2017 Miniature Horse World July E-Magazine - Page 10

A Miniature We’d Love to Own Alliance Firewalker Barn name: Walker Owned and shown by: Kelbi Lyn Gray, Decatur, Texas Details: 2013 Sorrel Pinto Gelding Owner history: Bred by Alliance Miniatures, Kelbi purchased Walker from good friends and fellow AMHA members, Barbara Hib- bard and Lesa & Emilee Plett. Skill sets: Walker is shown in halter, but is being aimed at becoming an all-arounder. Kelbi realized just how smart this little horse was as he advanced in his training so easily- as if he had been doing it for years. “He is the type of horse that is just a joy to be around” Kelbi shares. “We now show in halter, in-hand trail, hunter, jumper, and showmanship classes together. I am also breaking him to drive as well.” Bragging rights: This team show at open shows where they have done very well and have introduced many people to the Miniature breed. 2017 marked the 6th time for Kelbi to attend the Pinto World Show. She says, “Big” horse exhibitors are always fascinated by Walker, some have never seen a Miniature horse in person before.” 2017 was Walkers first year to show over fences, and Kelbi was extremely excited with his perfor- mances. Wins include 2017 Reserve World Champion in Jumper and a Top 5 in the Hunter class. Earlier this year, Walker was also the High Point Miniature at the 2017 Horse O’ Rama Open Horse Show, a large All-breed show held annually in Fort Worth. Personality plus: Walker has a fantastic personality and a big heart. “Every time I walk in the barn he greets me with his little- pricked ears and a whinny,” Kelbi says. “He enjoys apple flavored treats and scratches on his withers. He even lets you know when you hit the right spot by sticking his nose straight in the air and wiggling it back and forth. He also enjoys taking pictures of him- self, with his nose right in the camera. There is just something special about him, and he is definitely my “once in a lifetime” horse.” See your horse here Email Editor@amha.org 8 Miniature Horse World J U LY 2 0 1 7