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We Ask The Industry: What Song Would You Pick for Your Victory Lap?

It’s Championship season where exhibitors are dreaming of winning the coveted golden globe or bronze trophy. Victory laps are one of the most memorable parts of winning. It’s your time to celebrate all the hard work and dedication that you put into achieving that prestigious title. The energy, excitement, and song are what makes that victory lap something you will never forget.

We sat down and asked some of the industry’s top competitors and trainers what song they would pick to make their victory lap extra special.

Olivia Tordoff“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen or “How Do You Like Me Now” by Toby Keith. My sister and I listen to both songs on the way to horse shows. They get us pumped up and excited to show. Not to mention you can’t help but smile jamming to Queen and Toby Keith.


Ali Eidson“Thunder” by Imagine Dragons. I feel like it empowers the dreamers. It’s a success song; it represents the hard work and dedication we all put into getting a victory lap. The beat makes you feel powerful; at that moment, you are on top of the world.




Brad Ost – I always play “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled when we get back to the stalls if someone wins.



Troy Lehn“Fire” by Gavin Degraw. It’s a song that always gets me pumped up before big horse shows.





Sabrina Janis“We Are The Champions” or “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. Those are just classics.




Katy Jo Zuidema
– My best memory was when I won the $100K at the Reichert. Alan, the announcer, is a friend of ours and he was always doing cool stuff like that. Anyway, he played “How Bout Them Cowgirls” by George Strait. I’ll never forget it, think of it whenever I hear it. I also had a big palomino hunt seater at that time named Move With Me, and he always played, “The Way You Move” by OutKast when we won on him.

Beth Case– I liked the one they played for Willy and me last year, “All About That Bass.” They must have noticed how fat Willy was…him or me.




Doreen Moore“Started From The Bottom” by Drake. Because I’m starting from the bottom and I’m working my way to the top. Stopping for snacks along the way.





Tali Terilizzi“Lose Yourself” by Eminem. It’s such a powerful song not only in words but the beat as well. It’s about only having this one chance to win and making sure you give it all you have to get to that victory. Plus, I think it would be a cool song to lope around the pen.


Erin Bradshaw“Congratulations” by Post Malone or “Right Above It” by Lil Wayne.





Scott Reinartz – My victory song would be, with no doubt, “Born In The USA” by Bruce Springsteen. For a reason; if I were not, I probably would not be able to do the sport I love to do. Also for the million other reasons I can think of.



Shannon Curl Holbin – That’s easy. “We Are The Champions” by Queen. It’s the only song that fully describes everything you endure climbing to the top.




Payton Neiberger “Blessed” by Lewis Brice. Because I try to remind myself every day how truly blessed I am to be able to do what I love, and all the glory goes to God. So, in a moment like that, I think that would be my go-to song.




Houston Huff – Probably “Pickin Wildflowers” by Keith Anderson because that was my walk-up song when I played baseball – just a good hype song that has a lot of energy.



Julian Harris“Simply The Best” by Tina Turner. It represents the love of someone or a support group that never gives up on you. The ones who cheer for you wholeheartedly.



Austin Gooding – Mine would be “Blazing Saddle” by Frankie Laine. If ya know, ya know.






Kylee Wiseman – My victory lap song would be “Congratulations” by Post Malone because it talks about how people doubted him, and he finally showed them how you could be successful and come from nothing. Also, Post Malone is my absolute favorite.




Kent Ray Taylor“Believe” by Cher. If you don’t “believe” you can’t accomplish what you want to.




Bailey Anderson
– If I ever find myself alone in the middle of the Norick with a gold trophy in my hands, I don’t know that I’d hear the music over my tears of joy and hugging my mom. But I would have to say “Unstoppable” by The Score. My teammates and I from Georgia used to always listen to it before meets to pump us up, and it still gives me chills listening to it.


What would be your victory lap song? Let us know.

About the Author: Shelby Ratliff is an amateur AQHA competitor from Plano, Texas where she currently works for Chicago Title of Texas in sales and marketing. Outside of work, Shelby shows the Hunter Under Saddle on her horse Willy Has Potential under the guidance of Highpoint Performance Horses.