by Laura StevensThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Ted Turner and Total Annihilation.
AQHA Professional Horseman Ted Turner Jr. showed Total Annihilation to the yearling geldings win at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
Although the gelding is just a year old, he already has one major title to his name.
Owner Cathy Robinson’s son, 16-year-old Trent Robinson, showed Total Annihilation to a reserve world championship at the 2010 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
“He tied to win,” Ted said in his winning run interview with the Journal. The gelding lost to the tie-breaker judge.
Going into the November 18 finals at the world show, Ted felt fairly confident in the young horse.
“Thought we had a good shot,” Ted said. “(But I) didn’t know what all was going to be here because I haven’t paid that much attention to the geldings.”
Ted and Total Annihilation walked out of the arena with the gold trophy.
Unfortunately, Cathy wasn’t able to witness the win in person: she is home in Scroggins, Texas, teaching school.
“They’ll be very excited,” Ted said.
The Robinsons bought the gelding in January from breeder Rita Crundwell. The gelding is by her stallion, Execute, and out of Sheza Telusive Kid by Telusive.
“We brought him home and got started on him,” Ted explained. “He has been a great horse, easy to get along with.”
Total Annihilation has earned his youth and open halter Registers of Merit, but “we haven’t hauled him that much,” Ted said.
“Trent has really enjoyed him and decided to keep him. They don’t want to sell him, and they’re gonna try to keep him for the rest of his show career.”
If his yearling year is any indication, it will be a successful career.