Brandow, riding before she could walk, competing at huge show|
|Antigo High School senior Brooke Brandow, who began riding horses when she was barely a toddler, will compete later this month in a granddaddy of a horse show.|
Brandow, daughter of Dawn and Dave Brandow of Antigo leaves Oct. 15 for the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, where she will compete along with 20,000 other entries in the major national show.
She and her Quarter Horse gelding Brownie, with a registered name of Coco Invitation, will be judged in novice hunter under saddle, English equitation and showmanship, a halter class.
Brandow will also be a representative on NEWQHA Wisconsin youth team.
The show is massive in every way. It’s long, running throughout October, has a huge pile of prize money, and with 20,000 exhibitors, preliminary classes of 180 horses and riders can be expected.
It’s a thrill for Brandow, who passed up the world championships held this past week to compete at the Congress, and even more so because she and Brownie have been a team since she was in eighth grade.
“This has been my goal ever since I got Brownie,” she said. “I bought him when he was two years old and I trained him myself.”
Brandow entered the Congress with confidence. She most recently competed at the 2013 state 4-H Expo in West Allis, earning four reserve champions and six top ten ribbons between her equestrian and educational events. Over 700 horses competed.
The accomplished equestrian said she got her first leg up on a horse when she was just 11 months old.
“I rode a huge buckskin named Jeb in a lead-line class,” she said.
She has competed every summer since that auspicious start, with her family purchasing Brownie from a Minnesota barn after her abilities outgrew those of her horse Sheza.
The Congress is the world’s largest single-breed horse show, attracting more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area over its three-week run.
Brandow will compete from Oct. 15 through 24.
Brook Brandow and Coco Invitation will compete in the All American Quarter Horse Congress later this month.
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