We’d Love to Own: 2008 APHA/ PtHA geld­ing Gotta Lota Good.

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De­tails: 2008 APHA and PtHA geld­ing by A Good Zippo and out of Miss Black Ty Too, by Black Ty Only. Barn name: Woody. Owned and shown by: Brenda and Tay­lor Meck­ley of Red­mond, Washington. Trained and shown by: Jef­fery Gibbs of Collinsville, Texas. Re­li­able ride: “He’s the same ev­ery sin­gle day, and he’s al­ways honest in the show pen,” Gibbs shares. “No mat­ter how fresh he is, he’ll lope and jog great for you. And you never have to worry about his neck; he al­ways wants to carry it re­ally level.” On top of be­ing one of the eas­ier horses in the barn, Woody’s also known to be low main­te­nance at horse shows—not need­ing much longe­ing or rid­ing to get ready. Fam­ily horse: For the last few years, Tay­lor’s shown Woody in novice West­ern all-around events, but this year Tay­lor’s mom, Brenda, plans to take the reins and com­pete in novice am­a­teur West­ern plea­sure events with Woody. All-around star: Woody com­petes in sev­eral events in­clud­ing show­man­ship, West­ern plea­sure, trail, and horse­man­ship. He re­cently placed third at the APHA World Show with Gibbs in a tough se­nior trail class. “He doesn’t like to hit the poles,” Gibbs shares about Woody’s nat­u­ral trail abil­ity, “and he’s re­ally care­ful with where he places his feet, which is why trail has been so easy for him.” Bri­dle­less cham­pion: One of Gibbs’ fa­vorite rides with Woody in­volved win­ning the bri­dle­less West­ern plea­sure at the 2016 APHA World Show. “He’s so good-minded that we didn’t have to prac­tice rid­ing with­out a bri­dle with him at all, we just took his bri­dle off as we went into the class,” Gibbs says.

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