Youth Solid Paint-Bred Hunter Under Saddle

Story & Photo by Kelsey Pecsek | Paint Horse Journal | June 26, 2011

Annie Taylor throws a thumbs-up to the crowd while 2008 gray solid mare is given the World Champion ribbon. This is Annie's first time at the World Show and her last year as a Youth.

Annie Taylor and Fancy Revolver couldn’t be fancier with Youth World championship.

Annie Taylor, a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, had a fancy ride in Youth Solid Paint-Bred Hunter Under Saddle with her mount, 2008 gray solid mare Fancy Revolver. Despite a first-time one-day stop at the Youth World Show, the team showed off their moves and were named World Champions. Under the guidance of trainer and sister Brittney Taylor of Lexington, Oklahoma, “Mini’s” fancy moves impressed the judges enough to place her first. This is the 19-year-old’s last year as a Youth and she made it a good one.

Q. Can you walk me through your performance?

Annie: My strength is definitely my trot. Our biggest weakness would be the right lead. She’s still learning. She’s only 3 so she’s still a baby and we’re trying to swing out that leg and that hip, but our trot’s definitely the strongest point of our ride.

Q. How does it feel to be a world champion?

Annie: It feels good. I started to tear-up a little bit, because this is my first time to ever show at Paint World.

Q. What else will you be showing in at World Show?

Annie: I only came down for today. I’m about to move back up to Stillwater, so I didn’t really have a lot of time.

Q. What was your horse like this morning?


I told my sister when we were getting her ready, “It’s either going to go really good or really bad,” because when we were putting in her tail and getting her ready, she kept pacing back and forth in the stall.

Q. When you went in the ring, what were you feeling?

Annie: I was definitely hot and nervous.

Q. Did you have any feelings other than tearing up when you realized you were the World Champion?

Annie: I was just extremely happy getting four firsts and a second. I knew there were two other horses in there that were really good as well and I knew they could place just as high, so I was definitely excited I got those placings. I was extremely happy.

Q. Did you get any advice from your trainer before you showed today?

Annie: She told me to breathe and relax.

Q. Are you planning on continuing your Paint career now that you will no longer be a Youth?

Annie: Yes. I definitely plan to continue showing here. And we have a tobiano mare back at home that I’ll show in Amateur.

Q. What goals do you have now that you have a world champion title?

Annie: I plan on making this mare an all-around mare. She can succeed in all the other classes as well, but this is definitely her strong point. I just want to make her better in trail and the Western classes. Hopefully I can get a flying lead change on her so I can do reining and Western riding.

Q. Do you have anybody that you want to thank?

Annie: I would like to thank my sister, who’s my trainer right now. She has helped me since I was 6 when I first started showing. My uncle and my grandma both, Jane Grasz and Tracy Grasz, because they’ve hauled us around to every show and helped us get ready. They help us wash and unload. My family is mainly who I want to thank, because they’ve always been there for me.

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World Champion Stats

Horse: Fancy Revolver, 2008 gray solid mare
Pedigree: All Time Fancy X Velvet Revolver
Exhibitor: Annie Taylor, Lexington, Oklahoma
Owner/Trainer: Brittney Taylor, Lexington, Oklahoma
Breeder: Tracy Van Horn, Lexington, Oklahoma
Total Class Entries:

World Champion Prizes:
 Gist buckle, courtesy of APHA; monogramed jacket, courtesy of APHA and Tioga Territory; insulated carryall, courtesy of Paint Horse Journal; $50 APHA General Store gift certificate, courtesy of APHA; and AjPHA letter jacket patch, courtesy of APHA