November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

3-Year-Old Colts

AQHA Professional Horseman Tom Robertson's win with Ecredible was an emotional event.

Ecredible and AQHA Professional Horseman Tom Robertson

Ecredible and AQHA Professional Horseman Tom Robertson

AQHA Professional Horseman Tom Robertson of Saline, Michigan, proved that he is cool under pressure at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show on November 22.

As Tom entered the arena for the 3-year-old stallion class with Ecredible, one of the ring-crew members noticed that his back number was wrong.

“I had to get a new number because he (Ecredible) was entered under two different names in the amateur,” Tom explained to the Journal. “So they made me a new number, but they made it 966 instead of 996, I didn’t even realize it until we walked down the chute to the arena.”

That alert ring-crew member quickly scrawled the right number with a pen and Tom entered the arena.

An exhibitor in an AQHA class without a back number or wearing an incorrect back number means an automatic disqualification.

“It’s a big deal,” Tom said.

It didn’t faze him, though, because he and Ecredible, aka “Eli,” went on to earn a world championship title.

The stallion, owned by Steve and Kelli Jensen of Freeland, Michigan, is truly home-bred and -raised.

He is by Mr Elusive and out of Lindys Little Secret by The Top Secret. Lindys Little Secret is a mare the Jensens raised, so now they are raising and having success with her son.

Next, they’ll be raising his babies.

“He’ll have a foal crop coming next spring,” Tom said. “They bred him and will continue on with that.”

As for showing, that is still in question.

Tom had nothing but praises for the 3-year-old stallion.

"(Eli) is totally a sweetheart," he said. "You would never know that he is a stud at home or here. He’s just very easy. His temperament is incredible; he’s a hard worker. I’ve never seen this horse take a lame step.”

He added with a chuckle, “He’s just been one of those incredible horses who makes me look good."

The homebred stallion has had success since his debut as a weanling where he was reserve world champion, an amateur world champion in 2012 as a 2-year-old, a reserve world champion in amateur November 13 and now another world title. He has also did well at Congress.

“He’s been a beautiful horse since Day 1; he was reserve here as a baby," Tom said. "He won the Congress. He just gets better. He’s an absolute gentleman horse. He’s never let us down. We love the horse.”

Tom knows that he couldn’t have won today without the help and support of his team and family. He gave a heartfelt thanks to both those in Oklahoma City and those who could only be here in spirit.

"I’d like to thank my whole crew!” Tom said. “Everybody who’s helped me, all of the people you saw in the picture. My help at home. I judged the Congress this year and I was gone for two weeks and I came home and my horses looked great! My wife (Mary). I’m going to cry. She couldn’t be here; she’s taking care of my aunt, who’s sick. Honey, we won. I love ya!”

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