Posts Tagged ‘Nichole Copple’

PostHeaderIcon GRAND SLAM JAM!

A group of us showed at the Missouri Fox Trotter World Show this past week. We are all students of Parelli and study with Tony and Jenny Vaught of
“For the Horse” Ranch.
We are Hope Kahout, Mindy B.(I have forgotten how to spell her last name),
Nichole Vaught, Caitlyn Vaught.  We won 19 World Champion Ribbons!

Nichole and Velvet won 13 World Champion competitions and were awarded World Grand Champion Youth Ranch Horse and World Grand Champion Youth Versatility.

That’s Jenny holding the sign. Tony was missing when we got together for this picture.

Nova and I won two world champion competitions and some other places. Nova and I were awarded World Grand Champion Novice Versatility.

Mindy and Caitlyn won the Amatuer and Youth World Grand Champion awards.

We were awarded our reserve and World Grand Champion presentations on Saturday night in front of the crowd that came to see the World Grand Champion performance   horse competitions. They got to see a lot of us Versatility people too!

Nichole and Velvet were presented with TWO GARLANDS! Nichole got to ride Velvet around the arena twice – with each garland.  Nichole got two belt buckles and two horse head statues -gorgeous. They didn’t have a buckle for Novice World Grand Champion, so Nichole gave me one of her belt buckles. Blue ribbon winners also got a nice statue of a fox trotter horse. Nichole could not carry all her 13 boxes at the same time. She needs a trophy room.

Here’s Nichole and Velvet?during an event during the Ranch Horse competition.\

I’d like to point out that my horses, Velvet and Nova,?won a total of 15 World
Championships and three World Grand Champion awards. I follow the way of natural
horsemanship via the Pat Parelli methods!? Look at how it can turn out!!!

Here’s Nova and I practicing.

Here’s Jenny on the horse that I wrote many stories about in the 8 years I owned him (JR). Jenny got 5th in Open Ranch Horse and 3rd in Open Versatility\

Here’s Tony on Diva – I gave him Diva to start for me and he fell in love with
her.? She has been sold and Tony is her trainer.\


PostHeaderIcon Velvet and Nichole Copple – Multi World Grand Champions!

September 2009 Missouri Fox Trotter World Celebration

Youth Showmanship World Champion -4th in the World
Youth Western Pleasure World Champion
Youth Western Horsemanship World Champion
Youth Reining World Champion
Youth Versatility Ranch Cutting World Champion
Youth Versatility Ranch Roping World Champion
Youth Versatility Working Ranch Horse World Champion
Youth Versatility Ranch Versatility World Champion
Youth Versatility Ranch Pleasure World Champion
Youth Versatility Ranch Confirmation World Champion
Youth Hunter Over Fences World Champion
Youth English Pleasure World Champion
Youth Hunter Hack – Reserve World Champion
Youth Trail World Champion
Youth Barrel Race-3rd in the World
Youth Pole Bending – Reserve World Champion
Youth Stake Race World Champion

Nichole and Velvet were awarded the following high point awards:



PostHeaderIcon Sue – How Do You Do – Announcing a Scary Goal

Two years and four months of emotional fitness.

 ”My personal craven coward to hero journey”,

Employing the practical purpose of natural horsemanship

Using high level friendly games, bonding and leadership-with a “ruined” right brain introvert

It is my thrill to announce:

I will be showing Sue at the Fox Trotter All Breed Horse Show at Longview Horse Park on 8/9/08. 

  • Riding from the trailer into the arena,
  • Riding back to the trailer
  • Long awaited goals!

Occasionally, Sue and I will even be performing the gait as directed by the judge!

If you are there, please cheer me on.  Ahem.. You can even clap if you “stand back” from the fence as we sail by!  We’re not totally immune yet to arm movements!

Thank you to all the people that have helped Sue and I in this journey.  A special thanks to Tony, and Jenny Vaught and Nichole Copple for the role they played in the rehabilitation of  Sue (and me too).

“Bring ‘em in at the Fox Trot”

PostHeaderIcon Sue – How Do You Do after being with Nichole?

I took Sue home 4/1/08.  She’s been with Nichole all this time.  Our bond has slipped since Sue and I haven’t been together for quite a time.  My job is to get her trust again. 

I took her to a clinic today.  It’s called a Liberty Clinic.  It’s all about building a relationship and language so strong that your horse will sidepass, back, turn on the forequarters and hindquarters and circle around you and walk beside you…all while “loose”.  They have no halter no lead rope.. I learned that this is something that Ray Hunt refers to as feel!  What an ideal clinic to restart our partnership.

Introductions were done and I explained that I had played with my horse a lot at Liberty since she was hard to catch.  Jenny explained to the new people about Sue’s background. 

We had a round pen up and no one else volunteered to go in it.  So Sue and I started the clinic out inside the round pen.  Two people/horses were supposed to be in the round pen.  Jenny, the clinician, asked one of the participants why she didn’t go in there with Sue and I.  She explained that it was SUE who would be scared.  Jenny told her to go right on into the round pen.  We did great.  Sue and I practiced all the tasks with a halter and rope, but I just draped the rope over Sue’s shoulders and did most of the tasks without.  We hardly knew another horse was in the round pen with us.

Another participant has had her new Morgan bay horse for two weeks.  She and I ride together after work at night.  Her former horse…also a bay Morgan, rode with us many an evening.  A lot of the time, I was riding Sue.

Near the end of the clinic, the participant with the bay Morgan and I went into the round pen.  Our horses were “at liberty” and we did the tasks…sidepassing, backing, circling, turning, walking with the horse at our side.  Everything was great.  Neither horse ran off.  Near the end, both of us humans and horses were just standing in the round pen.  My riding buddy sez to me, “Which horse of the nine is that?”.  To me it sounded like she was asking who Sue was, so I decided I didn’t hear her correctly.  “Huh”, I said.  My riding buddy said, “WHICH OF THE NINE IS THAT?”  Then I decided she must be making a joke and I didn’t get it.  “What do you mean,” I said.  Now my friend was exasperated.  She said, “What is that horse’s name?”  I said, “This horse?”  My friend is now almost to the eye rolling phase and thinking I have lost my brain.  She said again, “Who is That?”  I said, “You don’t know who this horse is?”  She said, “No”.

I said, This is SUE!  My friend almost fainted.  “NO!” She yelled.  “That can’t be Sue.  She is so calm.  She’s not worried about other horses being close to her”  I can’t see her brace when another horse comes close to her.” 

“Good GAD!”  I said, “You didn’t know this was Sue the entire clinic?”  My riding buddy said “At first I thought she was Sue, but she acted so calm, I decided it couldn’t be.  I thought you got another horse.”

And so Sue’s story continues. Thank you Nichole Copple for riding Sue and helping to make her full recovery.

Next report should be a riding report. The trail calls.