We’d Love to Own: AQHA mare Cap­tive Style.

Horse & Rider - - Contents - … Ni­c­hole Chirico

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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