Lily Richardson of Duvall earned the All Around 13 and Under title at the AQHA West Level 1 Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 24 with the American Quarter Horse, Chips Heart.
Chips Heart (Dee), a 2002 chestnut mare sired by Chips Hot Chocolate and out of Zippos Queen O Heart (by Zippo Pine Bar), is owned by Lily and Roberta Richardson and bred by Janice Scott of Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Richardson took home the gold Farnam All Around trophy, Montana Silversmiths belt buckle, and a Professional’s Choice saddle pad.
Lily also won the gold in Horsemanship, two bronze placings in Trail and Halter, and three additional Top Tens.
“The L1 Novice Championships West was an amazing show and being able to show in Vegas was thrilling. I am so thankful to have been a part of this show,” said Lily, who recently turned 13. “I felt nervous on the first day, the competition was tough, but I told myself that this is my passion – this is my dream – I’m here to do my personal best.
“Dee and I performed well. Horsemanship was our last class of the show, we did the pattern really well. But you never know, some of my friends performed really well too – you just watch and wait, and listen to the scores,” she said.
“Then they called my name for the gold and I couldn’t breathe. I was so happy. They kept me out in the arena for the All Around award presentation, I was honored to just place in the top three, but to hear my name called as the All Around winner in my age group, I started to cry. It means a lot to me. Dee is a very special horse, and all our hard work paid off. We are a team.”
Lily’s trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Paige Stroud of Monroe, has had an incredible impact on Lily over the years. Riding three to four days a week, going to the barn after school and every weekend.
“I have had the pleasure to work with Lily since she was just 5 years old. Now 13, she continues to be such a sweet and kind young lady and a joy to coach! She is a beautiful rider who is dedicated and passionate about her horse and showing,” says Paige.
Lily also showed at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio last year, the largest single breed horse show in the world, placing in the Top Five.
“Through riding and showing I now have friends all over the country and Canada. We keep in touch all year long and look forward to seeing each other at the shows,” she said.
Lily is a member of the Washington State Quarter Horse Association http://www.wsqha.com and Oregon Quarter Horse Association http://www.oregon-qha.com where she enjoys showing and being a part of the youth clubs.