Ima Hot Topic’s Journey to Worlds
Rebekah Baughman and Hottie
“Ima Hot Topic” a.k.a “Hottie” is a 13-year-old American Quarter Horse. Hottie loves to run barrels and
compete in MD NBHA; 2019 is her third year running. Something unusual about Hottie is that she only has one eye. The
surgery happened about two years ago in 2017 right after she had competed and won in her division at State Finals in
Harrington, Delaware. Losing her eye was devastating and we thought her career was over. Never the less Hottie pulled
through. Although this put a hold in her training, we’ve pushed through and have come a long way. Hottie has improved
so much in the last few years it is unbelievable. We have people watching and coming up to us when we are out places
that would never even know she was missing an eye if they hadn’t been up close to her; she runs her best every single
time she is out in the arena. It is a good thing her and I have been clicking and getting better because this year is
our last year being able to run in youth division before I age out, so now we have to keep up with the big guys! That
being said Youth Worlds is in July, it will be our first and last time being able to go, it would be a dream come true.
I have been saving for this trip since last year and have most of the funds needed. We are trying to raise the remaining
$2,000 for the trip to Perry, Georgia in July of 2019. Without sponsors like yourself we will not be able to make this
10-day trip and compete in the highest level of youth barrel racing in Perry, Georgia.
Thank you! Rebekah Baughman and Hottie.