Rodger Call of Fort Worth, Texas, and Go Big Sky win the pleasure driving class at the 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
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by Allison GraysonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
For Rodger Call of Fort Worth, Texas, his win with Go Big Sky in the pleasure driving class at the 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show held special meaning. His wife, Ann, won the class in 2005 and 2006.
“I’ve never won the Select pleasure driving (but) I’ve been reserve before,” he said in his Journal Winning Run interview. “My wife had won it two different times, so this was a win for her. I’m sure she’s looking down, cheering me on.”
“She used to show A Self Portrait and won with him two years in a row in the pleasure driving,” he said.
Rodger had won the reserve world champion trophy in 2008 with Artful Persuasion, but he was very impressed with “Marcus” at this show.
“I was thrilled to show Go Big Sky in this class, and I think I had the best drives I’ve ever had with him here,” he said. “He’s got great arena presence. He goes in the arena and perks his ears up and says “Oh, lets go! This’ll be fun!”
Marcus is generally a pro in the ring, but there are always little aspects that Rodger has to account for while showing.
“At the reverse, it was a little confusing to me. He acted like he wanted to trot a step or two,” he said of his winning run. “But I checked him and… it was OK.”
Although the pair did very well in the pleasure driving class, it’s not usually their claim to fame.
“I primarily purchased him to do the fences, to do the working hunter, the (equitation) over fences and the hunter hack,” he said. “We won the Select working hunter here in 2010 … He’s a good boy and I’m really happy to have him.”
Rodger has been coming to the Select world for several years and he thought this year was just as exciting as ever.
“It’s been a great Select Show this year,” he said. “And we like that this year the pleasure driving class wasn’t the very last class on the very last day, so they moved it up for us and that was a help.”
“I was able to show in the hunter hack preliminaries and made the finals, so I’m thrilled,” he said.
Throughout the show, Rodger has had many people cheering him on as he enters classes with Marcus. Many of them are people from his barn.
“We’ve got a bunch of friends here,” he said.
Rodger has also had his trainer, Chuck Briggs, driving him to this world championship win.
“My trainer has been terrific,” he said. “He’s the one that found (Marcus) at a Youth World Show and so we purchased him from there.”
“I’d like to thank (Chuck) and my family for their support,” he said.