Exhibitor Spotlight at Pinto World: A Winning Mother-Daughter Affair
By Brandy Smith, PleasureHorse.com
Many daughters say their mother is their best friend. Few daughters can say their mother is their best friend, trainer, driver and biggest fan. One of those few is Kaity Arthur, a Michigan native who is showing in amateur all around events at the 2013 Pinto World Show. She and her mom, Lori have been showing together since Kaity was three years old, in her first leadline class. Kaity has never been to a show without her mother; that includes collegiate equestrian competitions since her mother is her IHSA coach at Saginaw Valley College. Kaity says, “My mom is more than just my mom. She is my trainer, truck driver, coach, cheerleader and best friend.” Both Kaity and her mother juggle full time jobs with horse shows every weekend. One weekend they both worked a half-day on Friday and drove to Iowa for a weekend of horse showing and were back to work on Monday without a break. Kaity says this is exhausting, but “so worth it” for the time spent with her mother and her horse. “Horse showing has brought my mom and I together so much more than most mothers and daughters. Fifteen hours in the truck on the way to Oklahoma is good bonding time,” says Kaity.
This is more than your average mother daughter horse show team. They work in perfect harmony to create a combination that is extremely successful. Over her career and several different horses, Kaity has won seven Pinto World Championships, a Pinto World High Point Youth saddle and number one youth in the nation in 2003. This success is carried over to Kaity’s current mount, a 2008 bay gelding named “All Time Fancy Man” (aka Manny). They bought Manny as a yearling and he was the first horse Kaity ever broke out. With her mother’s help and expertise, Kaity and Manny propelled to the winners circle with an NSBA World Show championship in Breeders Cup Futurity 2yo Non-Pro Paint Hunter Under Saddle. The love Kaity holds for her horse is obvious, “He is like a cross between a giraffe and golden retriever. He is the sweetest horse and wants to be a good boy all the time.”
Two women, one self-trained horse, and a whole lot of hard work and dedication is back in Tulsa to try for a few more buckles to add to the collection. All competition aside though, the bond between mother and daughter is an accomplishment in itself. They show because they love the animal and the sport, as well as spending time with each other doing something they both enjoy. Kaity says she goes into every show with the same mentality, “No matter what happens, there is always another day and another judge. Love your horse no matter what and never take anything for granted.”