by Laura StevensThe American Quarter Horse Journal
World champion Kids Cool Kid and Steven Jensen
At the last moment, Steven Jensen decided not to retire his 2006 chestnut stallion Kids Cool Kid. “We thought we’d retired him last year,” Steven explained.
After their win today in amateur aged stallions, it looks like that was a good decision.
The stallion is fresh off his win at the 2010 All American Quarter Horse Congress in open aged stallions with AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark. Steven and Kids Cool Kid were reserve Congress champions in amateur aged stallions.
Steven’s trainer is AQHA Professional Horseman Tom Robertson of Saline, Michigan, who Steven says has done “a phenomenal job” with the stallion. “He took the horse after we had been roping off of him, and put him back in condition and got him ready for this show.”
The duo was assisted by AQHA Professional Horsemen Ross Roark and Luke Castle, too. Steven also owns Kid Coolsified, the sire of Kids Cool Kid.
Steven and Kids Cool Kid won the amateur yearling world championship in 2007, but “it’s been very elusive for us to win again,” he explained. “So it was kind of nice. Our first year together and our final year together he has pulled it off!”
Going into the class, Steven admits he was nervous. “There were some other very, very nice stallions in the class,” he said. “So it was going to be a competition. It’s nice to come to the big show and actually win it again with him.”
Don’t limit this halter horse.
“There’s a chance he may come back next year as a performance stallion,” Steven said. “We’ve been roping off of him. I think it’s an interesting twist. You see halter horses becoming more performance oriented, which I think is great.”
Kids Cool Kid certainly enjoys his newest talent. “He loves it!” Steven said. “He loves having a job.”
The stallion still has lots to look forward to, like the success of his first offspring. Several of Kids Cool Kid’s first offspring will be showing at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
While Steven is looking forward to a good night’s sleep, Kids Cool Kid has something else to anticipate.
“I think he’s looking forward to going to the breeding barn!”