This Palm City Horse Was Named A Champion Quarter Horse At Las Vegas Conference
Recognizing a hometown hero usually entails outlining the accomplishments of a successful CEO, an athlete who broke a record, or even an actor who made it big. But we've found a local hero of a different kind.
This one trots on four legs, but he's also a national champion who doesn't spend any time horsing around.
Amblin Max, a 2003 bay gelding horse from Palm City who goes by Max for short, was recently named the 2015 Progressive Working Hunter High Point Champion at The American Quarter Horse Association's annual conference in Las Vegas. AQHA is the largest breed association in the world.
Max is owned by Palm City local Diane Andersen and trained by Cindy Reddish, also from Palm City. With over 30 years of experience under her belt, Reddish provides private and group lessons, clinics and trains clients' horses.
“He looks like a large pony. He’s got a cute face,” Reddish said of her award-winning companion.
Quarter horses are known for their ability to sprint short distances. Max earned the award in the open division after Reddish showed him at competitions across the country. He was judged on manners, way of going, and style of jumping.
“Max is very focused, careful, steady and concentrated. He respects the jumps and is very consistent,” she said.
While it is not uncommon to spend small fortunes on quarter horses, Reddish likes to seek out the hidden gems. Max was first brought to Reddish for training with the disclaimer that his previous owner couldn’t do much with him.
“We didn’t realize he was a diamond in the rough,” she said.
Since then, she's watched Max's personality transform.
"He used to be really laid back and turned out to have some spunk to him,” she said.
Reddish, who last won the same award in 1995, has now made it her goal to take in horses like Max and find raw talent. After being in the business so long, she says her priorities aren’t winning anymore–although it doesn’t hurt.
“It meant still being able to hold my own over the years,” Reddish said of the recent award.