by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
On Record and Bill Ellis
On Record picked up his sixth world championship November 16, his second of the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show, while defending his title in senior hunter hack.
With trainer Bill Ellis in the irons for the Kaplow family of Chappaqua, New York, On Record worked easily over fences before moving smoothly to the rail work.
“He was great (over fences),” Bill said. “I couldn’t really ask him to be any better. He’s great on the rail. I’m not as used to the rail work as some of the riders, so that’s even a little more difficult for me than the jumping part, but he was great. He was very good.”
Earlier in the week, On Record won senior working hunter with Bill’s partner, David Connors. The 2002 chestnut gelding won both classes at the 2009 World Show as well as the 2006 junior working hunter class and the 2007 junior working hunter class. He has earned more than $14,000 at World Shows and almost $6,000 in National Snaffle Bit Association competition.
His classic, smooth jumping style has been a hit with judges at AQHA shows and United States Equestrian Federation shows.
“A couple of years ago, he was circuit champion in Ocala (Florida), for the HITS circuit, so he’s been very successful in that world also,” Bill said. “I think a lot of it goes back to his breeding. He’s out of a Superhorse mare, and she was very good over fences and by Artful Move, so it goes back to the breeding. It shows through to make him a special horse.”
On Record’s personality has made him a favorite with the Kaplow family.
“He really is just a sweet horse to be around 24/7, around the barn and the stall,” Bill said. “The Kaplows have him at home at their barn in Chappaqua and take care of him a lot of the time, and he’s easy for them to deal with.”
No plans have been made for next year – everyone is still celebrating this year’s win – but Bill would like to return to the World Show with the horse.
“He’s only 8 years old,” he said. “It would be nice to come back and defend it next year.”