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Photos and entries below
from Spring 2007 and earlier
Turning in the
Crossing the bridge
Topnotch Cadence, age
3, and rider Clara Vaughn, 13, compete in Novice Youth Trail at
May 2006 AQHA show in Carthage Missouri.
First Place Youth English
First Place English Equitation
Stock Horse Invitational Championship
2006, Carthage, Missouri.
Ridden by Clara Vaughn,the
three-year-old mare also
placed third in three other events: Junior Western Pleasure, Youth
Western Pleasure 13 & Under, and Horsemanship.
show drew year-end high-point
competitors from 14 horse
show associations across Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Topnotch Cadence won
AQHA ALL-AROUND TROPHY
the Open Division as a two-year-old, at
her first AQHA breed show.
In open classes, the mare showed in 2-Year-Old Snaffle
Bit Western Pleasure, Junior Trail, and 2 year-old halter mares. Novice Youth Classes included Trail,
Western Pleasure, and Horsemanship.
Clara and "Topsy" at the AQHA show in
Columbia, Mo, November 2005
three-year-old, Topnotch Cadence and rider Clara Vaughn competed as an
team, riding in both
English and Western events. They earned several
AQHA points, and in the open shows
home a large collection of blue ribbons and several hundred in cash
prizes, culminating with the wins at the
Multi-State Invitational Championship
The mare was injured and had to be sidelined for the 2007
show season, but a comeback is planned for 2008.
teenager has been an active participant in this mare's training from
the very beginning.
It takes a good-minded
horse to be shown as a two and three-year-old by a Novice Youth, and
this mare's disposition is consistent with other Zip to the Topnotch
Notes from Topnotch
Cadence's Youth -written when she was
two years and under-
What a delight to take a two-year-old to a horse show and
never have her act up or get spooked, and to focus on her performance
like she had been doing it all her life.
This filly did
just that on the night this photo
was taken, at the West Plains, Missouri, Pioneer Saddle Club open show
in August 2005.
by Clara Vaughn, 13 (in photo) and Amanda Mayers, 19, she placed in every one of her four western
pleasure classes against big fields of competition, and in one class
placed second, following a horse that frequently wins at big AQHA breed
above and at right:
Age: 27 months
practice-session photo shows this filly's deep hindquarter reach at the
lope, a trait that gives her power and grace at that gait.
With this deep,
slow lope, she really lives up to her name of Topnotch Cadence. Given
mind, excellent movement, and wonderful disposition, we think she'll
be ready for the all-around classes for her three-year-old show season!
The photo at left was taken January 27,
2005, when this filly was just 22 months, with maybe a dozen rides on
her, all ridden by my daughter Clara, then 12 years old. On this day,
she was hauled in a strange trailer with a strange horse to a strange
place. Given those conditions, and being my first ride on her, I
thought a helmit a
wise precaution. But honestly, it was a wonderful, non-eventful ride.
right into the creek, she led the way, followed nicely, and never got
easy-going disposition and fine mind are consistent with Rusty's other
offspring. You know you've got good minds when an 11/12-year-old girl
can break two of his babies two consecutive years. And her gaits
come so naturally. The first time Clara loped
her, she said, "Wow, she's smooth." That was with no
training. You should see her now!
- Denise Vaughn