by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, leads My Te Cool Secret to the 2012 AQHA world championship in yearling mares.
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, led My Te Cool Secret, aka “Secret,” to the 2012 yearling mares world championship for owner and AQHA 20-year breeder Robin Klover of Mead, Colorado.
“I judged her, actually, in Iowa back in September,” Ross said, “and I liked her then. (AQHA Professional Horseman) Randy Jacobs had her, and she won the (All American Quarter Horse) Congress.
“A friend of mine, (AQHA Professional Horseman) Rick Lawrence, and his customer, Robin Klover, from Colorado, they flew out there and looked at her, and they fell in love with her and then they bought her.”
Randy showed the mare to place second in open yearling mares at Congress, and Robin showed her to the win in amateur. After Congress, she went home with Ross until the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show.
“She’s a real balanced filly – she’s got a lot of pretty, a lot of correctness on her feet and legs, a lot of muscle and a lot of substance,” Ross said. “All the way around, you can’t just pick on her – she’s hard to find something the matter with.”
By I Gotta Cool Secret and out of Positive Pearl by Made By Kid, Secret was bred by Jimmie Hardin of Aubrey, Texas. Her sire, I Gotta Cool Secret, finished second in the World Conformation Horse Association Get-of-Sire class November 17.
Ross said plans are now for Rick to take her home to Colorado for Robin, and they’ll aim her at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, hoping to get her qualified for next year’s World Show in open and amateur.
“They like to go show and they wanted one that can compete, and that’s what they got,” he said.
Ross is headed home for a break from showing, and back to ranch work.
“I slow down quite a bit from here until about March,” he said. “We ranch, so I’m on that ranch a lot with my dad (Robert), so the horses kind of become secondary for a little bit until I can get cranked up until about March or April.
“I’m going to get home and go to my sister’s next week – my wife (Sharon) and I – for Thanksgiving and yell at the Cowboys game on Sunday and go to the (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) in Vegas for four or five days there in December. One of my good friends, Steve Elkington, is going on the senior PGA tour and it’s his first outing in Hawaii in the middle of January – he’s invited me to go with.”
It’s been an incredible world show for Ross – he’s led eight horses to world championship titles during FedEx Open Week and several top-5 placings.
“I want to thank my owners and my family – my wife, my mom and dad – and probably the backbone (of my program), Ezekiel Morales," Ross said. "He’s been with me for 13 years, and if it wasn’t for him, it’d be hard to keep going. He’s a good horseman, he attends to his business and he’s like my son, he’s like family."