We’d Love to Own: AQHA mare Captive Style.
Details: 2005 AQHA mare by The Last Captive and out of Angela Larksbury, by Rugged Lark. Barn name: Gia. Owned and shown by: Krystal Jackson of Casper, Wyoming. Sight unseen: “I found Gia online as a yearling and bought her off a video— I didn’t even look at her in person,” Krystal says about purchasing Gia. “By the time we got her to Wyoming it was like having a completely different horse because she’d grown so much.” Slow start: Due to a club foot and checkligament surgery, Krystal waited to start working with Gia under saddle. “I did a lot of ground work with her, and was finally able to ride her when she turned 3,” Krystal says. “Gia was so easy because she gives 100 percent and has always been so balanced—it’s hard to tell which lead is easier for her.” DIY rider: “Outside having Gia with a trainer for two months to learn lead changes, she’s the first show horse I’ve done 99 percent of the training on,” Krystal explains. “To have the success and accomplishments I’ve had with her makes her extremely special to me.” Naturally versatile: Gia and Krystal have been a team for 10 years. They’ve competed in ranch horse versatility, ridden mountain trails, and shown at the Level 1 AQHA Championships held in Las Vegas. “The highlight of the Level 1 Championships was making the finals in one of my pattern classes,” Krystal says about one of the most exciting events she’s attended. Loves attention: “The barn owner always cracks up because Gia constantly wants cookies and attention,” Krystal says about Gia’s outgoing personality. “And the minute she hears a little kid in the barn she sticks her head out of the door until they come see her.”
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