by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Its My Day Off and Vernon Habighorst
The horse came from Kansas and wasn’t very broke when he arrived at the Turner/Bradshaw barn in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
But in early spring, the 2008 sorrel gelding named Its My Day Off caught Vernon Habighorst’s eye. The gelding was by 2006 world champion 2-year-old stallion Self Employed and out of Cool Playgirl Act by Ima Cool Skip.
“I just saw him in the stall and had to have him,” Vern told the Journal. “He hadn’t been touched by human hand.”
“That’s a true story,” said Terry Bradshaw, who owned the gelding at the time. “This horse had not ever been touched…The great job with this horse was done by (AQHA Professional Horseman) Ted Turner… He was petrified of humans. You literally couldn’t go to the stall and look at him because this horse was so scared of human beings. And now he’s the sweetest thing in the world.”
Vernon and his wife, Rita, purchased the horse in April. At the 2010 All American Quarter Horse Congress, Vern led him to win the amateur 2-year-old geldings and the amateur reserve grand championship. The Habighorsts’ granddaughter, Monica, showed the gelding to win Congress youth reserve grand champion gelding.
And November 12, the gelding nicknamed “Terry” won the amateur 2-year-old geldings title at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show with Vern at the lead.
It has already been a good World Show for the Habighorst family, Vern and Rita’s daughter-in-law, Wendy, and son, Jeff, finished one-two in amateur aged geldings with multiple world champions RPL My Te Cheerful and A Kid By Design. (Watch the Journal winning run video.)
The Journal asked Vern and Terry what it’s like to get ready for a World Show class in the Turner barn.
“Intensive!” Terry said.
“Stay out of the makeup people’s way … and just be ready to go in,” Vern said.
And Rita added with a smile: “And be ready for the class! Don’t miss it whatever you do!”
With that, we wished Vern luck – he was off to get ready for his next 2010 class, amateur aged mares with his multiple world champion mare, Existing, where he was reserve world champion.