Youth Spotlight

SPOTLIGHT on Kenli Marvin

It all clicked for Kenli Mar- vin, the 19-year-old Barnsdall, Oklahoma cowgirl, as she domi- nated the Non Pro Derby final at the 2018 NCHA Summer Spec- tacular with her loudly painted mare, Cinderella Cat, marking a 223. That was three and a half points ahead of Reserve Cham- pion, Todd Quirk on Real Suen. “It’s crazy how good she was this entire show,” explained Kenli. “She had only been shown about 12 times before this and this is her first show since the Super Stakes.” To the spectators in the stands who did not know her, Kenli’s story has been at times magical laced with a bit of determination against all odds, belief in her horse, and tons of hard work. Here is her story. When I was about six, I had a paint mare that I loved very much. I was a shy kid so my horse was my friend. Circumstances that were out of my parents control and mine took her from me. It broke my heart. I told myself that someday I would have a paint horse of my own. Years went by and it seemed like a distant dream.

When I was 15, I accidentally ran into a sale stall containing a

paint mare with a baby by her side. It was love at first sight! I begged my parents to let me have her. They looked at each other

and my father said, “Kenli you have five thousand in the bank. You can use it on her if you want her that bad.”

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opportunity to save for their future education while they show their horses.”

Seven talented youth exhibitors proved they were the best of the best, capturing the show’s All-Around and High-Point titles. The All-Around titles were awarded to Rebecca Figueroa, 14–18; Lauren Hall, 13 & Under; Ella Storch, Novice Youth; and Sabine Lazo, Solid Paint-Bred. Four additional High-Point awards were presented to top-placing Youth: Amanda Walsh earned the High-Point English Youth award, Jennifer Stanley took home both the High-Point Western Youth and High-Point Power Performance titles, and Delaney Good won the High-Point Walk-Trot award. Another exciting aspect of this year’s show was the inclusion of the biennial Youth World Games. With nine countries represent- ed, each country or combination of countries


Cinderella Cat & Kenli Marvin

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They came into the ring and the pair was quickly reaching my total savings. When the bid grew over $5000, my dad kept on bidding. When

the gavel fell, my father had the final bid of $5,600. At that point, he looked at me and said, “I’ll loan you

the rest.”

I brought them home. I named the little foal, Keeper. When I got Keeper in from the pasture as a yearling, she had cut her hock on the fence. The vets told me she’d never be ridden. I was per- sistent and so was she and against all odds, she got 100% better. I broke her to ride and trained her myself until she turned three.

Then my dad took over. She was very difficult at the start, but we worked through it together.

She has done everything that everyone said she never could. I think she wanted to prove them wrong, just as bad I as I did. w

entered one team composed of five exhibitors and a coach. One rider from each team compet- ed in classes aboard randomly selected mounts. This year the top three teams were United States, Team United (representing France, Italy & Slovakia) and Canada. Competition brought youth from all-around the globe to showcase their skills and love of Paints. AjPHA members and clubs were also recognized for their hard work and accom- plishments outside of the show pen. Amanda Nelson of North Logan, UT, was named the Aj- PHA Youth Member of the Year. Amanda is an AjPHA National Director and the Utah Paint Horse Club Youth President. She was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and custom Gist Silver- smiths trophy buckle. The Garden State Junior Paint Horse Club was honored as AjPHA’s Youth Club of the Year; they also earned the From the Heart award, which is presented to the club that provides the most support to the

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AjPHA Presidential Service Project. The Robyn Hanna Memorial Sportsman-

ship Award honors an exhibitor selected by an anonymous panel of judges as someone who exemplifies what it means to be a role mod- el in and out of the arena. Amanda Walsh, 13, of Thornton, CO, received this year’s award, along with a $1,000 scholarship and custom Gist Silversmiths trophy buckle.

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Courtesy Kenli Marvin

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