Jennifer Toole, 17, Sandy, a senior at Jordan High School, and her champion quarter horse, Bell of the Barn, recently outperformed 85 of America's top young riders and their horses to win the world title in showmanship at halter at the Junior Quarter Horse Association's World Championship Show in Tulsa, Okla.
Utah Quarter Horse Association official Ken Cochrane said that competition is one of the most popular events in the youth activities division of the national show, and practically all of the judges' points are given for the ability and appearance of the rider who leads and poses the horse.Toole, a daughter of Dr. Douglas B. and Saundra Toole, said she began showing horses in 1986 and purchased Bell of the Barn in October 1987. "I set a goal then to win an American Quarter Horse Association title," she said.
During the past nine months, she and Bell have worked two to four hours a day, four or five days a week, training under Dennis and Colleen Eller, West Jordan.
The young equestrian is president of the Utah Junior Quarter Horse Association, plays tennis on her high school's team and is interested in skiing and art.
Other Utahns competing included Marty Marsing, Centerville, who took fifth place in western riding and placed in the top 15 in horsemanship; Cameron Peacock, Pleasant Grove, who took 10th place in aged mares; and DaLaine Fowers, Orem, and Ambre ReMillard, Kamas.