November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur Aged Mares

Elusive Premonition and Josh Weakly repeat as world champions in amateur aged mares.

Elusive Premonition and Josh Weakly

Josh Weakly leads Elusive Premonition to her second consecutive world championship in amateur aged mares. (Journal photo)

For the second year in a row, Josh Weakly walked out of the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City’s Oklahoma State Fair Park with a world championship in amateur aged mares.

And for the second year, he was leading Elusive Premonition.

“She’s just more mature (than last year),” Josh said in his exclusive Journal interview. “She’s put on a little more bulk and just matured. Last year, when we showed her, she was only 4. She showed against older mares and wasn’t quite as heavy. This year, we were in that spot.”

Elusive Premonition is a 2008 bay mare by Misters Premonition-An Elusive Miss by Mr Elusive. She was bred by Laura L. Lehsten of Hygiene, Colorado.

In addition to being amateur world champion last year, she was reserve world champion in open. She won both open and amateur grand champion at the 2012 and 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress, where Josh said he thought she had just gotten better.

“She shows good,” he said. “She’s – I think – a mare that people like to look at. You go out there and she’s got a lot of eye appeal to her. You just kinda pick her out when she goes out there. She’s balanced, she’s hand-made, she’s pretty-headed and she shows so well and she’s a beautiful color of bay. She’s just pretty special.”

“Whitney” – purchased on the day Whitney Houston died – is a bit of a diva herself, said Josh and Andy Staton, the mare’s trainer.

“She likes her own space,” Josh said. “She likes to eat. But I think she’s pretty good to be around most of the time. She’s like any good-looking woman – they all have their moments.”