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