by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle leads Aadvantage to the 2011 weanling stallions world championship. (Journal photo)
“This is a big win for me,” AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle says immediately after walking out of the Jim Norick Arena, leading his new world champion weanling stallion, Aadvantage.
“You know, of all the horses I’ve ever shown, he’s one of my favorites,” Luke continues. “I own part of him; I found him when he was a baby. (He’s) just a great colt to work with – good-minded, good-legged, does everything you want to be successful. I couldn’t be more happy with the colt and the way he’s turned out.”
Luke bought the colt from Terry Bradshaw in Thackerville, Oklahoma; the colt was 3 1/2 months old.
“We won at the (Iowa Futurity Extravaganza) with him, and he’s a later colt, too,” Luke adds. “To go win a big class like this of tough colts, to come through is really, really big.”
By CK Kid and out of the Major JD Parker (by Tee Jay Roman) mare Consent To Arms, the colt’s third dam is multiple world champion Causin Confusion (by Mr Conclusion).
Looking at young prospects, Luke says the first thing to look at is overall structure.
“(This colt) is great, one of the best I’ve seen with that. He’s great-legged. And he’s got a ton of muscle … You know, I see ones like this just every so often. He’s a special individual.”
Luke now owns the horse in partnership with longtime clients Kevin and Shirley McCary and Dave Williams – the plan is to continue showing him and to promote him as a stallion.
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“I think he’s got a tremendous future,” Luke says. “This colt’s got a great mother and a great father, everything is setting good on him.”
But for now, he’s headed back to Luke and wife Abbi’s Castle Ranch in Wayne, Oklahoma, for a long break.
“He’s done a whole lot going to these futurities (and the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show),” Luke says. “We probably won’t show him again until the middle of the year, give him some time off and get him ready for next year.”
He adds with a smile, “I really want to thank my crew at the barn and my wife, Abbi. (A win like this) is a group effort.”