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November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur 3-Year-Old Stallions

Peter J. Cofrancesco III returns to the World Show with a world championship.

Peter Cofrancesco III wins amateur 3-year-old stallions with Inspirado

Peter J. Cofrancesco III shows Inspirado to a world championship in amateur 3-year-old stallions. (Journal photo)

AQHA Past President Peter J. Cofrancesco III just spent four years on the AQHA Executive Committee.

When his term ended in March, he knew that he finally had a chance to spring a surprise on the rest of the halter horse industry: Inspirado.

“He’s a homebred,” Peter said. “He was born on our farm, out of one of the greatest mares in the industry and one of my favorites, MBJ Mini Obvious, and by De Renzo.

“At that time, I was on the AQHA Executive Committee, and we kept saying, ‘We’re not going to do anything with him, we’re going to keep him so I can show him,’ we liked him that much.”

On November 7, Peter led Inspirado to the world championship in amateur 3-year-old stallions at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show.

“We brought him (into the barn) in April of his 3-year-old year, so he actually was born and raised in a field at our place,” Peter said. “We brought him up, we snuck off to one little show in Pennsylvania, we got him qualified and he’s been home ever since.”

Inspirado is a 2009 bay stallion by De Renzo and out of MBJ Mini Obvious by Obvious Conclusion. MBJ Mini Obvious was the open and amateur world champion in aged mares in 2000 and was the world champion open 3-year-old mare in 1999.

“He’s like a big kid,” Peter said. “He’s got a really great personality, and he’s absolutely breathtaking. He’s beautiful. When he walks into the arena, you just can’t take his eyes off him. He’s got a great color.”

It might have been Inspirado’s first time under the bright lights of Oklahoma City, but it was Peter’s first time back in the World Show arena after his service on the Executive Committee.

“I was a little nervous,” he said. “(During) my four years on the EC, I was busy, and I didn’t get as much time as I would have liked to really handle my horses myself. I was a little out of touch. I practiced here a little bit. I practiced at the (All American Quarter Horse) Congress a little bit.”

Being back at the World Show as an exhibitor has been terrific, Peter said.

“These horses and these people have meant so much to me over the years, and it’s just good to be back in the arena, doing something I love and being around people I love as well.”