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Kyla Jeffries fulfills dream of competing in Quarter Horse Congress

Gary Franklin

The All American Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus, Ohio, is the largest single breed-horse show in the world, where there are over 21,000 horse show entries. Many who show horses dream of competing at this level. Kyla Jeffries, Versailles, has shared in the dream of competing in this show since she was 5 years old, when her mother, Bonnie Jeffries, took her to the Quarter Horse Congress.

Kyla Jeffries and Impulsive Ben“I took her so she could see what this horse show thing was about. Kyla loved it,” stated Bonnie. After that show, Kyla began watching classes for hours and learning all she could about horses.

As a finalist Kyla Jeffries, pictured left, astride “Impulsive Ben” collects her ribbon after Hunter Under Saddle event in 2015 Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. She showed her horse for the first time the following summer at the Firecracker Horse Show, a two-day event held at the Decatur and Ripley County fairgrounds. Kyla’s first venture was not a huge success, but she worked very hard since then to be the very best she can be.

Kyla started working with horse trainer Kristi Sharp, Milan. Kristi noticed Kyla after she had placed first in Western Pleasure at Indiana State Fair this year and asked if she and her mom had given any thought to competing at the Quarter Horse Congress. On October 15-17, 2015, Kyla and her horse “Impulsive Ben” competed in three events at the Congress. The 11 and under Hunter Under Saddle event is where she finished as a finalist with an 18th overall. She also was a finalist in the 11 and under Showmanship event placing 20th overall. She did not place in the Horsemanship event.

Bonnie noted that Kyla and her amazing horse work very hard together stating, “I say he is amazing not only because of his placings at this level but because of his personality and disposition. He took care of my little girl in a big arena and for this I will always be thankful. We have been blessed with an amazing horse and trainer.” The show attracts more than 650,000 people to the Columbus area and nearly $3 million is given away in cash and prizes. Kyla, a seventh grade cheerleader and basketball player at South Ripley, is already looking forward to next year’s competition. She is the daughter of Bonnie Jeffries and Matt Jeffries.

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