Youth Versatility Challenge

Story & Photo by Kelsey Pecsek | Paint Horse Journal | July 2, 2011

Desarae Gilley and A Sudden Legacy take their first win at their last Youth show.

Eighteen-year-old Desarae Gilley of Vacaville, California, and 2004 chestnut overo gelding A Sudden Legacy made their mark at their final Youth World Show in the Youth Versatility Challenge. The team, trained by Bobbie Emmons of Plymouth, California, has dreamed for the last three years of winning a class at the World Show, and they are satisfied leaving this year with a champion ribbon and winning purse.

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

Desarae: It feels awesome considering the fact that I’d never done the barrels before.

Q. How do you think he did?

Desarae: I just kind of winged it and he was awesome.

Q. Tell me about your performance.

Desarae: My best event, I would say, would be the pleasure, because he just knows his job. The worst event I would have to say is the barrel racing, just because I’d never done it.

Q. How do you think you did in reining?

Desarae: He did really well. Normally he likes to switch leads in the middle when I don’t ask him to, so I was just keeping my fingers and toes crossed that he was not going to change leads across the center.

Q. Did you get any last minute advice from your trainer when you walked in the ring?

Desarae: She said, “You can do it, you know your horse.”

Q. What do you normally compete in with him?

Everything, but the barrels – English, Western, showmanship and halter.

Q. How does it feel to achieve this at your last World Show?

Desarae: It feels absolutely amazing and indescribable.

Q. Now that you’ve achieved this, what are your plans for the future?

Desarae: Just to keep it up and do what I do.

Q. Tell me about your horse’s personality.

Desarae: He is the most laidback, loving animal with a great personality I’ve ever met. I’m really attached to him.

Q. What’s his barn name?

Desarae: Sweet Cheeks, because he has a Paint spot between his bum cheeks.

Q. Can you describe your horse in three words?

Desarae: Awesome, amazing and perfect.

Q. What’s your favorite color?

Desarae: Pink.

Q. What do you love about Paint Horses?

Desarae: Their colors. I love how not one looks the same.

Q. What’s your favorite food?

Desarae: Mexican.

Q. Who would you like to give credit to for helping you with this win?

Desarae: Bobbie Emmons and her son. I’d also like to thank my parents for making this all happen.

Q. What’s your favorite event to compete in at World Show?

Desarae: I would say the horsemanship because that’s what I do the best in. Me and my horse just click in that event.

Q. What advice do you have for others who want to achieve what you have?

Desarae: Never give up. If you have a bad class, just look on to the next one. There’s always something in the future.

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World Champion Stats

Horse: A Sudden Legacy, 2004 chestnut overo gelding
Pedigree: A Sudden Impulse X Zippos Satin N Lace
Exhibitor/Owner: Desarae Gilley, Vacaville, California
Trainer: Bobbie Emmons, Plymouth, California
Breeder: Paul Moore, Covington, Indiana
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