by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Carol Ray waits to walk forward to claim her first gold trophy August 28 at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo. (Journal photo)
As Carol Ray’s number was called August 28, she started crying. It was her first world championship.
“I’ve been watching people win the world for a long time,” she said. “I get teary-eyed watching them win.”
This year, it was Carol’s turn at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo, leading Cool Red Secret in yearling geldings.
Cool Red Secret is a 2012 red roan gelding by I Gotta Cool Secret and out of Design A Skip by Classical Skipper. He was bred by Bill and Kathleen Huckabee of Stephenville, Texas.
“I got him from Huckabee Ranch in 2012,” said Carol, who lives in Temple, Texas. “I started him as a baby, and I sent him to Ted Turner Equine.”
Even though Carol got a little weepy at her win, she said she was confident during the class.
“He felt like a world champion,” she said in her exclusive interview with the Journal. “He did perfect. I talked to him and he just did his job. I told him that we could do this.”
And they did.
“Chilly” has been a show horse since he was a baby.
“When he was a baby and I was showing him as a weanling, he was really chilled, like a broke horse,” Carol said. “He was a calm horse when I started showing him.”
Carol likes everything about the horse, she said, even his mischievous personality.
“He tears buckets up and plays in the water trough, floods the barn,” she said. “He’s self-destructive.”
But in the show ring, she said, he paid attention to business.
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Next stop on Chilly’s agenda is the AQHA World Championship Show with AQHA Professional Horseman Ted Turner at the shank for open yearling geldings.
“I’d like to thank my family and friends for all the support,” Carol said. “I’d like to thank Ted Turner Equine – couldn’t have done it without him – and all my friends and family.
“This is a dream come true,” she added.