2011 Select World
by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Thomas Scheckel of Bellevue, Iowa, won his first AQHA world championship at the 2011 Adequan Select World with his homebred weanling stallion Designed To B Clasik. Journal photo.
In 2010 alone, Thomas Scheckel had earned seven American Paint Horse Association world champions. But there’s one thing that the 10-year cumulative AQHA breeder had yet to accomplish – leading an American Quarter Horse to a world championship.
Until September 2 in the weanling stallions class at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
As sweet as his win was with Designed To B Clasik, Thomas was even prouder that the weanling is a product of his breeding program – he owns both “Clasik’s” sire, Kids Classic Style, and his dam, Ms Re Designed by He Is Re Designed.
“We breed our own mares, we A.I. our own mares. We don’t buy any of our babies to show – we raise them all.”
Thomas appreciates the quality of conformation that an American Quarter Horse offers.
“They’ve got a lot of conformation, quality and different colors,” the Bellevue, Iowa, native explained. “They’re really put together well.”
Weanlings aren’t the only age group of halter horses that Thomas shows, but he enjoys the challenge of them.
“They can either be good or they can be dynamite out there,” he said. “You can have the greatest colt, but if it doesn’t show, it’s not going to go very far.
“This colt really showed very well. Once I got him in a park, he stayed right there,” Thomas recalled. “He can get an attitude every once in a while, like every horse can. Weanlings are tough.”
But what does the future hold for Clasik?
“If somebody comes along with the right price, he’s got his whole life ahead of him – he’s double registered, you can use him as a stallion,” Thomas said. “He’s just going to get better as he matures. He’s just a little bit immature (right now), but he’s got all the good qualities.”