Quarter horse a triple award winning classic
THIS Kids a Classic is only his show name, but he's lived up to the moniker for owner Jessica Simpson, winning three awards in the Australia Quarter Horse Association's halter category and qualifying for the world show in America.
The three Highpoint awards were for halter horse of Australia, halter horse of Queensland, and amateur halter horse.
Simpson, who said This Kids a Classic was only known as K.C. when grazing at home, is thrilled with the result which has come in what was to be K.C.'s final year of competition anyway.
She said it was "very rare” for a stallion to win the award.
Citing a cost of more than $40,000 to travel to the November world show in Indianapolis as the reason she would be unable to attend, she said she was in two minds about missing the competition.
"Yeah, it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said.
"But... this will be his first time standing at stud, and he's just got a positive preg test... I think that's a little bit more special to me.”
Having travelled across not only south-east Queensland but also as far as Rockhampton and Tamworth to compete, Simpson said there were a a lot of great moments she had been involved in, but one in particular from a recent competition stood out.
"We went to Tamworth, down for the nationals, and I was competing against the best of the best really, and for him to come home with two buckles... one I would have been happy with.”
Growing up around horses, Simpson has been competing since she was five years old.
"I love the fuss that you put into the horses.
"It's a time and effort that you put into them and the rewards, it pays off.”
Often, she said, the dedication of time is huge.
"It normally takes me two hours to prep a horse of a morning on a show day.”
Competition time could also take a while, although often not on behalf of This Kids a Classic.
"He was normally first class in, first class out.
"But you can stand around all day.”
Given the time involved in competing, Simpson said she was grateful for the support she has received, ranging from sponsor Hidez Compression Suits, to her family, husband Michael and her two kids who "come to shows every weekend without fail”.