Colorado Team Wins Top NATRC Award
Turnner’s Wildcard (Hooch), a champagne Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse gelding, owned and ridden by Lin Ward of Westcliff, Colo., won the North American Trail Ride Conference’s highest award, the 2016 President’s Cup, at the national convention held last February.
Ward purchased Turnner’s Wildcard as a 7-year-old after an intensive search. Her first ride on the gelding was under a full moon at the breeder’s facility. “He just listened and did all I asked.” Ward recalled.
After getting him home, Ward changed the gelding’s name. “With a ‘Kentucky Full Moon’ ride as our first experience together, he became Hooch,” she said. (Hooch is another name for moonshine — a term describing illicit whisky during the Prohibition era.)
It took 13,137 miles of trailering, competition in 16 NATRC rides, and winning in different states and regions from March to the first week of November to put Hooch at the top. Through it all, he didn’t lose a single pulse and respiration point, have a sore back or leg, and remains a sound, sane, and happy horse.
The team also took home the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association’s high point breed award.
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CHRISTY CUMBERWORTH PHOTO Lin Ward aboard her Kentucky Mountain Horse gelding, Turnner's Wildcard (Hooch), at NATRC'S 2016 Navajo Lake ride in New Mexico.