HARRODSBURG — Deborah Butler is a Florida girl, but she keeps getting drawn back to Kentucky.
And winning in Kentucky.
Her latest victory came Wednesday night when she rode Bi Mi’s Southern Rose to a win in the adult five-gaited pleasure class at the Mercer County Fair & Horse Show.
Bi Mi’s Southern Rose is trained by Danville residents Raymond and Lillian Shively, who operate DeLovely Farm in Rockport, Ind.
Butler, who is also the horse’s owner, bought her in Lexington last year and has fallen in love with her.
“She’s wonderful. She’s strong. She’s quality, she has that etheral headset and those eyes and that disposition. She’s nice in the bridle, strong trot and strong rack. And she’s so well mannered. She’s got a lot of spirit, but she’s so well mannered. And she;s just a baby in the stall. She doesn’t bite, she just loves on you.
“I showed her a little bit at the end of last year, but I had ot get to know her. She was a little green and she needed a little more training.”
Butler also showed Grand Master Flash on Wednesday, and said she may show Bi Mi’s Southern Rose again Friday night.
Despite being a Florida native, Butler has Kentucky connections. Her mother and grandparents are from Kentucky. She has also bought three world champion horses from Melinda Moore at Arrowhead Farm.
“And I’ve won here previously with Pour Some Sugar On Me and then Arrowhead’s Dreamcatcher,” she said. “I just keep getting drawn back here. I love it here.”
But she also has business back in Florida which is keeping her busy. Butler is a shopping center develop, and just got 160 acres approved to develop.
“I’m busy with that, so I’m trying to hire som help and get it all off the ground and it’s a lot of work,” she said. “And they put up with me.”
Bi Mi’s Southern Rose will be ready for the World’s Championship Horse Show next month at the Kentucky State Fair.
“I’m going to have to practice. She’s ready to go, I’ve got to practice some more,” she said. “She’s just wonderful.”
With the horse show being a week later than the fair, Butler said it was too early to judge whether she liked it and what kind of impact it would have on the show.
“I hope it doesn’t keep more exhibitors away,” she said. “It’s going to keep some spectators away. There are some other shows going on now, too. But I’m just not sure yet.”