Cowgirl wins big

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Abby Gray

NLJ Correspondent

Christy Achterhof was a little fish in a big pond when she and her horse, Kings Silk, graced Guthrie, Oklahoma, for the NRSHA Novice Amateur Ranch All-Around on June 13. However, the duo quickly became the biggest fishes in the pond when they won the competition in a competitive field of more than 2,000. 

“I’m thankful and blessed,” Achterhof said. “I feel like it was such a blessing from God when I won. I was shocked, followed by thankfulness. It’s just a blessing to go to such a beautiful place and compete against such awesome riders.”

Achterhof competed on her 4-year-old horse, which she trained primarily by herself after acquiring Kings Silk, who was just 3 months old at the time, from breeder Shawn Acord, of Weston, Wyoming. Before getting Kings Silk, Achterhof had retired her 22-year-old show horse, which she had also trained on her own.

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