NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A four-legged Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjack is on its way to a world competition.
Yes, you heard right. Four legs.
The pretty blonde is now calling SFA home.
The SFA Equine Center is accustomed to accepting donated horses, but few are of the caliber of this pretty registered palomino mare valued at $25,000. Equine Center Supervisor Michaelle Coker bonded quickly with her new friend.
"This is Misbehavenhollywood. Her barn name is Holly," Coker said. She's considered a finished reiner."
A reining horse is trained to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena. Breeding is a factor too. Holly's sire is an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Champion.
"She is by Hollywood Dun It, and Hollywood Dun It is the all-time leading sire for the National Reining Horse Association, Coker said.
Coker is experienced in the show arena. She can take Holly through specific reining patterns to show off her agility, intelligence and beauty. The competitive rider couldn't pass up qualifying Holly for the Palomino Horse Breeders Association World Championship Show.
"She loves it. I think she gets a big adrenaline rush off of it," Coker said. Really feeds into the crowd. She's one of those. I love her, and she's a sweetheart, but she's kinda a diva. She likes to have all eyes on her."
Next week, the judges and the fans in Tunica, Mississippi will look for those quick stops and cheer at those fast spins.
"The fastest spinning horse I've ever been on," Coker said. "And so when I first got on her, it was almost one of those equilibrium effects of when we stopped, I felt like a cartoon character and was still spinning in my mind."
The goal is to end in the top ten as a proven reining competitor. It increases the ten-year-old mare's value.
"And then if we ever turn her into a broodmare, which I hope one day we do so we can have babies out of her, it will make her babies worth more," Coker said.
Win or lose, the Lumberjack purple Holly and Coker wear at the World Championships will do well for SFA.
"In the program books it will actually say Misbehavinhollywood, owner Stephen F. Austin State University. Rider Michealle Coker," Coker said "And so everyone that picks up that book will know that SFA has horses of this caliber and that we accept donations."
Misbehavenhollywood came from Colorado but appears to be liking the idea of being a SFA Lumberjack. Here's a warning to the champion basketball team. Her fan base could easily grow.