Laurel Champlin, Look N Hott on top of world
September 17, 2016
Gardnerville's Laurel Champlin and her bay gelding, Look N Hot, have proven to be a winning combination. Make that world championship combination.
That is, Champlin and Look N Hot won the hunter under saddle class class at the American Quarter Horse Association Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan, on Sept. 1-2 in Amarillo, Texas. This is the second time in three years they have earned world championship honors in this class.
Her American Quarter Look N Hott is a 9-year-old bay gelding sired by Hot N Blazing and out of Regal Marie and bred by Susan Bernhard of Germantown, Wi. All told, they've been together for five years.
"I'm thrilled," Champlin said this week. "He's a great horse … he's 9 and he is a six-time world champion."
Look N Hott captured the world championship in senior hunter under saddle at the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association Open World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
In the hunter under saddle class, 27 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $3,780 over two days at the Tri-State Fairgrounds.
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Champlin and Look N Hott led all the way, from the first day's preliminaries (the top 16 advanced) until the finish on Friday, Sept. 2.
World champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy; Montana Silversmiths sterling-silver belt buckle with 14-karat-gold overlay; specially designed logoed jacket, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear, neck wreath, a medallion and 100 pounds of Nutrena feed.
Hunter under saddle is judged on performance, condition and conformation. Obedience is essential and the horse should willingly respond to cues of the rider. Put simply, the objective is to move with ease.
It's easier said than done, Champlin explained.
"It needs to look like it's easy, to look like there aren't many signals when there actually are," she said. "But in fact, it takes a lot of preparation and the horse has to be well trained. It takes many hours of training."
Champlin and Look N Hott also wound up with reserve champion honors in hunt seat equitation. She won hunt seat world championships in 2009 and 2011 with Skys Blue Eyes.
Champlin took time to express her gratitude to those who have helped out behind the scenes.
"I would like to thank HighPoint performance horses and my trainer Beth Case for their years of dedication to preparing 'JJ' (nicknamed after a famous baseball player) for this level of competition," she noted. "And I would also like to thank Steve and Martha Raether (brother and sister-in-law) and the Alderson family for taking care of my ranch while I am away competing."
The next stop, she added, is the world's largest horse show, the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio.