<P>66 JUNE 2016 RANCH HORSE JOURNAL Christy says her first impression was that he was a big stop- per and talented, but more than anything, he was very kind and willing to do whatever you wanted. Charlene bought him, but Larkin went home with Christy to Montrose, Colorado, for some finishing. He wasnt studdy, but the family gelded him and then Christy showed him in National Reining Horse Association classes for about two years, seasoning him for Charlene. Right away, I knew he was a really cool horse, Christy says. After I got him home and started riding him, I told Mom and Dad he was nicer even than we originally thought. Next, he went to Butch and Charlenes house where he and Charlene really bonded, even though Butch was also roping on him. Next, he went to Florida for a while so Butch and Charlenes son-in-law AQHA Professional Horseman Jay Holmes could finish Larkin in heading, heeling and boxing. His Calling LARKIN EXCELLED IN ROPING AND BOXING, BUT AT THAT POINT in his story, the perfect class for him had yet to be invented. Although they didnt show a whole lot back then, Charlene and Larkin were looking for points in the boxing class in July 2012 when they traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska, to a Quarter Horse show. I had gone over there for the cow horse boxing, and Christy was finishing up qualifying in the (amateur) heading, Charlene explains. There werent any entries in boxing, so Holly Hover said that I ought to try this new class, ranch horse pleasure. I entered and did good, so I just kept going in it. In 2012, even though they hadnt started showing until July, Charlene and Larkin placed third in the ranch horse pleasure high-point race. She competed in the open division at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show, as well, finishing ninth. Larkin had really found his niche. Sure, at this point, hed won points and year-end awards in heading, heeling, reining and boxing with Charlene, Butch, Christy, Christys husband Dustin, and Jay – as well as carrying Butch to big money in some of the toughest team roping events across the nation – but he was just hitting his stride. Larkin teamed up with Charlenes granddaughter Morgan Holmes for his Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show debut. Morgan didnt have to nationally qualify him, so their first run together was in the 2013 Ford Youth World preliminaries. Even with a bobble in the finals, the duo ended up sixth. Charlene and Larkin entered ranch horse pleasures inaugural class at the 2013 Adequan® Select World Championship Show, placing fifth. Also there, Butch and Larkin finished eighth in heading and third in heeling, earning them the Gene Graves All-Around Award for Select exhibitors over 70. Since Charlene chose to show Larkin at the Adequan Select World, she couldnt also enter him in amateur at the AQHA World Show. But the Morgan family has no shortage of com- petitors. Christys reining horse was injured, giving her the last weekend of qualifying with nothing to show. Mom convinced me to come down to Castle Rock, (Colorado), and get him qualified in ranch horse pleasure, Christy says. Her third ranch horse pleasure run ever was in the amateur ranch horse pleasure finals at the 2013 AQHA World Show where the pair earned the world championship. JOURNAL FILE PHOTO LARRI JO STARKEY Butch Morgan accepts his awards at the Adequan® Select World Show. 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