by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
A Classic Edition and Luke Castle
Dan Fox of Chino, California, is quick to agree that the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show has been good for him, but his trophies have all been silver.
*In amateur performance halter stallions, he won a silver trophy with his 2006 chestnut stallion Intersection.*In performance halter stallions, Intersection was second again.*In amateur performance halter mares, his 2004 buckskin mare A Classic Edition was second.
But finally, in open performance halter mares, A Classic Edition scored the golden trophy for Dan.
“This has been an awesome week,” Dan said in his winning run interview with the Journal. “I’ve done great with my mare and my stud. We won today, so it’s been a great week.”
Dan led his horses during amateur week, but AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle had A Classic Edition’s shank during the open competition.
“It was as (nerve-wracking) as being in the ring with her,” Dan said. “It’s pretty tense. She won by one point. It was pretty close, so we didn’t know ‘til the very end whether we’d won or not. It was a lot of fun.”
During the five judges’ line-ups, “Cassie” moved up and down the placings, her light color making her easy to spot.
“She’s a 6-year-old,” Dan said. “She’s a buckskin, my favorite color, and I just had fun all year showing her. She’s good to show with. She’s a lot of fun.”
In addition to being an exhibitor under the guidance of AQHA Professional Horseman Jack Brizendine, Dan was a class sponsor.
“Some of the best fun I had was winning second with her in amateur and my kids handed me the trophy in the ring,” he said. “That was one of the best days I’ve ever had.”