SHINGLE SPRINGS — Shannon Brown won for Showmanship at the recent Amateur Quarter Horse Association World Show in Oklahoma City, adding another equine accomplishment to the list.
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Against a field of 60, the Shingle Springs resident made the top 15 to reach the finals before topping the list of 10 placers. Brown, a Ponderosa High graduate, qualified through a points system by competing in numerous events throughout the year, all over the country, leading up Oklahoma City.
The Showmanship class evaluates an exhibitor’s ability to execute a set of maneuvers with precision, poise and confidence while maintaining a balanced and fundamentally correct body position. Brown and Huntin A Gal, her eight year-old gelding named “Ryan,” performed the two-minute routine in front of five judges.
“The competition was very stiff and anyone could win on any day — it’s really if the cards fall your way that day,” Brown said. “You never know how it will go because horses have minds of their own. I was a little worried but he (Ryan) was very, very good, listened and performed well. I was happy walking out of the arena.”
Brown entered two other classes: Horsemanship, an area she hopes to improve in next year, and Equitation where she made the semifinals. Brown also topped the list for the Intermediate Showmanship class.
She’s shown horses since the age of five and has won other titles. At 16, Brown captured the Amateur Quarter Horse Youth Association world title in Trail. She’s been third three times at world events and has numerous top 10 finishes.
As the 2013 Showmanship champ, Brown automatically gets to defend her title next year.
“I plan to defend. The world championships are always a consideration. It’s a big dedication. Along with working fulltime there isn’t time for much else,” Brown said.
Brown works as a dental hygienist. Ryan stays at her parent’s house in Cameron Park.