by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Ike Cadillac Cash and Charles Carrel take a victory lap over a jump November 10 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
Ike Cadillac Cash has found his niche, and it’s not as the roping horse he was bred to be.
“(Some former owners) were trying to make a heading horse out of him and he didn’t really like that and blew up one day and jumped out of the heading box, from what I understand,” said AQHA Professional Horseman Charles G. Carrel of Sheridan, Wyoming, who owns the buckskin gelding with his wife, AQHA Professional Horseman Hilary Carrel. “He’s an intense horse.”
On November 10, Ike Cadillac Cash showed off his jumping ability as he carried Charlie to the world championship in open jumping at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
“He’s a good horse,” Charlie said in his exclusive Journal interview. “He has deserved that for a long time. He’s been second at Congress. He’s won lots of open shows and A-rated shows and circuit champion at a lot of A shows, and he really deserved to win the AQHA (world championship) more than any horse we’ve got.”
Ike Cadillac Cash is a 1998 buckskin gelding by Touchdown Dancer and out of Nollys Drifter by Lone Drifter. He was bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Will Gill and Sons of Madera, California, but it took him a while to find Charlie and Hilary and their jumping program.
“He came to us on trade,” Charlie said, because the horse wasn’t a fit for his former owners. When “Ike” had been with the Carrels for a while, another family fell in love with Ike’s handsome buckskin body and bought him as a trail horse.
“They bought him and took him home,” Charlie said, adding, “(Ike’s) a lot of horse. The guy climbed on and he bucked him off and we bought him back.
“We’ve always known what he should be doing.”
Ike loved jumping immediately.
“We put him back to work,” Charlie said. “Hilary’s won on him and I’ve won on him, and he’s a great horse. He has more try and heart than any horse you can imagine.”
Charlie seldom jumps the horse, concentrating on riding him on trails and trotting in a hay meadow to keep the horse in shape with a mellow mind and relaxed body.
“Physically, he has no problems,” Charlie said. “He used to have rails all the time because he would overachieve and want to get the jump over with, so he’d have a rail at a 3’6’’ vertical and then canter down to a 4’6’’ oxer and jump it like it was easy.”
Charlie’s preparation for the jumping finals was pretty easy.
“This morning, I took him out and walked him 45 minutes,” he said. “I never broke him into a trot. Mentally, it’s what he needs.”
Ike will get a few months of rest and then he’ll return to the 2014 World Show.
“He’ll have quite a bit of time off,” Charlie said, adding that he wanted to thank the veterinarians at Colorado State University who operated on Ike’s feet twice and have kept him going.
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