Photos by Jennifer Paulson
In an age of specialization, it's exciting to see horses and riders try new things—and excel at them. At the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress, we followed Maria Salazar and Darcy Reeve as they tested their horses in hunter under saddle, horsemanship, Western pleasure, and pole bending. Learn more about the riders here, watch pre-event interviews with Darcy and Maria, and catch up with the winner here. To get a feel for what the event entails, click through this slide show.
Our hats are off to these girls and their fellow competitors. It takes guts to push yourself and your horse in the midst of also competing at one of the biggest, most prestigious shows in the country!