by Jody ReynoldsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Vicki Shawver and Intoxikating win aged geldings at the 2013 Adequan Select World. (Journal photo)
It’s a three-peat Select World win for Jack and Vicki Shawver of Olney, Illinois, and their 2006 sorrel gelding Intoxikating.
Vicki and “Toxi” bested a talented 27-head aged geldings class at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show to earn their third Select gold trophy in a row, with the son of A Phenomenal Clue and My Image Is Obvious by Image Of Kid.
The win is particularly rewarding for the Shawvers, as they do most of the work with their horses themselves.
“I’m so excited over this!” Vicki beamed. “I thank God for that horse. He’s awesome. He won here last year with me, and the year before with my husband. Last year in Oklahoma City (at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show), he won the (open) aged geldings class. He’s been so good for us. We’ve had an awesome year with him.”
The Shawvers credit AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney for coaching them with Toxi at shows throughout the year.
“I’m afraid I’m doing the wrong thing!” she confessed. “But Buddy has helped us at the shows and gives us a lot of guidance. He’s so good to let me try on my own. It’s really rewarding when you can keep them home, and then do something with them.”
She says Toxi’s longevity in the show pen is a result of great care, a lot of help from her family and a good home routine.
“He’s an easy horse to work,” Vicki explains. “I’ll work him two or three days a week, then I’ll turn him out a couple days. He’s so lovable and smart. Our grandkids love him. He’s so good to have around. The kids help us a lot, and we have good friends who help us.”
The Shawvers purchased Toxi when he was 2 after winning the yearling geldings world championship at the 2007 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
“We’ve had him for about four years,” Vicki explained. “We’re blessed to have that horse. Hopefully he stays in there and does good. If he acts like he can't take it any more, we won’t show him.”
The Shawvers have young horses coming up and four heading to the World Show this year. Plus, they’re hoping to get the grandkids showing Toxi.
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“That’s the ultimate – to get an aged gelding out there and do well, because it's so hard on them,” she said. “He’s good! As long as he can hang in there, we’ll keep showing him.”