November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur Weanling Colts

She had just the right pop to add to a world championship.

Hey Coach and Amanda M. Wallinger-Rowan

Hey Coach and Amanda M. Wallinger-Rowan

Amanda Wallinger-Rowan earned her first AQHA world championship on November 15 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show – she lead Hey Coach to the win in amateur weanling stallions.

“You just wanted to out-do the old man!” said her father, Steven, as she came through the Gateway of Champions at the Oklahoma State Fair Park coliseum. Steven had shown the colt at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo, Texas, in September, and finished third.

“We got this colt – he’s by our stud, Acoolest Touchdown – last June (2012),” Amanda told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “We bought him as an embryo, we foaled him out. We knew he was something special to begin with. We sent him to Ted right away.”

Acoolest Touchdown is by Acoolest and out of Telusives Touchdown by Touchdown Kid; he placed third in amateur 2-year-old stallions in 2011. Hey Coach’s dam is Im About Class by Kids Classic Style – she was the 2006 Select world champion 3-year-old mare.

“He loves to show,” she added of the colt. “He’s a little ornery, which is good – you have to have a little bit of a personality. But he did great today. ... Now he’s used to showing a little bit more and he just perks up.”

Amanda's family has been in the halter industry “for 10-plus years,” and are “really excited” for their first world championship.

“My mom showed me how to show halter … I started showing in Nebraska and South Dakota,” Amanda said. “We were fortunate enough that we had a stallion that (AQHA Professional Horseman) Ted (Turner) showed for us a while back and that’s how we got going into it.”

That stallion was Hez Gonna Be Famous, owned by Amanda’s mother, Lorraine. A 2005 buckskin by Mr Yella Fella and out of Silicon Sister by Obvious Conclusion, he was the 2005 reserve world champion weanling stallion and also won championships as a yearling in both the International Buckskin Horse Association and American Buckskin Registry Association.

“I enjoy the spotlight of (showing halter), I guess,” Amanda said. “It’s stressful, but it’s fun. It’s a hobby. I just got done with grad school, so it’s something fun for me to enjoy and really go out there and just have fun with it.”

“I’m an anesthetist … I’m from Elkhorn, Nebraska, and I live in Omaha. I enjoy it; I’ve been doing it for six months now. It’s time for me to get back involved with the horses, with Mom and Dad. It’s really enjoyable; it’s a family thing.”

In putting together a suit to show in, Amanda added that it can be a challenge “to find pants that are long enough, because I’m a little tall. I found these pants and went from there.

“Yesterday we were in the trade show, and I wanted something ‘Ted Turner’ orange (the trainer’s official barn color), something with a little bit of ‘pop,’ ” to add to her dark pin-striped suit. She points to the bright orange silk scarf at her neck. “And we did!”

Amanda isn’t sure of what’s in the colt’s future – they’ll keep showing him and hope for a stallion prospect. They have a full brother to him they plan to show next year.

“We want to thank Ted and Nancy (Dyer), they’ve been beside us the whole way,” Amanda said. “A special thanks to Olin Parker, he’s been fitting our other colts … (And) everybody who has helped us along the way. There are a lot of people supporting us and we really appreciate it.”