By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalOctober 15, 2013
Performance halter geldings fill the Taft Coliseum on October 15 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos, scroll to the slide show below.
Two more open grand champions have been crowned at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress while over-fence classes concluded and all-around horses started taking their place in the warm-up and competition arenas.
On October 14, Secret Gunfighter won the open stallions title for his breeders and owners, Lisa and Donny King of Crescent City, Florida. All in all, it was a good day for the Kings as owners and as breeders.
“I don’t know where to start,” Lisa exclaimed to the Journal after the grand championship drive. “We won yearling stallions, then 2-year-old stallions then my 2-year-old went grand. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Secret Gunfighter won 2-year-old stallions on his way to the grand title. He’s a 2011 sorrel stallion by Western Gunslinger and out of Top Secretina by The Top Secret. The yearling stallion’s pedigree looks similar – he’s a full brother. Smithnwesson is the 2012 version of that cross for Lisa and Donny.
“To have full brothers standing back to back for the grand champion at Quarter Horse Congress, it felt pretty good,” Lisa said. “I was rooting for both of them. I was hoping I was going to get grand and reserve. “
Secret Gunfighter was world champion in yearling stallions at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show. At that time, Lisa told the Journal that while winning is great, “It’s even sweeter when you breed them.”
She echoed that sentiment October 14: “When you own the mama and daddy and you breed them, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
On October 15, it was Jack and Vicki Shawver’s turn for celebration as their gelding Intoxikating went grand for the couple from Olney, Illinois.
“The late Randy Wilson (of Ball Ground, Georgia) bred and raised him and Dana, their daughter, won Youth World with him as a yearling (in 2007),” Vicki said. “We got him when he was about 2. We’ve had him ever since then. It just seems like every year he keeps maturing more and more. He was like the little guy in the class when he was 4 in aged geldings. Te next year it seemed like he kind of bloomed. He’s just kinda gotten better and better every year after that.”
“Toxi” is a 2006 sorrel gelding by A Phenomenal Clue and out of My Image Is Obvious by Image Of Kid. He was world champion with Jack at the Adequan Select World Championship Show in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was open world champion with AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney in 2012 and reserve world champion in amateur.
“He’s an awesome horse, he really is,” said Vicki, who fits the horse at home with Jack. “He stays at our house, and Buddy meets us and shows and tells us what we need to be doing. It’s really worked out well for us. We talk to (Buddy) on the phone and send him a picture maybe. We would not be able to do it without him. He’s just been awesome.”
Intoxikating helps out by being a problem-free horse.
“It’s been really fun,” Vicki said. “He is such an easy horse. He is so smart. He’s never sick. I just can’t tell you – the vet just goes right on by him. He never has any problems or anything. He’s the solid one. We baby him a lot, but he’s just an easy horse. He stays in good shape and hopefully will stay that way for a long time.”
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