by Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Arnold G. Holliday and Totally Unexpected capture the 2-year-old geldings title at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
Arnold Holliday is no stranger to AQHA world show trophies, but he had yet to add a gold one to his collection. That all changed on August 29, when the Mexico, New York, showman led Totally Unexpected to the 2-year-old geldings crown at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo.
It was a feeling, he told the Journal, not unlike getting married.
At the end of his shank was Totally Unexpected, a sorrel son of Mr Yella Fella and out of the Mr Conclusion mare Shez So Beautiful. Shez So Beautiful was a decorated competitor in her own right, having earned five top-10 placings at AQHA world shows.
For just 2 years old, Totally Unexpected is already well on his way to making his mama proud. At the 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, with Abigail Pait at the helm, Totally Unexpected won the yearling geldings world title. It was at that show that Arnold sweet-talked AQHA Professional Horseman Jeffrey Pait out of the gelding. Totally Unexpected stayed in Jeffrey’s barn, and Arnold pointed the yearling gelding to the 2012 All American Quarter Horse Congress.
“We were the unanimous Congress champion in the amateur, and (Totally Unexpected) has done very, very well over the time,” Arnold said.
For the most part, Totally Unexpected calls Aiken, South Carolina, home – that’s where he stays with Jeffrey. But this summer, the gelding took a trip north to spend some quality time with the Hollidays.
“I brought the horse up to Mexico, and my wife and I and my granddaughter showed Totally Unexpected throughout the summer,” Bob explained. “Then we returned him to Jeffrey in the fall so that we could get ready for the Congress, Youth, Select and the World Show. It’s worked out well; really, really well.”
Arnold’s granddaughter, Carissa, led Totally Unexpected to a sixth-place finish earlier this month at the Ford Youth World. Next, Totally Unexpected will be pointed to the Congress, plus the AQHA World Championship Show, where Arnold’s wife, Kayleen, will show the gelding in amateur and Jeffrey will lead him in open.
“He showed quite well,” Arnold said of their Select world championship performance. “He’s a baby and he got tired at the end of it. I think by then, all the judges had seen him well and made their opinions.
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“I used to raise Quarter Horses and I had broodmares,” Arnold said. “My wife and I have now gotten into … in the insurance business. It gets very taxing.”
But the Hollidays at least have horses to ease the stresses of life.
“My wife granddaughter show hunters, and they both show the halter also,” Arnold clarified. “It’s been very gratifying having the whole family involved.”
This win, certainly, is one that the whole family can enjoy.
“I’ve had a lot of good feelings in my life, but I think this is one of the best.”