Destiny Zeiders’ Zippo Psychic Vision Youngest Non-Pro Supreme Champion Horse
Destiny Zeiders of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, is ecstatic at winning the ApHC Non-Pro Supreme Champion Horse award with her mare, Zippo Psychic Vision, “Tia,” the fourth and youngest horse ever to claim this prize. Additionally, all points for this award were accumulated on the regional circuit.
“I think the biggest excitement comes from this being a home-bred, owned and trained horse,” Zeiders said. “Tia is out of my youth all-around mare Psychic Power and by the late ZipposCountryBoy. In 2005 after college I thought I would really like to get back into showing and doing the all-around events, but coming out of college I knew I didn’t have the money to spend on a ‘made’ horse, so I decided my best option would be to breed for what I wanted.”
Zeiders had won two 1999 Youth World Show titles in showmanship with Psychic Power, so she knew she already had a quality mare. Some friends of hers had acquired World Champion western pleasure horse ZipposCountryBoy, so all was set for a winning Appaloosa combination to be produced the following year.
“She is like a custom order for me,” Zeiders said. “I really wanted a buckskin filly with flakes over her hips and that is exactly what I got!”
The Non-Pro Supreme Champion Horse award is given to horses who have earned at least 100 points, at least 40 of which must be in halter classes and 60 in performance at a limit of 10 points per individual performance class. Additionally, the horse must have Registers of Merit (ROMs) in four of the five performance categories, and points have to be awarded by at least five different judges.
Only four horses have been issued this award: ImAPrettyBoyFloyd, age 13, 2001; Rock Solid HH, age 14, 2002; Applaud For Me, age 10, 2009; and now Zippo Psychic Vision, age 6, 2012.
Zippo Psychic Vision has 43 total Non-Pro halter points and 222.5 total Non-Pro performance points, as well as the Non-Pro Champion Horse award and Non-Pro ROMs in Hunter Under Saddle, Keyhole Race, Reining, and Hunter in Hand Mares.
Because of a back problem and cellulitus with Tia in 2011, Zeiders said this award was not even on her radar until some friends suggested she shoot for it. As the health problems restricted her to halter and showmanship classes—traditionally the hardest to earn—she found that she was only missing a few equitation and working points. Earning these, however, came down to the wire at the last regional show of 2012, Garden State in Branchville, New Jersey.
“Going into the show I needed two more anything points to get the performance total, four games points and one reining point,” Zeiders said. “Once I got the games points in the morning and the performance points in the afternoon I was able to breathe a little easier. Reining was the last class at the show and as I was finishing and walking out of the ring with Tia, it started to downpour. Thankfully it held off enough for me to get finished. When they announced the results I think everyone thought that my mom and I were crazy for jumping around in the total downpour.”
Even though she knew she had the points—earned during regional shows in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, New York and her home state Pennsylvania—for the award, waiting for official confirmation was stressful.
Zeiders attributes these points to much hard work, extensive practice and training. She broke and started training on Tia doing showmanship, halter and English. In 2010 she started working with local Quarter Horse trainer Holly Thomas on Western Pleasure, Trail and Equitation. During the winter of 2011-2012 she went to Dutch Chapman Reining Horses to get herself acclimated with reining to try securing those points. She had trained her own games horses since her youth, so she honed that aspect during winter.
Earning this award was an astounding accomplishment, but Zeiders has her sights even higher: Finishing out her own personal Non-Pro Supreme Champion award, for which she needs a handful of equitation points. After this, she’d like to shift her focus slightly.
“I really enjoy showing the all-around, but I think my heart is more in the speed classes.”
Horses have always been a significant part of Zeiders’ life, since owning a pony at age five. When she was 11 she acquired her first show Appaloosa mare, Dream In Pajamas, who is now 25 and still under her care. She got into Appaloosas because the farm at which she first took lessons had mostly Appaloosas. She only showed a few times during her youth career, but decided she wanted to do more after college.
“I have enjoyed the friendships and the camaraderie since coming back into the circuit,” she said. “I think this is one of the best things about showing Appaloosas.”