Jack Shawver and Intoxikating take the title as 2011 Adequan Select World Champions in aged geldings. Journal photo.
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by Samantha EckertThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Jack Shawver of Olney, Illinois, felt the stiff competition on September 3 of the 22 other aged geldings in his class at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
“It was pretty tough. There were 23 nice geldings in there,” Jack said.
Jack was still shaking with nerves after his long wait to hear his name announced.
“When it came down to the end and they announced the reserve I thought ‘I’ve either won it or I’ve got the fence,'” Jack said. “It was kind of nerve wracking right there.”
Jack’s 2006 sorrel gelding by A Phenomenal Clue and out of My Image Is Obvious by Image Of Kid is affectionately known as “Toxy,” and was purchased from breeder AQHA Professional Horseman Randy Wilson.
“We’ve had him since he was 2. We bought him from Randy Wilson. His daughter, Dana, won the (AQHA) Youth World (Championship Show) with him, as a yearling.”
Toxy has become quite special to the Shawver family.
“He’s part of the family. They’d get rid of me before they got rid of this horse,” Jack explained.
Jack and his family have several horses in their barn, but they all agree that the big sorrel gelding is a favorite.
“He’s the best-minded, best-natured horse. I know a lot of people say that, but with him it is true. Not only showing. His temperament makes him special,” Jack said.
AQHA Profession Horseman Buddy Laney assisted Jack at the Adequan Select World this year with Toxy.
“Buddy, he’s been around a long time. He knows his horses. He was a lot of help. I’d sure like to thank him for that,” Jack said.
Jack’s wife, Vicki, prepared Toxy for the Adequan Select World.
“She actually fitted him and got him ready. She was just a nervous wreck. She didn’t think she had him where he needed to be, but apparently she did,” Jack said.
Jack, Vicki, and their oldest daughter, Brittany, will be headed out of Amarillo to Fort Worth for the Reichert Celebration.
“We’re going to Reichert from here. My oldest daughter has a pleasure horse with Randy Wilson so we’ll go over there and watch her show,” Jack said.
The Shawver family looks forward to many more years showing with AQHA.