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November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Weanling Stallions

Four gold trophies - not bad for one AQHA World Show

Its Gameday and AQHA Professional Horseman Randy L. Jacobs

AQHA Professional Horseman Randy Jacobs and Its Gameday win the 2012 AQHA weanling stallions world championship.

Frank Berris of Sparta, Michigan, is one happy American Quarter Horse exhibitor and owner. His horses have earned four gold trophies thus far at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show.

The latest was in open weanling stallions November 16, when AQHA Professional Horseman Randy Jacobs led Its Gameday to the world title. The colt earned two firsts, two seconds and a third from the five judges.

“Like the song goes, ‘What a wonderful world!’ ” Frank said in his Journal Winning Run, ecstatic with the win, adding, “(AQHA Professional Horseman) Randy Jacobs did a heck of a job showing him.”

Invincable and Ted Turner Jr. took the reserve. During Bank of America Amateur Week, the placings were reversed, with Invincable and Nancy Dyer taking the amateur world championship, and Its Gameday and Laura Young Moseley taking the amateur reserve.

Frank bought Its Gameday on November 10, from Laura’s mother, veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Jubb. By Mr Touchdown Kid and out of JGM Sierras Sequel by Playgirls Reflection, the stallion was bred by John and Gail Muirhead of Camrose, Alberta.

“He’s by the same stallion as my 2-year-old gelding that was grand champion at the (All American Quarter Horse Congress) and that I won with here (Boys N Toys),” Frank said. “And now (Boys N Toys) has gone to a new owner (Vernon Habighorst); we’ll be rooting for him tomorrow in the 2-year-old gelding class. (Its Gameday) is my replacement horse for (Boys N Toys).”

He added: “I just love this colt. I saw him at the Congress: He won there in the amateur and in the open. I loved him there, but (Laura) wanted to show here. Once she did and was reserve, she was happy to move on, and we negotiated a price and I’m the proud new owner. It’s been a great trip.”

Frank plans to geld Its Gameday for his future showing career. After the World Show, he’s headed home with AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark in West Texas. Frank wants to get him qualified for the 2013 World Show in the amateur.

“I think he’s going to be a great horse.”

Frank is also looking forward to the WCHA Get-of-Sire class: “My mare, CK Mardi Gras, is going to be in the (WCHA) Get-of-Sire class, and that’s going to be pretty exciting. There’s my three-time world champion in there trying to get the trophy for CK Kid."