by Alexis BennettExceptional Playgirl and Luke Castle of Wayne, OklahomaWinner StatsHorse name: Exceptional PlaygirlPedigree: 2009 black mare (The Exceptional One-Playgirls Lady by Playgirls Conclusion)Breeder: Chanci C. McKinnon of Rosenberg, TexasOwner: Frank G. Berris of Sparta, MichiganExhibitor: Luke Castle of Wayne, OklahomaTrainer: AQHA Professional Horseman Joey Shortino of Lutz, FloridaTotal class entries: 18Purse: $9,830.34World Champion Prizes: Custom-designed gold trophy, courtesy of AQHA World Championship Show; Montana Silversmiths sterling-silver buckle, with 14-karat-gold overlay; Specially designed logoed jacket and world champion patch, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; WeatherBeeta free-style blanket; 100 pounds of Nutrena feed; neck wreath; and medallionReserve World Champion: Elusive Premonition and AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, TexasThird Place: Kupcakz and AQHA Professional Horseman Gene A. Parker of Orrum, North CarolinaIntermediate ChampionsFirst Place: One Exclusive Lady and Robert A. Johnson of Spirit Lake, Idaho
Exceptional Playgirl and Luke Castle of Wayne, Oklahoma
To say that the win on November 21, by Exceptional Playgirl and Luke Castle in the aged mares class was an exciting, whirlwind could be an understatement.
Frank Berris of Sparta, Michigan, told the Journal that he “just bought her yesterday.”
Frank and his trainers AQHA Professional Horsemen Ross Roark and Joey Shortino have had their eyes on the 2009 mare by Exceptional One and out of Playgirls Lady by Playgirls Conclusion for awhile.
They picked her out after several wins.
In 2011, she won 2-year-old mares at Select and reserve in the open at the AQHA world championship show. As a 3-year-old, she finished with a world championship in the open and reserve in the amateur.
With a huge grin on his face, Frank kept repeating that he “loves this mare.”
After she won reserve in aged mares in the amateur at this year’s AQHA World Show, Frank was determined to purchase her.
“We saw her show in the amateur,” Frank said. “We’ve been looking at her all week and just closed the deal yesterday.”
Luckily, AQHA staff has been on-site throughout the entire show to process registrations and transfers of ownership, renew memberships and answer questions for members and future members.
“It was real easy because AQHA is right here so we just made the deal and transferred the papers over at AQHA and they handled the rest,” Frank said with a laugh.
Less than 24 hours later, Exceptional Playgirl, aka “Angie,” won another world championship title.
And the win itself was quite intense, as well. It came down to the last judge’s lineup to determine the champion.
“The judges made it very interesting out there,” Frank said. “It came down to the last judge and they put what I feel are the two best mares together. The last judge picked our horse first and the other horse second so that’s how they finished in the class. It was very exciting!”
Though Frank and his wife have owned numerous world champion horses, he told the Journal that this was “probably one of the most exciting times.”
Frank has been involved with halter horses for the past 10 years and his wife shows as well, so to say this win is one of the most exciting says a lot.
Angie’s new owner is already looking forward to next show season. Frank plans to show her himself as an amateur competitor and will continue to have his trainers compete with her in the open.
Now that she is done competing at this year’s show, the mare will travel to Florida to stay with AQHA Professional Horseman Joey Shortino.
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