AQHA World Championship: Snap Krackle Pop proves she really is a Superhorse by repeating as AQHA champion
Snap Krackle Pop really is a Superhorse. In fact, some are calling her a Super-Duperhorse.
For the second consecutive year, the little gray mare from Missouri won the highest award at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
Snap Krackle Pop, a 6-year-old mare owned by Twylla Brown of Perry, Mo., was named the Superhorse by earning 34 points in the competition spread over 17 days in State Fair Arena.
Snap Krackle Pop won the reserve world champion title in senior western riding and placed fifth in senior western pleasure, seventh in senior trail and 10th in performance halter mares.
Last year, the horse won world championships in junior western riding and junior trail on her way to the Superhorse crown.
This is the first time in 15 years for back-to-back Superhorse winners at the show and the first time a mare has accomplished the feat. It is also the first time a Superhorse winner won in the junior division the previous year and then again in the senior division the next year.
When a quarter horse turns 6 years old, it moves up to the senior division where there are more entries and the competition is tougher. That makes Snap Krackle Pop's Superhorse title this year even more impressive than last, said the horse's trainer, Kendra Weis of Moberly, Mo.
“I am a quarter horse judge, so I know how hard it is for quarter horses their first year out of the juniors to compete with the more seasoned horses, but we did,” Weis said.
The senior division is much more difficult because some horses will be much older than 6-year-olds and much more experienced.
“The experience they have at the national level and world, that helps when you get to that level of competition,” Weis said. “And the numbers (of entries) are so much higher in the senior division.”
Because of that, Weis was even thinking about Snap Krackle Pop repeating as Superhorse when the AQHA World Championship Show opened Nov. 3 at the state fairgrounds.
The Farnam Superhorse receives $25,000, plus $2,000 of Farnam product, an original Lisa Perry bronze and a rose bouquet.
Back-to-back Superhorse crowns increase Snap Krackle Pop's value for breeding. She has one 5-month-old foal already on the ground and another baby on the way, Weis said.
The mare, whose AQHA registered name is Snap Krackle Pop but is known around the barn as Brandy, doesn't carry the babies. Instead, her eggs are removed for insemination, Weis said.
“We will not sell the eggs to flood the market,” Weis said. “(The owner) wants what's best for Brandy. If we get a couple of foals a year, that's perfect.”
Snap Krackle Pop is only the third quarter horse to win consecutive Superhorse crowns. No horse has won three in a row.
“I think we will be back next year,” Weis said. “She is so young. She is sound and she enjoys what she does. We don't show her a whole lot throughout the year. We just go to some of the major shows to keep her prepped for that level of competition.
“Basically at home she gets rode a couple of days a week, and we've got outdoor paddocks where she goes outdoors every day. She's got a good life.”
The AQHA World Championship Show concludes Saturday.