RQ=Rodeo Queen. Comp=competition. I'll probably abbreviate alot.
Today is the day I'm going to get my new horse. For this Rodeo Queen competition, you need a horse that can do a horsemanship pattern, a flag-carrying pattern,and a barrel pattern. (Not to mention parades, grand entry, tons of pictures, RQ horse shows, etc. And that's just for the horse part of the comp.)This horse that I want... gosh. He's awesome. He hasn't been a parade or show horse, but he can lope and trot the barrel pattern and do show patterns. For the RQ barrel pattern, the horse can lope, trot, walk, or even go full speed at the pattern. It's just to show horsemanship and how you and your horse work.
I was going to use "Glue", my step dad's roping/cattle horse. He's an easy-going horse, and would be awesome at parades and all that jazz, but it would take alot of work to get him to do the barrel & horsemanship pattern right. I've been taking him to the RQ horse shows. He did well, but he always tried to run to the roping box. (I got questioned alot... "Is that a roping horse? I saw him headed for that roping box" hahah....) He also has trouble keeping the same gait and doing flying lead changes (except to the left, but the horsemanship pattern consists of more than just the left, lol). He tries, he really does, but his heart belongs in competitions with cows. He seemed surprised to roll up in the arena and there not be a single steer or calf to be seen. It was kind of funny to see this big, stout, gnarly looking AQHA among all the nice looking show ponies. It was funnier when we actually did well.
But anyway, I figured I'd might as well find a started barrel horse or something along those lines. Before I even started seriously looking, I had seen this sorrel gelding for sale. He is gorgeous. I'm a sucker for any horse that looks like it would be a good cowhorse, you can ask my friends and family. Turns out, the woman's husband had bought and used him for a cowhorse, but before he could seriously work with him alot, his wife fell in love with him and started him on barrels. I ended up contacting them and riding him alot, and he turned out to be awesome. I wanted him so bad! And today, I'm actually going to get him! I'm pretty excited. I wish everyone could be this excited, haha. I'd take him to the RQ comp then turn around and take him to a team penning or rodeo with my friend, Mariah!