By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalApril 12, 2013
Carol Rose rides Lil Miss Shiney Chex at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show. The mare is the broodmare Carol plans to keep out of her August dispersal sale. (Journal photo)
Carol Rose is in good health.
When AQHA’s all-time leading breeder of performance horses announced April 8 that she will be selling all her horses, her phone started ringing with people concerned about her.
“I’m not sick,” she says in an exclusive interview with the Journal. “I’m healthy. I can’t feel any better. Some weeks, I ride every single day. Some weeks, I don’t have time to ride. I’m well. I have no problem with my employees. Everybody’s staying with me ’til the end. I lost my mother last year, and I don’t have the purpose and the drive that I had.”
Carol will be dispersing her herd August 15-17 at her ranch in Gainesville, Texas.
“I’m not retiring,” she says. “I’m going to keep one broodmare and a couple of riding horses, and I might keep one young stud that I’m raising that I love and I’ll send him somewhere to be trained. But I’m not going to raise horses. I’m not going to run this big place.”
The dispersal of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member’s herd will include all stallions, broodmares and prospects, headed by A Shiner Named Sioux (Shining Spark-Docs Sulena by Doc O’Lena). The 2006 stallion was the 2011 AQHA junior working cow horse world champion, the 2011 National Reining Horse Association Derby open co-reserve champion and the 2010 AQHA junior reining world champion. An earner of more than $152,000, A Shiner Named Sioux’s first foals arrived in 2011.
“We have such a program going and doing so good, it’s a hard time to walk away – but it’s never a good time,” Carol says.
Carol’s best-known stallion, Shining Spark, will stay with her.
“He won’t be sold,” she says. “He’ll just stay, and if I end up without a ranch, one of my best friends will keep him for me.”
Carol also plans to keep Lil Miss Shiney Chex, the 2002 sorrel mare Carol competed on in the finals of senior working cow horse at the 2008 AQHA World Championship Show. Lil Miss Shiney Chex is by Shining Spark and out of Lil Miss Smarty Chex by Smart Little Lena. She was reserve world champion in junior working cow horse in 2007 and reserve world champion in senior working cow horse in 2010 at the World Show. Through the National Reined Cow Horse Association, Lil Miss Shiney Chex has $93,246.18 in earnings and won the world title in open two-rein competition in 2008.
“Her 3-year-old stud by Peptoboonsmal, at this point in his life, is the very best prospect we’ve ever trained – ever,” Carol says. “I’m not going to say he’s the greatest horse we’ve ever trained because we don’t know what he’s going to do in the show ring, but as of April 10, 2013, he’s the best prospect we’ve ever trained.”
Carol plans to show at the National Reining Breeders Classic beginning April 14 in Katy, Texas. The ranch has kept her too busy to show much lately, she says.
“Best-case scenario is somebody would buy (A Shiner Named) ‘Sioux’ and most of his foals and some of the mares in foal and a couple of these young studs and let me stay involved,” she says.
Carol has bred earners of 49 AQHA world and reserve world championships, 13 AQHA national all-around championships, as well as earners of more than $3.4 million. An intense supporter of the AQHA Incentive Fund, Carol is the leader in all Incentive Fund categories: foals bred, nominated and owned; total money earned; and nominated sires’ earnings. Foals bred by Carol have earned more than 290 Registers of Merit, as well as 184 Superior awards in halter, cutting, tie-down roping, heading, heeling, reining, western riding, trail, western pleasure, barrel racing and working cow horse, plus more than 530 AQHA all-around titles.
“This (current crop) is the best group of young horses I’ve ever had, and they just keep getting better,” Carol says. “That’s what selective breeding does for us. I’m proud of what we have, and there would never be a good time to do this, but I’m a single 71-year-old woman and I just have to think of the future.”
No sale catalog is available yet, she says, but it will be posted online at www.carolrose.com.
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