Congratulations to Platinum Medal Achievers Judy Ellis and HB Smokey

A poem by Judy’s riding companion

What horse do you want in your barn?
One sound of body and sound of mind
One you consider a lifetime find
A trusted companion, a forever friend,
Who’s good on the trail, beginning to end.
One that you’ve trained, your horse, your cues
Daily workouts, they’ve paid their dues.
Judy Ellis and her horse are such a pair,
Such a relationship is extremely rare
An ACTHA elite, and gold medal duo
Arizona’s top rider deserves a kudo
Vote on Tuesday for a winning team
America’s Favorite , not just a dream.
By Rebecca Orahood

Judy Ellis and HB Smokey aka Dewey are to be congratulated on their latest ACTHA achievement; the Platinum Award, earned upon accumulating 300 points.  Prior to the Platinum Medal, the team have earned a Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Bronze.  Judy and Dewey currently rank #1 in the state of Arizona in the Open Division, and #22 in the nation.  Judy and Dewey were also among the top 100 finalists of the ACTHA hosted television series; America’s Favorite Trail Horse.  The team’s achievement earns them a medal and a one year supply of Equine Supplement from Platinum Performance.  They reside in Young, Arizona.

Judy commented upon earning Platinum level status, “This past weekend Dewey and I qualified for ACTHA’s Platinum award. Fewer than 10 horses have attained this level. It is gratifying to reach this level but the true joy is in the friends I have made while on this journey.”


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