlier but they imposed a minimum age requirement of a youth being 3 as of Jan. 1 before they can start showing. She started in Lead Line, which is where an adult leads the horse while the child rides the horse and the adult and exhibitor are dressed alike," Melissa said. This particu- lar discipline requires the rider to back the horse on the judge's command, and the procedure is judged on the rider's poise and ability to direct the horse in the show ring. "This year Madison has advanced to show- ing in halter, which is where the horse is judged on their conformation while being led by the exhibitor, and showmanship, which is a class that requires a pattern to be memorized and completed between the horse and exhibitor. The exhibitor is lead- ing the horse and will walk, trot, turn, set up and back their horse throughout the pattern designated by the judge." At this year's World Show, Madison com- peted in Lead Line Showmanship, and was the first exhibitor out of 13 to do her pattern, deeming her Reserve World Champion in this class. Madison was awarded a rosette ribbon and a hand-crafted belt buckle. Madison also showed in Lead Line Walk Trot Western Pleasure, which was open to exhibitors 8 and under. This event requires competitors to walk, trot and back their horses, while being led by an adult. There were 15 exhibitors in this class and Madison was third in the World, receiving a rosette ribbon. Morgan Brown (4) just started show- ing this summer and had only participated in three classes before going to the World Championship Show. "She started a bit later because she has an April birthday and thus missed the requirement of being 3 as of Jan. 1 to be able to show the prior year. She showed in Girls Only, Walk Only Lead Line. This was open to girls 6 and under and they were asked to walk their horses around the arena and back their horses, all while being led by an adult. Morgan finished fourth in the World and received a beautiful rosette ribbon as well as a stuffed Pinto horse," said a proud Melissa Brown. The Brown family talent is certainly not limited to the kids, as Mom joined the girls in a bit of competition. "I also returned ! i00i00i00!ii00!ii00iii00ii00i ii00iiii00ii ii Page 23 Madison and Morgan Brown, along with their parents Melissa and Jason, made quite a splash at the 2013 Pinto World Championship Show in Tulsa recently. The South Haven family has been involved showing pinto horses nearly all their lives. Submitted photo. to showing in my favorite class after an approximate 20-year hiatus of showing hal- ter horses. There were 56 exhibitors in the Novice Amateur Showmanship class. They split the class into three cuts (groups) and each cut did their pattern. Once all exhib- itors in each cut finished their pattern, the judges called back the top seven exhibitors to return for the finals. In the finals the 21 participants performed a different pattern and were then awarded placements. I was honored to finish 10th overall in this class." Jason and Melissa's horse, Customized Sonshine, is 8 and is owned by her parents, who live in New Ulm. The plan is to move the horse up here once they finish construc- tion of a barn. The Browns do not solicit the services of a trainer, as they prefer to do everything on their own. "That gives us more satisfaction when we do well," said Melissa. Showing horses is an entire family affair for the Browns. Melissa's dad shows with them and her mom fashions and sews the families' show jackets. "It is so special to be able to have a unique show outfit! My hus- band, Jason, is our driver, photographer and videographer. 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