by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
The judges gave Onlygoodtilmidnight and AQHA Professional Horseman and multiple world champion rider Gil Galyean three firsts and two seconds for the world championship in the 2-year-old snaffle bit western pleasure finals November 16 at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
A Slow Burn and Katy Jo Pickard, the All American Quarter Horse Congress Masters winner, won the reserve.
“She’s really a neat little horse,” Gil said of Onlygoodtilmidnight. “I was very lucky to get to show her.”
Fritz Leeman of Massillon, Ohio, bought the mare just after the Congress, and sent her home with Gil and his wife, Becky, to get ready for the World Show. Katy Jo had trained the mare previously.
“I’m very happy for Fritz…. (We’ve) had a long relationship with Fritz; he’s been in the industry probably 30 years. He’s been a great asset to our industry. And I’m happy to win a world championship for him. It really means a lot.”
Gil, a National Snaffle Bit Association Hall of Fame rider, said he’d been watching the solid little chestnut mare throughout the summer and early fall, and really admired her.
“I think (it's) her lope and her carriage, her expression (that are her best qualities),” Gil said. “She’s a real comfortable horse. You really feel her lift you up and set her feet. You hang up in the air, which is something I really like in a horse.
“She’s just real square through her body, and she pushes off her hind end but yet lays her front let out extremely well. That’s her strong point, no question.”
Gil’s not sure what the future looks like completely for her. The Leeman’s granddaughter, Katsy, will probably show her in non-pro events next summer. Right now, the plans are to “give her a good rest.”
“(Fritz) purchased the stallion that I was reserve here on last year in the 2-year-old (snaffle bit western pleasure), How Bout This Cowboy,” Gil said. “I’m sure the plans include breeding her to him and flushing some embryos.”
Gil Galyean and Onlygoodtilmidnight