Congress: Halter Grands

AQHA halter world champions take the top titles at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio.

By Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse Journal
October 24, 2013

Anne Prince showed PF Premo to the 2013 Congress grand champion amateur stallions title, Jeff Kirkbride photo

Anne Prince of Palmetto, Florida, showed homebred PF Premo to the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress grand champion amateur stallions title. (Jeff Kirkbride photo)

Four AQHA world champions continued their reigns in the winners circle when they clinched the halter grand champion crowns at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress. And success in Columbus, Ohio, often is a prelude to even greater success at the world level next month in Oklahoma City.  

Amateur Stallions

Winning the grand champion amateur stallions title was PF Premo with Anne Prince at the shank. The 2011 chestnut stallion is owned and bred by Anne’s husband, Chester W. Prince of Palmetto, Florida. PF Premo is by the couple’s late stallion MH Supremo and out of Ima Credible Miss by Wincredible.

Among his many accolades, PF Premo was the 2012 amateur yearling stallion world champion and took reserve in open yearling stallions at the AQHA World Championship Show. Just a month before, he had claimed both the 2012 amateur and open yearling stallion Congress titles. But 2013 makes for his first Congress grand champion win.

“He’s a blast to show,” Anne told the Journal. “He’s a show horse. You plant him in the ground and ask for his ears, and there he is. He’s a lot of fun.”

Open Stallions

Secret Gunfighter, the 2012 world champion yearling stallion, took the grand champion open stallions honors for owner-breeder Donna "Lisa" King of Crescent City, Florida. The 2011 chestnut stallion is by Western Gunslinger and out of Top Secretina by The Top Secret, and was shown to the Congress win by AQHA Professional Horseman Gene Parker of Orrum, North Carolina.

“He’s been a good colt all the way through,” Lisa said. “He’s been a really solid colt.

“We own the mama and the daddy, and it doesn’t get any better than that,” Lisa added.

Amateur and Open Mares

Elusive Premonition, a 2008 bay mare, is no stranger to a Congress grand champion win. But 2013 was the first time the showy mare was named both grand champion open and amateur mare.

At the shank was owner-exhibitor Josh Weakly of Shelbyville, Illinois.

“This one’s special to me,” Josh said. “I showed her here last year and was grand in amateur and reserve in open. I won (aged mares) with her at the (AQHA) World Show last year. We thought she had gotten better, (so we showed her again).”

Bred by Laura L. Lehsten of Hygiene, Colorado, Elusive Premonition is by Elusives Premonition and out of An Elusive Miss by Mr Elusive.

Amateur and Open Geldings

Intoxikating continued his reign when he won the grand champion open and amateur gelding honors for owners Jack and Vicki Shawver of Olney, Illinois.

The 2006 sorrel gelding by A Phenomenal Clue and out of My Image Is Obvious by Image Of Kid was fresh off a win at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show in aged geldings with Jack at the shank. Bred by Randy Wilson of Ball Ground, Georgia, “Toxi” was led to the Congress grand champion amateur title by Vicki, who will show the big gelding in amateur aged geldings at the 2013 AQHA World Show.

“He’s an awesome horse, he really is,” said Vicki, who fits the horse at home with Jack. “We got him when he was about 2. It just seems like every year he keeps maturing more and more.”

Next Up

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