by Samantha EckertThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark leads Obviously OT to his second AQHA world title at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show in the 2-year-old geldings halter.
It was an obvious second win for Obviously OT. The 2009 gelding was first under two judges and placed in the top five on the remaining cards.
“It feels good,” Frank Berris says. “I enjoyed it very much, obviously, Obviously OT.”
Obviously OT was led by AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas. “Big” is owned by Frank of Spartra, Michigan, who won the amateur 2-year-old-geldings with him. Big is by Obviously The One and out of Steel Roses by Sonnys Securitee.
“I bought him a year ago at the Congress,” Frank says. “I wasn’t able to show at the World Show last year so Ross showed him in the open. He got third in the open last year. Then I showed him and got him qualified for this year. I showed him at the (All American Quarter Horse) Congress. I won the Congress with him. Then I showed him here last week and I was world champion with him in the amateur 2-year-old geldings. Now Ross has got another world champion for us. It’s a lot of fun; you can’t beat it.”
Big definitely earned his name in the 2-year-old geldings class November 17.
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“He is the sweetest horse,” Frank says. “For a big gelding like he is, he’s the easiest horse to show. His barn name is Big because he is big. He makes the other horses look like yearlings. When I showed him he never moved a muscle.”
This has been a tough year for Frank. He recently lost his father. But, his success this year has helped pull him through.
“I have to thank my dad,” Frank says. “I lost my dad a couple months ago. He’s up there helping me.”
Frank also wanted to thank his trainer, Ross.
“He takes care of all my halter horses,” Frank says. “He’s a great guy.
“And my wife, Lin,” Frank adds, “of course.”
Frank also led his performance halter mare, CK Mardi Gras, to a third-place finish. And Ross led her to a reserve champion finish in the open performance halter mares November 13.
“It’s fun,” Frank says. “It doesn’t get any better than that. I won four trophies and three buckles this year.”