by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark shows Attencion to the world championship in aged stallions November 23 for owners Scott and Kelly Trahan at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
Attention must be paid to the new world champion in aged stallions.
On November 23 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, led Attencion to the gold trophy.
“Scott and Kelly Trahan of Dallas, bought this horse about three weeks ago from Steve Robinson and Clark Rassi,” Ross said “This horse is really, really bred good. Scott bought him for a breeding horse for his ranch, Milan Quarter Horses, and I’ve always liked this horse since I saw him as a yearling.”
Attencion is a 2008 sorrel stallion by The Top Secret and out of Pretty Nifty Mister by Mr Conclusion. He was bred by Clark Rassi of Aubrey, Texas. His sire, The Top Secret, is a homebred for Clark, and Attencion makes the sixth open world champion for the 2001 sorrel stallion.
Attencion’s dam sire, Mr Conclusion, will be inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in March.
“His conformation is correct everywhere,” Ross said. “He has a real pretty head and neck. He’s correct in his feet and legs and has a lot of heart girth with a good back. There’s not a place where you could fault this horse, in my opinion.”
The lightly shown horse placed first on two judges’ cards and second on three judges’ cards to win the class.
“(The Trahans) bought him to cross on their mares and outside mares,” Ross said. “I think this will help him, being a world champion. That’s what they bought him for. I know he’ll be standing in 2014.”
Before the 2013 World Show began, Ross had led horses to 62 world championship in open competition, but this World Show had particular meaning for him.
“All of (the wins) are special, but this year my mom, Cheryl, passed away,” Ross said. “She’s been coming to the World Show since I’ve been showing, so it’s hard to come out of the arena and her not be here. In the years past, she’s always been here, but I know she’s watching and she’s with me.”
Ross’ exclusive interview with the Journal came as halter classes at the World Show concluded for the year.
“It’s (been) a competitive World Show,” Ross said. “It always is, and I feel fortunate that I was able to compete and have a good show. I thank my customers and the people who believe in me: my dad (Robert) back home, and my wife, Sharon, and Ezekiel Morales who works for me. We’ll start getting ready for next year starting tomorrow.”
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