by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Flawles and AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark
Sometimes the best things in life are the ones that show up unexpectedly.
This is exactly what happened to Harold and Angela Ryan after a visit with friends Jim and Georgia Snow.
Angela fell in love with the filly that, unbeknownst to her, would shortly become a world champion.
The filly, bred by the Snows, is by My Intention and out of Imagine Me In First by Image Of Kid and won her first world championship in weanling halter fillies on November 21 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
The horsemen from Tomball, Texas, were visiting the Snow’s when they saw the filly for the first time.
“Actually, we weren’t going to buy a baby this year,” Angela told the Journal. “I saw her at 2 1/2 weeks of age and told my husband, 'That’s the filly I want.' ”
Her name comes from Angela’s first impression of the young mare. She couldn’t find any flaw with her, not one hole, and she even has a great mind.
“When I first saw the filly, we walked in and I took one look at her and I couldn’t fault her anywhere,” Angela said, beaming. “She’s very quiet, a very good-minded filly, she doesn’t care when she comes to the show. She acts like she’s been doing it forever.”
The filly has already had both experience and success as a halter horse.
This year, she was shown at the Breeder’s Futurity, Iowa Futurity, the National Halter Futurity in Iowa (where she won) and now the AQHA World Show.
Last week, Flawles was the reserve world champion in the amateur weanling mares class with Angela.
“She was a little tired in the amateur,” Angela explained. “But, she still held her own pretty well. If we would’ve placed a little higher under one judge, it would’ve flipped us – it’s OK.”
Angela still seemed pleased with the outcome of this show.
Flawles will have a busy show schedule next year. Angela plans to continue to show her in the amateur, her grandson will show her in the youth, her husband in the Select division and AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark in the open.
The filly will remain with Ross, where she has been in training since she was weaned.
“She has nowhere to go but up,” Angela said. “She’s got a lot of growing to do. We’re going to let her go home and mature.”
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