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Youth Reiner First to Dominate Appaloosa World

Moscow, Idaho – Ten days after her 17th birthday, Amy Stoll of Ketchum, Idaho entered the arena on Saturday, November 4th under bright lights and the eyes of the best horsemen and horsewomen in the world. This was no ordinary horse show class, this was the pinnacle event at the 2006 World Championship Appaloosa Show: Freestyle Reining.

The Toys for Tots Freestyle Reining has traditionally been the capstone event at the Appaloosa World Show, and this year was no exception. Amy, aboard her 5-year-old Appaloosa mare SANTA FE FRITZ OLENA or “Fritzi”, became the youngest person and the first youth ever to win the Freestyle Reining at the Appaloosa World Show. Not only did Amy have to qualify for a spot in the freestyle reining, she also competed against ApHC reining heavyweights, including the 2006 Nutrena Iron Horse and World’s Best Appaloosa, CAPTAIN ZIP AHOY ridden by Sandy Jirkovsky

Freestyle reining consists of traditional reining maneuvers: sliding stops, spins, rollbacks, lead changes, and circles, all of which are set music. Competitors were judged on required reining maneuvers as well as artistic impression and an applause meter.

Amy’s performance was inspired by the book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the 2005 Walt Disney Pictures feature film, The Chronicles of Narnia. Amy dressed up as the White Witch, the key villain from the book, and performed to music from the movie. During the performance, Amy removed Fritzi’s bridle, finishing her routine without headstall, bit, and reins, raising the difficulty and scores for her performance.

Born and raised in Sun Valley, Idaho, Amy left high school early, skipping her junior and senior years, and moved 100 miles from home to Twin Falls so she could train every day with 2005 Appaloosa Horse Club Trainer of the Year Curt Fuller at Fuller Training Stables. This pretty, 5’11” tall, blonde, blue-eyed equestrian tested in to college early and is currently a freshman at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls majoring in Equine Studies. Amy competes in intercollegiate competitions representing the CSI Equestrian Team and is currently top point earner as AQHA rider for the region.

In addition to reining, Amy competes in western pleasure with her 2 year old Appaloosa UNSURPASSABLE, in pole bending, cutting, and barrel racing with her 14 year old Appaloosa LAYLA, and College Equestrian Team with her 11 year old Quarter Horse FRITZY BADGER BAR. She is currently ranked 6th in Junior Rening and 8th in Reining 14-18 in the Appaloosa Horse Club National rankings with SANTA FE FRITZ OLENA. In addition to winning Freestyle Reining, Amy also finished in the top ten in Junior Reining at the World Show.

The Appaloosa Horse Club is the international breed registry for Appaloosa horses and is located in Moscow, Idaho. Since 1938, the ApHC has been dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the breed. Agile, intelligent, and distinctively colorful, Appaloosa excel in a variety of events, and are beloved around the world for their even temperaments and reliability.

PHOTO: Amy Stoll riding Santa Fe Fritz Olena.

Photos courtesy of Larry Williams Photography.


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