AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, leads Boys N Toys to the 2-year-old geldings world championship for new owner Vernon Habighorst of Phoenix. Boys N Toys won amateur 2-year-old geldings during the first week of the 2012 AQHA World Show with former owner Frank Berris of Sparta, Michigan. (Journal photo)
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by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
November 17 marked the first win for Vernon Habighorst, of Phoenix with his new 2-year-old gelding, Boys N Toys. Led by AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, Boys N Toys placed first on four judges’ cards en route to his second win at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show.
Former owner Frank Berris of Sparta, Michigan, led Boys N Toys to the amateur 2-year-old geldings world championship. A week later, as the Habighorsts were in the market for a new gelding for their granddaughter, Monica Hamm, Boys N Toys captured another gold trophy, this time in another name.
By Mr Touchdown Kid and out of Forever Coolest by Coolest, Boys N Toys was the 2012 All American Quarter Horse Congress grand champion gelding and the 2011 Congress open and amateur yearling gelding champion.
Boys N Toys’ November 17 win marks the second world championship at the 2012 World Show for Vernon and his wife, Rita. The week before, Vernon led RPL My Te Cheerful to the amateur aged geldings title; it was the 8-year-old bay gelding’s 14th AQHA world championship. “Henry,” as the bay gelding is dubbed after breeder Henry Atkinson, also took third place in aged geldings with AQHA Professional Horseman Gene Parker of Orrum, North Carolina.
The Habighorsts recently purchased a 2-year-old mare for their youngest granddaughter, Kaylee Hamm; doing so also put them in the market for a horse for Kaylee’s older sister, Monica.
“(Monica) said to Grandma, ‘Am I going to get a new horse?’” Vernon told the Journal their Winning Run interview.
“Now Kaylee has a 2-year-old mare and Monica has a 2-year-old gelding,” Rita added with a smile. Not in the same class, though, she said – it’s better that way.
Although Boys N Toys has caught their eye before at the Congress, horse-shopping for Monica is what really brought him to the Habighorsts’ attention.
“He’s got a short back and he really ties in good,” Vernon said, adding that he will most likely take a turn at the shank of their new horse as well. Monica will also be pulling double duty – she competes with Henry in youth aged geldings.
Now that Boys N Toys is part of the Habighorst family, it begs the question, what’s his new barn name?
“Whoever we buy the horse from, that’s their barn name,” Vernon said. “So his barn name is ‘Frankie.’”