Gentry Pickett and Ponderosa Pine
1) When and where did you first see your roan, how did you end up with him as yours, and how long have you owned your roan?
Meeting Ponderosa Pine or "Saul" as we like to call him was truly something I did not expect. I had a young all-around horse at the time and really was not in the market to purchase anything. One day I went out to ride at my former trainer's home and they said I had to try this horse. I hopped on thinking nothing about it, and well the rest is history. I started out leasing Saul for the most part of 2017. I purchased him right after the NSBA World Show in September of 2017. He truly is a that unicorn that many hope to find in their show career.
2) Where, what level, and in what classes do you show your roan?
I show Saul out of Dry River Ranch with Stephen Stephens and Terry Cross in Weatherford, Texas. We compete in the Amateur All-Around classes at a variety of AQHA shows throughout the US. One of my favorite shows to go to is the Arizona Sun Circuit, which happens to be coming up in the next couple of months. The weather is beautiful and who does not love seeing the mountains in the background. Of all the classes I show Saul in, my favorite is the trail, which surprised me as he was fairly green when I purchased him. He has definitely taken to it and I love the challenge it presents.
3) What is your favorite thing to do with your roan horse?
One of my favorite things about Saul is his personality. He loves to nuzzle and be in your business, especially when you are waiting on your showmanship class. He can turn his game face on when it is time to show, but that loving personality is always there. I love the fact that he always gives 110% in everything he does. Whether it is 4AM or 2PM he can make me smile. I am beyond grateful to have found Saul.
4) What is your favorite memory with your roan horse?
My favorite memory with Saul was the day we decided to purchase him and make him a life-long family member. I always dreamed of having that diamond in the rough and that he is. My mom and I decided at the NSBA world show in 2017 that this was my forever horse. I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to be a part of his life.
5) What are your thoughts about the American Roan Horse Association?
I think it is great that there is an association dedicated to the roan horse. Roan horses are becoming more popular each year, so it is great to be able to show off their talent. I also love the programs that are offered within the Roan Association. The Fast Fifty and High Point programs are great and I think it encourages members to get out there and show.