"I got Luckys Fancy Te (aka Lucky) when I was 15 in 2003. She was advertised as a team penner and I decided to try and make her into a barrel horse on my own in Virginia. Out there, it’s mostly hunter/jumpers and dressage, so to say we didn’t fit is an understatement. I went to Virginia Tech, then got a job in Texas, and I ended up deciding to rehome Lucky. She was older, so I put her with a place recommended for her retirement. Nearly 11 months after I signed her over, I received a message from a friend in Virginia who found Lucky for sale on Facebook, marketed as a child’s barrel horse for $250. I secured a ride to Texas for her, but nothing could have prepared me for what walked off the hauler’s trailer. When Lucky’s feet hit the ground in Fort Worth, she was hundreds of pounds underweight. I could see every rib and count the vertebrae from her withers back. Thankfully, she bounced back. I had always dreamed of showing at the APHA World Show, so I set my sights on getting her qualified. I knew from the beginning she was not the caliber of other horses we would compete against, especially at 24, but it was something I wanted to do for both her and I. We won several year-end awards with the Texas Paint Horse Club in 2015, and we earned our ticket to Fort Worth. In the months leading up to the World Show, we battled a bout of EPM and I suffered an ankle injury that had me wobbling through the barn on crutches and in a stabilizing boot for weeks. Lucky was (unofficially at the time, but this can probably be confirmed through the APHA now) the oldest horse to compete at the APHA World Show in 2015. She was 24 years old at the time. We finished sixth in Novice Amateur Barrels and were Novice Amateur Pole Bending Reserve World Champions. This was the first time Lucky made money and the first buckle I’d ever won." ~ Kelsey
Our Performance Department confirms that Luckys Fancy the was the oldest horse competing at the 2015 APHA World Championship Show. ~ American Paint Horse Association
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