by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Charlie Cole drives Hot Ones Only to his eighth world championship. (Journal photo)
Hot Ones Only put the cherry on his career November 16.
For the third year, “Bruno’s” name was called for the world championship in junior pleasure driving.
AQHA Professional Horseman Charlie Cole was at the reins for the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show, pushing the stallion to eight gold trophies in his grab bag.
“He was really good,” Charlie says. “My park gait felt good at the beginning. My first road gait was really good, and when I finished my first road gait and came back to park gait, I thought, ‘This is going to go well,’ because he just tried really hard. My second direction was just like my first direction, so I was really happy with him.”
Bruno is a 2006 bay stallion by Invitation Only and out of Hot Shot Hit (TB) by Evansville Slew. He was bred by David D. James of Wayne, Oklahoma, and has spent most of his life at HighPoint Performance Horses in Pilot Point, Texas, according to owner Tammy Dyer of Cornelius, North Carolina.
“He’s done everything we could ever have hoped from him,” she says. “And to have raised him, too, that makes him special, because they’ve been part of his life since Day 1. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Bruno has never lost a World Show class he has been entered in, Tammy says, which added pressure to the 2011 class.
“I was pacing, couldn’t sit still,” she says. “There was a lot riding on this. He’s always been undefeated at the World Show, and I didn’t want to lose that, and now this makes him the all-time winningest stallion in AQHA history, so we’re very proud of that, especially as a 5-year-old.”
Bruno’s titles are:2011 world champion in junior pleasure driving2010 world champion in amateur hunter under saddle2010 world champion in amateur pleasure driving2010 world champion in junior pleasure driving2009 world champion in amateur hunter under saddle2009 world champion in amateur pleasure driving2009 world champion in junior hunter under saddle2009 world champion in junior pleasure driving
“He’s got a great look about him in the arena,” Charlie says. “He’s got a huge road gait and a really nice park gait. I just got both out of him (today). It was a good drive.”
Hot Ones Only has already been busy in the breeding barn, and HighPoint and Tammy are looking forward to starting his first foal crop.
“His babies have been really good,” Charlie says. “We have some (coming) 2-year-olds this year, and they look really good, so that’s probably the next part of his life.”
Bruno will receive some celebratory treats for his win.
“Peppermints!” Tammy says. “He gets them every day, no matter what.”
“He’s spoiled,” Charlie adds. “They’re all spoiled at my barn, but he loves his peppermints. He’ll be looking for one as soon as I go back.”
Hot Ones Only is the stallion with the most world championships at eight. Vital Signs Are Good is the mare with the most world championships at 10, and Acadamosby Award is the gelding with the most world championships at 15. All three have been associated with HighPoint Performance Horses.