Lokota Chic, a 2004 AQHA reining stallion (Smart Chic OLena X Mizzen Topsail) of Bar K2 Ranch in Langley, BC, has made his mark at the AQHA World Show in 2012. With a score of 213.5 the talented stud spun a AQHA World Show Intermediate Amateur Bronze title (missing the champion\’s score by point five points) and was a Amateur Reining Top Ten Finalist. Here is an interview with owner and rider Gaylene Sawchuck, following her run for the metal in Oklahoma City.
Lokota\’s trainer Randy Paul: What can I say about Randy, he taught me so much about the show pen, and the mental part of the game… \’It’s just another show, go out and do what we practiced.\’ He just keeps it really simple and makes it such a pleasure to show with.
What is this horse like to show?
Lokota is a dream to show and a unique horse in his character! Any mistakes that are made are typically mine. This horse is so intuitive and a joy to ride, he often is the guide. It is unique experience to see a horse perform as he does, being a amateur rider and just out of the Rookie Ring two years ago. Lokota is a plus half horse in every manoeuvre. Overall he is a great show horse with a lot of personality and character. My favorite manoeuvre that I personally love is circling him, he locks in so nice.
How many times has this horse shown at the worlds?
This is the second time Lokota has been at the AQHA World Show. During our time at the World Show this year we showed him in the Amateur and The Sr. Reining divisions. Lokota made the finals in both divisions. In the Amateur division we placed Bronze and in the Intermediate we tied for third. We missed the World Champion by a mere .5 points.
I am been waiting and dreaming of this special day since I was 15 and being the only \’Canadian\’ competitor in these particular classes made it all more precious and rewarding for me! So, I wish to say a Big Thank You to my partner, \’Lokota Chic\’ and Brian Knutson for believing in us enough to let me have Lokota to show for the last two years to achieve this goal.
How well has he showed this season?
This has been a remarkable year for Lokota Chic who was shown by Randy Paul, Trainer in the \’Open\’ and Gaylene Sawchuk in the \’Amateur.\’ Lokota showed and qualified for the World Show along with Cactus Reining Classic Res. Maturity Champion along with several other Non- Pro Wins.