by Samantha EckertThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Mike McMillian and Mister Terifficcandy won open performance halter geldings on November 12 at the AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo).
Mister Terifficcandy has had a wonderful year.
First his owner, Shelley Anderson of Simonton, Texas, led him to the amateur performance geldings championship at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show. Then, AQHA Professional Horseman Mike McMillian led “Candy” to the open performance halter geldings world championship November 12.
“Fantastic,” Mike says about how it feels to win his first class in the FedEx Open Week. “This is our first horse show in the open world, and it’s a win.”
Candy is a 2000 bay gelding by two-time World Show top-10 finisher Misterrific Can and out of Super Stars Candy by SS Super Star.
“He has really been a good horse for us this year,” Mike says. “The owner won the Congress in the amateur, and we won the open at the Congress. Then we won the amateur here, and now the open here. So he’s been a lot of fun.”
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After Candy thoroughly sprayed everyone surrounding him in a nice coat of snot and face grease, the Journal staff got a hint of his personality.
“He’s a great horse to be around,” Mike says. “He’ll do anything you ask him to. With a little bit of food, he loves anybody.”
The all-arounder shows in more classes than just halter.
“He shows in hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, western pleasure and horsemanship,” Mike says.
The 2011 World Show has gone well for Mike and Candy.
“So far it’s been really good,” Mike says about his World Show experience this year. “We came to the amateur last week. Now we’re starting the open this week. So far, we’ve had a real good show.”
Mike and his clients have earned several world championships throughout his career.
“It means a lot,” Mike says. “We’ve won several, and every one is as precious. We love all of them.”