by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
RPL My Te Cheerful and Wendy Habighorst
It was unanimous.
All five judges’ cards had RPL My Te Cheerful at the top in the amateur aged geldings class at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show, giving him the AQHA hat trick.
“Henry” was world champion aged gelding at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA Championship Show with Kaylee Hamm of Phoenix, world champion aged gelding at the Adequan Select World Championship Show with her grandfather Vernon Habighorst; and world champion amateur aged gelding with her aunt, Wendy Habighorst of Cave Creek, Arizona.
Wendy didn’t have any particular concerns going into the class November 10
“I wasn’t really expecting anything,” she said. “I just really wanted to go in and get him shown to the best of my ability, and his ability, and he definitely gave me a run for the money today. He was not the easiest horse to show today.”
Henry was fractious, making the win all the sweeter. Wendy has limited practice time with him since he stays with AQHA Professional Horseman Ted Turner in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
“We just got in yesterday afternoon, so I practiced last night and other than the Congress and the horse shows that we went to this year, that’s the only time I’ve gotten to practice with (Henry),” Wendy said. “(Ted) gets a lot of the credit for preparing both the horses today. He does an excellent job.”
At the Ford Youth World in August, Henry was world champion with Kaylee, but the reserve world championship went to Kaylee’s sister, Monica, who showed A Kid By Design, aka “Ronnie.” Just a year earlier, Monica showed Henry to a world championship at the Ford Youth World.
Almost the same scenario played out at the World Show. Henry was first and Ronnie was second with Wendy’s husband, Jeff. Vern owns both horses.
“Both of our nieces have shown the horses to world champion victories, and they told me that if they could do it, I could do it,” Wendy said. “It was pretty fun.”
Jeff said there was no in-house betting with his wife on relative placement within the class.
“I was just hoping to go in there and get my horse shown good and see what happened,” Jeff said. “I told her good luck and to bring it. “
“There was not a bet, but we had definitely given each other some friendly ribs the last couple of days coming up to it,” she said. “We were very, very friendly competitors and kidded each other.”
And now both have a reason to celebrate.