Somethin' About Brandi: A Closer Look at the Talented Mare Who Won Back-to-Back Farnam Superhorse Titles
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said a delighted Twylla Brown of Perry, Missouri, when her mare Snap Krackle Pop won the prestigious Farnam Superhorse title at the 2015 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
Fast forward to November 2016 and the amazing gray did it again, becoming the first back-to-back winner in 15 years, and the first mare to win more than one Superhorse title. The coveted award is presented to the horse who earns the most points in three or more Level 3 events in three categories during the show. In addition to the title, the Farnam Superhorse is awarded $25,000, $2,000 of Farnam products, an original Lisa Perry bronze and a rose bouquet.
RISING TO THE OCCASION SEEMS TO BE BRANDI'S STRONG SUITE.
Although Brown didn't compete on Brandi when the mare won her Superhorse titles, she does show her horse in select pleasure and select trail classes.
In fact, a few months before her second Superhorse win, the laidback gray was ridden by two-year-old Mason Hulbert in a leadline class in July of 2016 at the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association’s Corporate Challenge.
Brandi also loves treats, although not crazy about peppermints, and Brown makes sure the mare gets her treats when she does well. "She's just a little spoiled," says her doting owner.
When she's not showing, Brandi is usually ridden a couple days a week, and gets to spend the day outside in her own paddock.
"She has lots of turn out and lots of treats," says Blake Weis. "At home we don't ride her hard. Some times we'll just take her out and long trot her. We keep her happy and make her like to show."
They don't show Brandi heavily throughout the year, instead preferring just to compete at some major shows to keep her primed for that level of tough competition.
With her wins in 2015 and 2016, Brandi joins a small, but elite, group. Only three horses have managed to win the prestigious Superhorse title more than once since its inception in 1978. Rugged Lark took home the award in 1985 and 1987; Itchin Easy won it in 1992 and 1993; while Acadamosby Award earned the title an impressive three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2001.
No horse has ever been a Farnam Superhorse three years in a row, but Brandi's trainers don't see why the talented gray mare can't come back and try for that magical third later this year.
"Brandi is only six years old, so hopefully, we will be showing her for a long time," says Brown. "The goal is to keep showing and return to the 2017 world show."
Will Brandi be the one to set a new Superhorse record? If anyone can do it, this talented gray mare could, say those who know her best. Stay tuned.
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