Trail Legend: Credits For Heaven

Trail Legend: Credits For Heaven

Credits For Heaven earned close to 4,000 points in his show career.

A young girl wearing olive green chaps and hat rides a chestnut gelding across a set of bright blue and yellow poles at the 2010 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

K.C. Montgomery photo

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By Jessica Carr for The American Quarter Horse Journal

Credits For Heaven was a perfectionist when it came to his favorite event.

And his precision definitely paid off.

“Hatch” earned 1,499 youth points, 1,489.5 open points and 786 amateur points in his show career.

Hatch is a 1998 chestnut gelding by Zippos Heaven Sent and out of My Investment Rose by Investment Creditor. He was bred by Dennis Hatch of Superior, Nebraska, and is owned by Todd Neiberger of Argyle, Texas.

Todd and Lisa Neiberger were looking for a good show horse for their daughter, Alyssa, then a youth, when they came across Hatch. He already had already 438.5 trail points and had been youth reserve world champion in trail with Rebecca Ries-Walter, so they knew he could do the job.

The Neibergers took ownership of Hatch in January 2009, and with the start of the new year, Alyssa had a new horse to get used to. She was persistent on the show trail, but to her dismay, she fell short and ended up not qualifying for the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. 

“I was devastated,” Alyssa says. “I was like, ‘What am I doing? I have this nice horse, and I didn’t make the finals.’ ”

Alyssa set a goal to make the next year’s Ford Youth World. Her persistence paid off when Alyssa and Credits For Heaven became the 2010 youth world champions in trail.

“It was one of my proudest moments,” Alyssa says. “It was pretty cool that a year later, I came back and made the finals, and then won it.”

Alyssa and Hatch earned 181.5 youth trail points in trail. They collected 204 points in amateur trail.

Alyssa says Hatch is a good trail horse because of his willingness to do well on the complex trail patterns.

“Every time I show him, he gives 150 percent,” Alyssa says. “He never wants to do bad, and he always goes above and beyond, especially in trail.”

Hatch is a horse who loves to show and perform. He keeps his ears forward and stays collected while keeping his head in perfect position, Alyssa says.

Alyssa’s parents have both shown Hatch, and her sisters Payton and Emily have taken turns on him also.

Hatch earned a youth Performance Champion title, an open Performance Champion title, and top-10 year-end placings in youth and open trail. With Alyssa, he was the world champion in youth trail in 2010 and third in amateur trail at the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show.

He earned two Superiors in youth western riding, two Superiors in youth horsemanship, two Superiors in youth trail and two Superiors in amateur trail. He also has a youth Superior in hunt seat equitation. In open competition, Hatch earned Superiors in western riding, western pleasure and trail.

“He is the most incredible horse I have ever owned,” Alyssa says.

Hatch is now retired from the show circuit, spending his days in sunshine at the Neibergers’ farm.