Megan Calhoun & Late Credibility
Sunday, July 4, 2004
Megan Calhoun and her horse, Late Credibility just won the Fourth of July 2004 NBHA 1D Open in Wachula. There were 161 entries and they were the only team in the 1D, the check was for $1,252.00, a nice bang to their 4th of July.
With much to overcome they have accomplished so much. Three and a half years ago the Calhouns bought Late. Megan and Late started clicking and winning 1D off and on the first 6 months they were competing then tragedy struck. Late broke her front leg, a hair line fracture of the cannon bone. Gainesville hospital told them she would need box stall rest for 6 months to one year. So with lots of stir crazy days for Late and jolly balls to play with she did heal. But then as soon as Megan started riding her again Megan got very sick. She started losing weight and couldn't fill her thirst. By the time the hospitals got all the test results she could have gone into coma, because her blood sugar was so off. They found out at the age of 10 years old she has Juvenile Diabetes. Now daily, Megan gives herself two shots and has to check her blood level 3 times a day, and she must be aware of her strict diet at all times. Megan and Late have both had obstacles in life and have risen above them. Megan's Mom has taught her that if you want something bad enough you have to work for it. No matter what obstacles life gives you, you need to try and overcome them. Megan has learned to believe in herself and her horse and with that they can do anything.
Megan has been barrel racing for about 6 years now. It all started around Pee Wee Rodeo, but the trainer who taught her the most was Norma Web. Megan rode a few horses in the 4D and won a few titles. Then they bought Late Credibility 3 1/2 years ago, from the Okeechobee area. Late and Megan had trouble clicking again after her leg healed up. Megan was leaning in her turns, Late was dropping her shoulder and they were hitting barrels. But the past year they have been on a winning streak again. They started this steak at the Smokehouse Arena, winning the Cowboy Junction Saddle. They had won other titles too like, Arcadia Junior Rodeo in 2001, the 2003 Youth America Best of American Horse Award for the 2D, 4H Florida State Champion in Barrels for last 2 years, and Florida 4H Reserve All Around Champion and qualifying for the Master's Barrel Race in Oklahoma in August in which we wish her luck.
Late is an 11 year old mare by My Credibility and out of Pretty Patty Star. She also, has Jet Deck in her. This mare really hunts her barrels so Megan rides her very aggressive. Megan just thinks about getting her past the barrels and then letting her turn. She might sit and check her once to first barrel, but second and third she thinks drive her and keep her weight to the outside no more leaning in!
Megan will be 13 in August and she is going into the 8th grade this year at Turkey Creek Middle School in Plant City. She is in FFA and is a National Honor Society Student, keeping her grades in the A/B's and grade point average at 3.5 or better. Megan would like to attend the University of Florida and become a Veterinarian.
Megan trained a couple of horses for barrels before she competed with Late. One horse/pony she trained was a mustang cross that consistently won checks and a 4D saddle with Megan. They have loaned that horse/pony to a good friend, Megan Rogers, and she is doing great competing with the mare and running 2-D/3-D times. Another Megan's Mom, Holly, competes with and just won money at the big NBHA in Perry, Georgia.
One of Megan's most special moments in barrel racing was when she was sitting in the stands watching the junior rodeo at Arcadia with her parents and said to them, I want to win this rodeo one day. Only two years later Megan and Late did just that.
When Megan is at a competition she warms up by walking her horse, then loping 3 circles each direction. Then bending Late's nose to Megan's stirrup. Then walking some figure eight's, with her weight to the outside and getting Late to move away from her leg. She tells herself I am here to win and I am going home a winner, then she runs her pattern through her mind as she warms up.
Megan competes on Late in a combination bit and a treeless saddle. Late is shoed by Johnny Mindedahl. She is fed Purina feeds. Late gets Ultium, alfalfa hay, minerials and other supplements.
Megan belongs to AQHA, NBHA and 4H. She also shows Late in halter and showmanship classes when she is not barrel racing. Megan would like other young people to never give up on their dreams. Not every horse and rider click she says, but don't let that or others bring you down, just keep trying. You can't win every time but don't give up and don't let anything spoil your dreams.
Megan would like to thank Joe and Kim Brown, Amie Still, Alison Clark and of course her Mom and Dad for all their help and support. She would like to thank all of her sponsors as well.
Well, I am very inspired by Megan and Late's story I hope you will be too!
Update August 2005
Megan is now on the Minimed Pump and has another feather in her cap! She won the 2005 Florida Barrel Racing Champion and Finished in 4th Place in Regionals. Also, she was a NBHA Youth World Qualifier and qualified back for the Finals in Jackson, Mississippi and won a Belt Buckle. After two weeks of being gone and on the way home from Montgomery, Alabama, she won the CASH BLAST in the YOUTH CLASS in Andalusia, Alabama. She and Late also placed 3rd in the Open Class. She's doing very well with her health and loves the Pump compared to the needle and would recommend the pump to anyone!
You can contact Megan through her mom, Holly, via email at run34me[@]aol.com.
Published August 16, 2004
Updated August 9, 2005
Last Updated: Tuesday August 09, 2005 13:41:54
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