Middleburg, Florida, resident Shelby Spencer had her best Southern States Triple Crown Super Show yet. Paired with her partner of four years, DD Docs Beduino Blue, the 13-year-old had a great Youth performance at the show held over Independence Day in Perry, Geaorgia. Shelby and her 10-year-old black Quarter Horse gelding “Diesel” clocked a 14.884 time, earning $870 and prizes in the 1D competition.
This was the duo’s second time to compete at the show, held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.
“I love this show,” Shelby said. “It’s a great facility.”
Diesel and Shelby’s first round of competition was the Youth division, and they had their best pattern in that class.
“I thought I did really good,” Shelby said. “We’re not ever really competitive up there. He’s never actually run in the 1D up there before. He really surprised me.”
Overall, the pair competed three times—the other two rides were in Open competition. She also showed several other horses at the event. On the last day, in Race 2, Shelby and Diesel had a minor mishap.
“I actually fell off of him,” Shelby said. “He was making a good run, but he caught the third going into it and I leaned down to pick it up and I just came off.”
Shelby says Diesel is a great horse, but a bit of a goofball. Before she got together with Diesel, her mom Laura Spencer used to ride the gelding.
“He doesn’t really like anybody else besides me,” Shelby said. “He’s picky.”
Traveling to barrel races is something Shelby and her mom both enjoy. They made the trip to the Southern States show together, and they often attend other competitions just the two of them.