2014 was a fun filled year for Kelton and Kennedy Arthur. Kelton and Kennedy are the the third generation of our family to show POAs. Kelton has been showing in the leadline division for several years but 2014 brought a new pony to the barn. Thanks to a call from our good friend Dr. Karen Kapp-Vance we went to try out the pony that my Dad had raised several years ago and brought him home. “Digit” is by Caddo’s Major Jim and out of my old show mare CA’s Kismet. Digit was a great fit for Kelton and we started off on a very busy show schedule.
We traveled with our family to shows in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas starting in March and wrapping up in November. Kennedy made her leadline debut at the age of 2 at the Congress Show in Tulsa with lots of our family on hand to watch in person. Kelton had a great show season winning the High- Point Leadline boy honors at the Mid- America Regional in Texas, High- Point Leadline boy at the Congress Show in Tulsa and High- Point 8 & U boy at the Reichert Celebration in Texas. Kelton wrapped up the year by being named Number 1 in the Nation in the Boys Leadline!
We would not be able to travel to all the shows with out the help and support from our family. Thanks to David Spencer (Grandpa) for raising the horses and always being on hand to help wash, lead, saddle and chase kids. Thanks to Pat Arthur (Nana) for traveling with us in the cold and heat to help dress kids, provide snacks and support and for always cheering Kelton and Kennedy on. Thanks to (Aunt) Chelsea Evans for taking time out to come watch the kids show, even when it means traveling quite a distance. Thanks to (Aunt) Dr. Rosslyn Biggs for being the on -site vet and helping wrangle kids and ponies. There are also extended family and friends too numerous to mention that have chipped in to help get kids and ponies ready, push a stroller or hold a horse whenever needed.
Showing POAs is definitely a family affair and we enjoy traveling and competing with our many friends across the United States. We think that participating in livestock events is one of the best ways that we can prepare our children to be successful in life. They learn to be responsible, win humbly and lose graciously, and be appreciative for the opportunities provided to them. We are looking forward to a great 2015 show season and continuing to show POAs for many years to come!