Coeur d'Alene Teen Wins Second World Championship Title
COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho. - For the second year in a row a North Idaho teen has claimed the title of world champion. Coeur d'Alene's Kelly Hamlin now has two American quarter-horse world titles to her name
"Looking back at it a few years ago I would never even think I would be able to be in this position to have two world titles," said Kelly Hamlin.
On August 1st, Kelly Hamlin won the reserved champion title for the Aged Mares division of the AQHA World Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She and her horse "Miss Miraculous", which lives and trains in Texas, competed against twenty-eight other quarter horses to determine which horse had best confirmation, meaning which horse could display the greatest profile and muscle composition. Last summer Kelly won with the same horse when it was in the 3-year-old division.
This is the highest level of competition Kelly and her horse can compete in and she says it is incredibly significant within the horse community to be able to claim these titles.
"Just to be able to say you have a world title is something you can say once in a lifetime...I mean everyone can go throughout their whole life wanting to and to be able to get it when I'm fifteen years old is just unbelievable," said Hamlin.
What is even more incredible is the title run her horse "Miss Miraculous" has had these past couple years. This is the fourth world title for the 4-year-old mare. Along with the two she's won with Kelly she has also won with Kelly's mom and the horse's trainer.
Kelly says she plans to ride and train over the next year and attempt to win her third title next summer.
- This web story was filed by KHQ Local News Reporter Mike Perry
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