2011 Select World

Performance Halter Geldings

Barrel racer wins performance halter geldings.

Phillip Russell and American Quarter Horse Straight Like George Style

Philip Russell of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, wins performance halter geldings September 1 with Strait Style. (Journal photo)

Philip Russell just raced into town to pick up a trophy. Now, he’s about to head back out of town.

At 9 a.m. September 1, Phil was showing at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show. By noon, he planned to be back on the road home to Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

In between, Phil captured the world championship in performance halter geldings, his first.

“My horse’s name is Strait Style,” Phil said. “He’s a 5-year-old gelding. I purchased him as a 2-year-old, and I’ve done all the work on him other than sending him out and letting a guy ride him two or three months, and my guy for the last three months fitting on him.”

Strait Style is a 2006 buckskin gelding by Kids Classic Style and out of Touchdown Tina by Touchdown Kid. He was bred by Jimmy and Audrey Lee of Warroad, Minnesota, and Phil calls him “Bucky.” His performance points are in barrel racing and pole bending.

“He lives in a one-stall barn with a drop cord for electricity, and I carry water to him,” Phil said. “I just had faith in him and sent him off. I been fooling with horses some 40 years, but I never showed that much. Just started this year really doing good.”

So how does Phil’s first world championship feel?

“Tremendous!”