Mega Fella and Carlton Leger of LaFayette, Louisiana, win the 2012 Select world championship in performance halter stallions.
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by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
It has been a dream 50 years in the making, or, as Carlton Leger of LaFayette, Louisiana, put it, “a dream of my life to win a gold trophy and walk out of there.”
An AQHA world championship trophy,that is, and specifically at the 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo.
He did it August 25 in performance halter stallions with Mega Fella, a 2004 palomino son of Mr Yella Fella and out of Save Room For Me by Make Room For Daddy.
“I showed (Mega Fella’s) full brother (Big Time Fella) four years ago and won reserve,” he said proudly. “I wanted to get the big trophy; I wanted to get the gold one.
“It means a lot to me and especially to my stepson, Brian (Causey of Columbia, Louisiana), who has had this horse in his family all its life. He was one of his first horses.”
Carlton got into showing horses about 50 years ago: “I used to work cattle, and I decided I was going to get into the performance arena, and got in and trained a few horses.”
He added: “We do this year-round as a family. I show a bit, my son (Carl Lege) shows, my grandkids show and my stepson and all his family show. We keep it a family deal.”
Mega Fella earned his performance Register of Merit in 2011; Carl earned points on him in breakaway roping, barrel racing and pole bending. Almost the entire family has shown the stallion in halter classes, including Carlton's wife, Joyce, and Carl's wife, Gerri.
Carlton’s granddaughter, Paige Lege, won a 2012 youth world championship in 2-year-old mares with Bita Nugget, a mare Carlton owns.
“They were all cheering me on, all my friends, in the stands. I didn’t realize that I had that many friends!” he laughed.
Carlton retired from his air conditioner contracting business, which Carl now runs.
“Now that I’m retired – and 75 years old – I decided that I needed to get something that was pretty easy like halter.” Even so, Carlton adds, “it’s tough getting one qualified anytime. The competition is tough out there.
“But I think the Select World is one of the best things that ever happened to AQHA. Because it gives us older people an opportunity to come and compete with people on our level."
As a Select exhibitor over 70 years old, Carlton also won a "Super Select" award, new to this year's Adequan Select World.
"I want to thank my stepson, Brian, for providing this horse and giving me an opportunity to win a world championship with (Mega Fella)," Carlton said. "I know it means a lot to him."