by Jody ReynoldsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
After a lengthy class of 21 amateur aged halter mares, Josh Weakly said exhibitors were laughing as they waited for the official results to be announced.
Each of the five judges had picked a different winner.
“It was kinda funny because we really didn’t know for sure who was going to win out there,” he said.
He knew he had a chance at a big score, because his mare, Elusive Premonition, had taken the open reserve All American Quarter Horse Congress grand championship in October.
“You just try to get them to show as long as you can,” he said. “With five judges out there, there’s always someone looking at you. So being a good show horse is a big part of it; getting one that uses their ears and will stand and do their job.
“Luckily, today she did,” he continued.The mare ended up with one first, two seconds and three thirds.
Josh and “Whitney” took home the amateur aged mares world championship, and he celebrated with his friendly rival, Shirley McCary, who took the reserve with Coolestshowgirlntown. Shirley and her mare took the open Congress grand championship in October.
“We’re good friends and we’ve shown together a lot and had horses with the same horse trainer,” Josh said. “She’s a great competitor and has always had great horses. That’s a nice mare. The mare is sure not something I’d have been sad to get beaten by. Luckily today, I beat her. It’s all good, though. We’re very excited, and she’s very happy, too.”
Josh's wife, Kaleena Weakly, is an all-around amateur contender and showed her 2006 sorrel mare Hours Yours And Mine in four amateur events.
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Josh Weakly presents Elusive Premonition in the amateur aged mares class. (Journal photo)