McKinnon Larcombe and Designed With Shine capped off a stellar week with yet another Adequan® NAAC title in the Youth 14 – 18, after winning both the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro earlier this week.
In Saturday’s competition, the pair marked a 220, winning a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, product from Classic Equine, and gift certificates to Bluebonnet Feed and SmartPak.
“I went in today with the mentality that I didn’t need to run her as hard as I did the other day for the Non Pro. She was so good for me then, she didn’t have to do anything more for me to make me happy, but she went in there and did it once again,” Larcombe said. “She was perfect. She turned remarkably well for me, circled like she always does, and ran and stopped really well. I was so happy with her.”
Designed With Shine, by Smart And Shiney out of Taris Designer Genes, is owned by McKinnon’s aunt Shauna Larcombe. “When I rode her the first time, I told my aunt I could easily take her into the show pen the next day. She’s so well-trained and easy to get along with, but I never imagined we would be this successful. I never thought in a million years I would have a horse like this to show. I’m very lucky,” she said.
Winning an Adequan® NAAC title has been a goal of Larcombe’s for many years. “There are some incredibly great horses in these classes, and you have to bring your A-game when you walk in the pen. There are great sponsors that make it possible for you to compete for saddles and big trophies, not to mention all the other fantastic prizes you can win,” she said. “It’s exciting because you know you have something to run for.”
Larcombe shared how thankful she was to her great family and friends who support her. “Thank you to my auntie Shaua. Without her, I wouldn’t be mounted on such a good horse. I thank my parents who pay for this hobby which is not cheap. My dad is a great coach who helps me every day. I thank everyone at the barn from Team Larcombe and Sterling Ranch. I thank my great friends. It takes a crew and there are too many people to name, but I’m appreciative of all of them,” she said.
Taking second in the Adequan® NAAC Youth 14 – 18 with a 213.5 was Raeanna Thayn and Coded N Karma (Electric Code x Whiz N Snap). They won an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, product from Classic Equine and SmartPak, and gift certificates to Platinum Performance and Bluebonnet Feed.
Reserve in the ancillary Youth 14 – 18 was won by Alexia Tordoff and Blue Collar Tag with a 218. Blue Collar Tag is by Whiz N Tag Chex and out of Kachina Oak Olena.