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  • Writer's pictureLiz Moorman

From Heartbreak to Triumph: A Remarkable Amateur's Journey in the Show Arena

Meet Chris Thrush, an extraordinary individual with an equestrian journey that embodies the essence of resilience, determination, and unwavering belief in the bond between horse and rider. Join us as we delve into Chris' inspiring story that spans over 11 years in the competitive world of AQHA shows.


Chris Thrush and Sumthin About Mary
Chris Thrush & Sumthin About Mary

The Unicorn Partner:

Eleven years ago, Chris embarked on her AQHA show journey with a seasoned and beloved partner who was nothing short of a unicorn. Together, they navigated the challenges, reaching the prestigious stages of the Select World Show and Congress in 2018. However, fate dealt a heartbreaking blow as Chris lost her cherished companion shortly after these triumphs, leaving her in deep sorrow.


The Green Bean Challenge:

Determined to continue her equestrian pursuits, Chris made a bold decision- to invest in a three-year old mare, her "green bean." Questioning her choice and facing the stark reality of a green horse, doubts crept in. The longing for her previous finished partner lingered, making the transition challenging. Yet, little did Chris know that this decision would lead to a remarkable transformation.


Chris Thrush and Mary

A Change in Mindset:

After a year and a half of uncertainty and self-reflection, Chris decided to shift her mindset. She moved her young mare closer, dedicated herself to daily training, and gradually started competing. The key? A change in perspective. Chris began embracing the journey, finding joy in every step, and instilling a newfound belief in herself.


Joy, Believe, Journey:

With three guiding words - Joy, Believe, and Journey - Chris embarked on a transformative path. As she started believing in her capabilities, the joy of riding Mary, her green mare, unfolded. The journey became the destination, and Chris discovered that with the right mindset, anything is possible.


Chrish & Mary

Fairytale Achievements:

The last two years have been nothing short of a fairytale for Chris and Mary. They clinched the showmanship at the Pinto World Show, secured a finalist spot at the Congress, and earned circuit champion titles in multiple classes. The duo not only defied expectations but also epitomized the profound connection between a rider's belief and a horse's willingness.


Chris Thrush's story is a testament to the transformative power of belief, hard work, and embracing the journey. Through heartbreak and challenges, she found triumph and joy, proving that every rider has the potential to achieve greatness with the right mindset and dedication. Chris stands as a beacon of inspiration for amateurs navigating their own equestrian adventures.

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jennypritchett7
Feb 06

She is truly one of the hardest working amateurs I’ve ever known! Puts her whole heart into her horse as the two of them become 1 strong team! So proud of her. No doubt she will soar to new heights this upcoming show season. .

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