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Kris Hapgood and her horse Buddy are staples in the trail riding circuit, and now they both have the prizes to prove it.
By Vallery Brown | Published: March 15, 2012
EDMOND — When Kris Hapgood met her champion horse about 13 years ago, he was an abused, bay-color colt with a striking white blaze down his face. The young horse was barely trained and had been dubbed a “man eater” because he often tried to bite his male handlers.
Hapgood found the horse listed for sale in the newspaper for $800. It was anyone's guess what breed he was, but Hapgood saw potential in a horse many had all but written off.
“I saw something in his eyes,” said Hapgood, 51. “We've had a bond since that day.”
So far, the 16-year-old gelding named Heza Trouble Makin' Buddy, or Buddy for short, has surpassed everyone's expectations. He recently was named grand champion competitive pleasure horse for the North American Trail Ride Conference for Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
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