Young pony owner Beasley realizing her dream in 4-H

Thursday, July 23, 2009
Eleven-year-old Katie Jo Beasley and her pony Magic make the perfect pair. Together they won the Western Showmanship Grade Six Wednesday morning at the horse and pony show.

GREENCASTLE -- Walt Disney once said, "All your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them."

At 5, Katie Jo Beasley had only one dream -- to own a pony.

Today, at the age of 11, her dream has come true.

It didn't come without work. After she dreamed of owning a pony, she pursued it by dropping clues to her parents Jim and Char Beasley.

Katie Jo would color and tear out pictures of ponies from coloring books.

"I would post them on the TV and different places around the house," she said.

Her efforts paid off last summer, when her parents bought Magic.

"I got him on my sister's (Lyndsie) birthday," she said.

Katie Jo found Magic at Quarry Creek. She thought he was the right size for her and that the price was right for her parents.

"I gave Mom hints that he was cheap," Katie Jo said.

She and 4-year-old Magic make a good pair. They entered the 4-H Horse and Pony Show for the first time this year and were named champions in Western Showmanship for sixth-graders.

"I was surprised we won," said Katie Jo with a smile. "He usually tries to make me mad."

Together, she and Magic took second place in the halter show for grades three, four, five and six.

The hard work didn't end when she got Magic. Katie Jo works with the 40-inch pony every other day.

"Ponies are more stubborn than horses," she noted.

Magic wasn't her only ticket to some wins at the 2009 Putnam County 4-H Fair. Katie Jo took home ribbons in the goat show for Junior Showmanship Pygmy, Intermediate Showmanship Pygmy and Senior Showmanship.

She also entered home environment projects of a nightstand, lamp and trash can, which she found at yard sales and decorated herself; and microwave cooking -- brownies to be exact.

This is Katie Jo's third year to participate in 4-H.

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  • YAY Katie Jo!!! Awesome job!!

    -- Posted by public concern on Thu, Jul 23, 2009, at 7:14 AM
  • Finally, a positive story in the Banner Graphic!!!

    Great job Katie Jo!! :)

    Is Quarry Creek suppose to be Croy Creek?

    -- Posted by lockemup on Thu, Jul 23, 2009, at 7:30 AM
  • I'm happy to see a picture from the horse barn.

    Nice Job Katie and Magic

    -- Posted by familygirl on Thu, Jul 23, 2009, at 9:39 AM
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