by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Secretz Galore and Gerri Leigh Pratt
In a pool of great horses, there was one filly that stood out above the rest.
On November 13, Gerri Leigh Pratt of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, swept the amateur yearling fillies halter class at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show with her homebred filly, Secretz Galore.
To add icing to the cake, Gerry Leigh shared that this is the first win from a horse by her stallion, Secretz.
The stallion, who is a world and All American Quarter Horse Congress grand champion himself, stands at Pilot Knob Quarter Horses in Pinnacle, North Carolina. He is by The Top Secret and out of Teloquence, tracing back to Kid Clu, Temon and Conclusive, to name a few.
She is also out of a mare that Gerri Leigh has shown. The dam, Kids Keeping Cool, is by The Finest Kid and has several AQHA world show qualifications and two world championships in open and amateur aged mares from 2007.
Gerri Leigh could not have curbed her enthusiasm had she tried.
“We’re very excited. Very, very excited,” she said.
Not only is Secretz Galore gorgeous, but she is also amiable. An important feature for a halter horse since at a show they are placed under immense pressure and are meticulously groomed from head to toe.
“She’s the sweetest filly that you could ever be around, and she’s just beautiful,” Gerri Leigh said.
This may have something to do with her stallion’s personable demeanor.
“My stallion is very gentle,” Gerri Leigh said.
And she knows good horses when she sees them having had great success with other horses in other events as well.
But, it hasn’t always been halter horses for her.
She has accolades in hunter hack, pleasure driving, working hunter, hunter under saddle, western riding and trail, just to name a few.
"I used to be an all-around rider. I was campaigning a horse seriously while traveling with a friend who was showing a halter horse. At first I thought it was silly, but here I am. It grew on me. I love it to death,” Gerri Leigh said.
There is something about the conformation, muscling and personality of a halter horse that is reminiscent of a fine sculpture.
The filly has trainer Jeffrey Pait of Aiken, South Carolina, to thank for molding her into a work of art.
The former AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year is just one of the trainers that Gerri Leigh contracts with and who will compete with the filly in open yearling fillies at this year’s show.
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