by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
A total of 21 mares were entered in the November 7 finals of the amateur performance halter mares at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
Frank Berris of Sparta, Michigan, was the one to walk out with the gold trophy – leading his 4-year-old chestnut mare, CK Mardi Gras.
It’s the second time he’s personally led a world champion in a halter class; the last time was in 2006 when he won the amateur yearling mares with On The Red Carpet.
But Frank says “Mardi” is his favorite because “she’s just the easiest horse in the world to show.... a sweetie pie.” He just bought her in June.
“She’s got roping points, and that qualifies her for the (performance) halter,” Frank says. “I just love her to death and I’d like to thank (AQHA Professional Horseman) Joey Shortino for finding her for me and (AQHA Professional Horseman) Ross Roark for helping me out.”
Ross will be showing the mare in the open performance halter mares November 13. After that, Frank says she’s headed to Florida for the Gold Coast Circuit.
“I’m not used to showing halter at 8:30 at night!” Frank says with a laugh – the class was part of the featured evening finals that started at 7 p.m. “Otherwise, I’d be having a big steak dinner with about 30 people (to celebrate). It’ll probably tomorrow.”
Did you have anything else you wanted to add? “I love AQHA!”
Frank Berris and CK Mardi Gras