OKLAHOMA CITY — Madisonville High School Junior Kennedy Bryant was named 2017 Adequan NMC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year in November.
Bryant, representing the Southwest Reining Horse Association, won the title in a runoff between Canadian Maga Boulanger, representing Association Quebecoise de Reining Inc.,
Bryant outlasted a field of 65 competitors, riding her All Nite Spook, an 8-year-old gelding, to the highest score since they have been together.
"Becoming the Rookie of the Year feels amazing,'' Bryant said. "This goal was something that my trainer Bud Lyon suggested, and ever since then, we have worked towards that goal. He wants to be a good horse and listen most of the time. Sometimes he doesn't, but it makes these moments mean even more."
Lyon speaks highly of his student who, qualified for the finals in OKC at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship.
"Her memory retention is her best asset," he said. "I can tell her something one time, and she files that concept away and immediately knows how to implement it. Her ability to process information and put it into action is incredible."
In addition, Bryant also won Rookie Level 2, the $200-added NRHA Rookie Level 2, and NRHA Rookie Level 1.
"This moment was possible because of my parents, family, friends, and trainers," said Bryant. ''They all helped me get here, and I could not have done it without them."