Matt Huke and Hot Heir PF (Afires Heir x A Blessing), Strawberry Banks Country Pleasure Maturity AOTR Champion.
This year, in an impressive field of top-notch country pleasure horses, Hot Heir PF and rider Matt Huke, put on a memorable performance, bringing home the big check in the $20,000 jackpot class. Matt’s mother, Jodi Huke, says, “It was just really exciting! Its Matt’s first year as an amateur and our daughter Megan’s first year showing. The Buckeye is our favorite show, so for it all to come together was really special.” When asked about his big win, Matt replied, “He is really my sister’s horse. I love the fact that he can be a 13 & Under kids’ horse, while being able to call on him to step up in those bigger classes. My trainer, Dalton Budd, can even show him in the open and do well. He’s very kind hearted and gives it his all every time.” The Arabian horse is often campaigned as a versatile animal, however, the term “versatility” is often viewed in terms of the horse competing in multiple disciplines, such as a country horse showing in driving. Hot Heir brings a new definition to the term, as there is no age division he is unsuitable for. Lois Skeeles, who purchased the horse as a baby and later sold him to the Hukes, says, “He is just a fabulous horse with a wonderful disposition. I hated to sell him, but he is going to be a great kids horse.” Lois is right; Hot Heir has already gone on to take Megan to her first regional championships in Lexington, Ky., and they will show at Youth Nationals. Also qualified for U.S. Nationals with Matt in the Maturity class, the Buckeye Sweepstakes motto of “Where National Champions are made,” couldn’t be more true. n
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