by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark led Kids Cool Kid to the world championship in aged stallions November 20 at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
Owned by Steve and Kelli Jensen of Freeland, Michigan, Steve led the horse to the amateur title November 10.
“He’s a neat, neat horse,” said AQHA Professional Horseman Tom Robertson of Saline, Michigan. Tom and his wife, Mary, fit the horse for the Jensens. “He’s done it all already, he’s been a world champion, this is his third title. He’s easy-going; he’s just a gem to have around. I’d really like to thank Steve and Kelli Jensen for giving us the opportunity to have this horse. They’ve got a great horse.”
The Jensens purchased the stallion in the summer of 2007, his yearling year, and he won the amateur yearling stallions world championship, taking reserve in the open. In 2008, he was amateur reserve world champion 2-year-old stallion. He is by the Jensens’ stallion Kid Coolsified.
What are the plans for him now?
“Go to the riding arena, it sounds like,” Tom said. “We’re going to try to get some points on him. He’s broke already, so we’re going to … take him back home and take some weight off him and start riding.
“We’re not sure (in what), we might do the roping or the reining. He’s pretty versatile, he’s a short-coupled, good little athlete.”
“And good-minded,” Mary added.
“This is what you work for all year,” Tom said of winning a world championship. “It’s the cream on top of everything. It’s just a blessing to have horses of this caliber and get the chance to compete at this level.”
“You just have to hope that everything goes right in getting them here and that they don’t get hurt or get sick,” Mary said. “When all the stars are aligned, maybe it’ll happen.”
Tom added extra thanks to his crew at home and at the Jensens’: “(There are) a lot of people who are involved with this horse and make it happen.”
Kids Cool Kid and Ross Roark