A 6-year-old Thoroughbred mare named Churchita (Churchhill—Slewita, Tsunami Slew) earned the title of Most Wanted Throughbred at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver, Colo, after an amazing performance with not one, but three riders.
To prove her talent, the mare showed off her skills with three different riders: one very skilled, one novice rider and a child rider. Ridden by owner Ashley Gubich, “Chita” jumped bridleless; she showed how well she adapted to other riders when Gubrich put her 3-year-old son aboard. Jonathan Horowitz, the announcer at Arapahoe Park Racecourse and a member of the Communications Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) board, also took a spin on the chestnut mare.
Gubich spoke about her love fore Chita's cheerful demeanor and her willingness to do whatever is asked of her. Gubrich teaches riding lessons out of her farm in Parker, Colo., and Chita is one of her most-trusted school mounts. While Gubich notes that the mare has the potential to go much further in the show ring, she doesn't get to ride the mare that much to explore how deeply her talent runs as she is such a favorite lesson mount.
Gubich has a small string of lesson ponies and re-trains OTTBs for resale with CANTER Colorado. She found Chita through CANTER Texas 4 years ago. Gubich noted her calm temperament and her nice conformation, and decided to bring her home. Though the canter took some work, Chita has always been light and balanced, Gubich says.
Like most people in the industry, all of Gubich's horses are for sale—except Chita. Gubich reiterates that she will never sell the mare, though she has been made offers numerous times. Gubich considers the sweet mare “the people's horse” and explains that Chita has taught many people how to ride, jump cross-country, canter and more.
Read more at Chronicle of the Horse.
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