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Aunt and nephew win World Champion honors at Pinto World Horse Show

Faren Anderson and Kristofer Revard are World Champions.

When showing and demonstrating the abilities and beauty of Pinto horses, there aren’t much better than Anderson and her 8-year-old nephew Kristofer.

From June 8-20, the duo competed in the 50th Pinto World Championship Horse Show in Tulsa at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square.

Anderson won two world championships, as well as, Amateur English Showmanship Solid Horse, Amateur Western Horsemanship Solid Horse and Reserve World Champion Amateur Western Pleasure Solid Horse. She also placed in the top five in four other event classes.

Kristopher, who is going into the third grade, came home with Youth Walk/Trot Showmanship Solid Horse World Championship. He also came home with third place in Youth Walk/Trot Western Pleasure Solid horse.

“I love horse showing because it gives me a goal to work toward with my horses. It gives an opportunity for my husband and I to share together our love and passion for horses,” Anderson said. “Pinto shows give me an opportunity to share my love and knowledge of horses with my nephews.”

What was once a hobby, Anderson has turned horse showing into a chance to teach and mentor her nephew and they have been working together for the past two years. Raising and taking care of horses has been a great way to spend time together and share in the love of horses, she said.

According to its website, the Pinto World Championship Horse Show is one of the largest gatherings of Pinto horses, ponies and miniatures in the United States. The participants show a wide range of disciplines to demonstrate in front of judges, which include: Western, English, driving, pleasure, halter, roping, speed events and trial.

Anderson has been riding and showing horses for about 10 years, she said. Her and her husband currently own eight horses, mostly broodmares and one baby horse.

The horses they showed are named “A Nite to Remember,” whose barn name is “Pickles,” and “Zip for Scotch,” who is also known as “Scotch.” Scotch is a 10-year-old mare and Pickles is a 4-year-old gelding. Pickles has won four Pinto World Championships and one Reserve Pinto World Championship.

She competed in Amateur Solid Horse Classes during the show, English Showmanship, Trail, Western Showmanship, Western Horsemanship and Western pleasure, Western Ideal Pinto and Western Discipline Rail. Showmanship and Horsemanship are pattern classes that are judged on the rider and handler’s ability to successfully perform the pattern in partnership with the horse, while exhibiting the horse’s ability to perform.

Kristopher showed Pickles in his categories.

“It felt really good! I like that I won a first place ribbon, belt buckle and a third place ribbon because now I am a World Champion. Pickles did great,” Kristopher said.

Anderson competes year round with her horses Pickles and Scotch, going to horse shows around Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas and Tennessee. She has won ribbons, belt buckles, trophies, and chairs, as well as other high awards.

“In the past 10 years I’ve probably won over 25 belt buckles, several trophies and eight World Championship titles,” she said.

She attended Oklahoma State University and upon graduating she began working for the Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse and burro program. During this time is when she met her husband Glade, who also worked for the Wild Horse and Burro Program. Anderson also served on the First Osage Nation Congress and is the Nation’s first female Speaker of the Congress.

She said horses have always been something that she and her husband enjoy together. They love to spend time together, riding and showing their horses.

“I love the journey that it takes to get a horse ready for competition, I love the time spent at the barn, the life lessons learned along the way and the friendships that I make during the journey,” Anderson said.

Anderson is the daughter of Maynard and Carole Revard and the paternal grand daughter of the late Maynard and Mary Rose Revard and maternal granddaughter of the late Ida Mae Penn.

Revard is the son of Hermes and Kim (Revard) Sanchez and grandson to Maynard and Carole Revard and nephew to Faren Anderson and Cody Revard.