Goshen horse places in national eventPublished 11:00pm Thursday, August 1, 2013
Miss Gay Bar Abby, ridden by Summer Huff, competed in the 2013 National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) Teen World Championships in Perry, Ga., last week and brought home the Reserve Teen World Championship to Goshen.
Miss Gay Bar Abby is owned by Darren Scholl of GBA Farms in Goshen. Huff, of Pensacola, is Abby’s rider.
Miss Gay Bar Abby and Huff won the NBHA Teen World Championship in 2011. Although they didn’t win the championship this year, there are not many teams that could come back with the Reserve Championship at a competition that had 1,050 horse and rider teams from eight different countries competing, Scholl said.
“In the 2013 Championships, Summer and Abby won the first go and qualified for the finals round. They placed fourth in the second go round and only missed the top honors of the World Championship by two hundredths of a second, which left them with the Reserve Championship,” Scholl said. “One hundred and ninety-four teams out of 1,050 competed for the Championship Saturday night. We were number 171 and were leading at the time we ran with only 23 teams remaining. But one girl edged us out.”
Scholl said he was extremely proud of Miss Gay Bar Abby and Huff.
“They are a great team and a very popular team,” he said. “Every time they run, people will come in from their trailers to watch. There will be a lot of cameras popping and videos running when they compete.”
Scholl said there are two reasons for the popularity of “Abby and Summer.”
“They are always a threat to win,” he said. “They can come in and take over the lead and that’s exciting. And, their style of running looks so good. Some horses don’t look good running but come in with good times. Abby and Summer always make it exciting, with very tight turns. It’s just the way they operate.”
Huff is from Pensacola and Scholl has ties to several states.
“We have a great following in the Webcast from all over the United States when Abby and Summer are running,” he said.
The duo will compete in the Mega Barrel Race in Jackson, Miss., in August and the Open World Championships in Perry, Georgia in October.
Then Abby is going to have babies so she’ll get the winter off and will run again in March.
But Abby won’t carry her own babies.
“They are very excited about Abby’s babies at Auburn University,” Scholl said. “This is the first time they’ve done an embryo transplant and have gotten two babies from the same horse. So, it will be exciting to see Abby’s babies and for Abby and Summer to be in the race.”