The Im­mor­tal

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De­tails: 2005 AQHA stal­lion by In­vi­ta­tion Only and out of Zippo By Moonlight, by Zippo Pine Bar. Barn name: T. I. Owned and shown by: Les­lie Lange of Gree­ley, Colorado. True all-arounder: T. I. holds AQHA su­pe­ri­ors in Western plea­sure, Western rid­ing, trail, and ranch rid­ing, and he’s been the honor- roll Western rid­ing cham­pion. He also has points in bar­rels, poles, and rop­ing events. “I’ve toyed with the idea of show­ing him in green hunter un­der sad­dle and hav­ing him shown in the heel­ing,” Lange says about T. I.’s ver­sa­til­ity. Back to their roots: “I first started show­ing in the ranch rid­ing be­cause it looked like fun. I grew up on a ranch; it brought me back to where I started,” Lange shares. “But the more we com­peted in it, the more I re­al­ized how great T. I. was at it.” Since then, the team has gone on to win the All Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse Congress in ranch rid­ing and the NSBA World Show in the ranch rid­ing and ranch trail. Ranch ob­sta­cles: “I tracked steers with him to pre­pare for the 2015 AQHA World Show’s se­nior ranch rid­ing, and he was great with them,” Lange says about the new ob­sta­cle. Then, at the 2016 NSBA World, they tried ranch trail, which in­cluded load­ing into and un­load­ing from an old stock trailer. “Sev­eral horses re­fused to load in the trailer. It was sim­i­lar to a trailer we use at the breed­ing farm, so T. I. had no prob­lem go­ing into or out of it.” Great teacher: His kind per­son­al­ity and will­ing­ness to do any­thing make him a barn fa­vorite to ride. If Lange has an ama­teur rider learn­ing how to change leads or learn­ing the feel of a lead change, T. I. is her go-to horse. … Ni­c­hole Chirico


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