Congratulations to Breck Kruger & "Catch A
Lena Star" on their win of the 10,000 Amateur with a score of
74!!!! At the "Summer Gala" NCHA Cutting in Nevis, MN. on 7/15/07
MD BARNS SILVER SPUR AWARD
Nitro Up is a 1986 sorrel mare, and her owners feel "Sunny" is worthy of this award, because she's enriched the lives of so many people, starting with their family. Sunny was the family's first horse, purchased for Ranch Rodeo competition in 2002. At 16 years old, and just over 14 hands tall, Sunny's owners weren't sure if she was the right horse for them. Her Doc Bar breeding was evident. Sunny helped her owners win more than their share of cattle competitions and ranch horse shows at the Out West Arena in Buffalo, Minnesota.
But Sunny was just getting started. She's much more than a great cow horse - she's a priceless member of the family. She is a gentle and bomb-proof as they come. All three of the family's children ride Sunny. Lily, a 5-year old, gets Sunny loping with a simple "smooch." Maria, a 10-year old, rides Sunny in Ranch Horse Shows, regularly winning ranch cutting and versatility classes.
Sunny's most remarkable impact has been on Joe. Joe is 12, bright, cheerful and autistic. Having autism, Joe has difficulty talking with others, and he's prone to flapping his hands and making high-pitched squeals. This can be a little alarming to people who don't know Joe, but it doesn't bother Sunny. From the time Joe rode her, she didn't spook when he squealed or flapped. She lopes off, calm as can be. More importantly, Joe changes when he rides Sunny. He doesn't squeal or flap much anymore when he rides her. When he's riding Sunny, he carries on normal conversations with us. He's calm and happy, just like Sunny. For all the professional speech therapy Joe has received, it seems riding Sunny is the best therapy.
Just this past September 16, 2006, a barn kitty tried to jump up onto Sunny from a wooden bench. Maria was sitting on Sunny at the time. That kitten leapt up onto Sunny's hind quarters, claws extended, and landed just above Sunny's tail, then slid slowly to the floor. Sunny's reaction was typical. Unlike most horses, she quietly turned to see what was going on, and she didn't move an inch!
Sunny is a great ambassador for the breed, and we think she's one in a million. For all she's done for our family, we nominate Sunny for the MD Barns Silver Spur Award.