Anne Wilson of Dallas had lowered expectations coming into the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show. She had reason for her pessimism: Her horse had been injured for four months; she had only been riding him for three days; and on one of those days, he bucked with her. Her biggest goal was to maybe – maybe – defend her showmanship world championship title from 2010.
She had no idea that on September 3, she would win the 2011 Farnam Select All-Around Amateur with Visible Investment, aka “Dudley.” The award carries with it a $10,000 cash award, plus $1,000 in Farnam products, an original Lisa Perry bronze and an embroidered cooler.
“My horse got injured the first of May,” Anne says. “He has been hand-walked for four months. When we sent in our entries, my trainer told me I had a less than 50 percent chance of being able to show here. We just continued to hand-walk, and the Monday before the show, the vet came and put him on the lounge line, and he was completely sound. So I came here with three days of riding.”
One of those days included a practice show with Anne’s trainers, Jill Briggs and AQHA Professional Horseman John Briggs of Pilot Point, Texas. “That practice show was pretty rough for me,” Anne says. “He bucked in the practice show, but he didn’t buck in the real show, so I’m glad he picked his time to get it out of his system.”
Even after arriving in Amarillo for the Adequan Select World, Dudley was still pretty fresh and needed plenty of riding time. “Every single day, he has gotten so much better,” Anne says. “I think the break was good. It refreshed him. He has just been great. He has performed perfectly for me. I’m so thrilled with him. Completely surprised,” Anne says.
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Photo: Anne Wilson and Dudley jog in to receive their Adequan Select World Championship gold trophy in showmanship. Journal photo.