by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark led Top Lady Secret to the 2-year-old mares world championship for owner and breeder J. Baxter Brinkman of Dallas, Texas. (Journal photo)
Leading Top Lady Secret into 2-year-old mares at the AQHA World Championship Show secured AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark’s fourth gold trophy at the 2011 event.
The 2009 sorrel mare by The Top Secret and out of Be A Conclusive Lady by Sonnys Securitee isn’t the only horse to have brought home a trophy for owner and breeder J. Baxter Brinkmann of Dallas. On November 17, Ross led Heza Secret Agent to the reserve world championship in 2-year-old stallions for J. Baxter.
“(She’s) out of a great mother,” J. Baxter says of Top Lady Secret. “We’ve had her (dam) at the ranch the whole time, and just a couple years ago, we went over and bred her to 'Top Secret.' ”
J. Baxter liked the cross between The Top Secret and Be A Conclusive Lady – Top Lady Secret has two full siblings.
“This (mare) is the first cross between those, but we have a lot of Top Secrets,” J. Baxter explains. “He does well (as a sire), in fact Heza Secret Agent, who was our reserve world champion here in (2-year-old) stallions, is a Top Secret.”
Two-year-old mares was certainly a tough class on November 18, but Top Lady Secret certainly held her own.
“She’s just great – great disposition, everything. The name fits her well,” J. Baxter says with a smile. “She looked good. It was tough competition, though, with all those mares.”
For the last several months, the mare has been with Ross: “He does the best job of anyone,” J. Baxter says.
J. Baxter is also known for raising another kind of American Quarter Horse - the fast kind. He has owned such mares as Dashingly, 1983 world champion racing American Quarter Horse, and Viking Anne, 2006 AQHA Dam of Distinction.
“We will be back probably with (Top Lady Secret) again next year,” he says of his halter world champion's future. “But, you know, we’ll probably be taking some embryos and breeding again.
“It’s been a great show, though, especially with her and the (2-year-old) stallion.”