by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
A former world champion earned another gold trophy November 17 at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show.
Secrets of A Legend, owned by Filemon Acoltzi Nava of Mexico, was first on four of the five judges’ cards.
“Class and presence, end of story,” said trainer Ted Turner Jr. of Aubrey, Texas, who fitted the horse and led him to his world championship. “He’s got all the class in the world and all the presence in the world. He’s very pretty, gorgeous head, very correct, but he’s got that class and presence that’s what you want in a show horse.”
The 2010 chestnut stallion is by I Gotta Cool Secret and out of RGD Cant Touch Me by Time To Touch. He was bred by Roger and Debbie Graham of Lebanon, Tennessee.
In 2011, he was world champion at the Adequan Select World Championship Show with former owner Judy Jordan of Crossroads, Texas.
A month later, Ted hauled the stallion to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Breeders Halter Futurity where Filemon bought him.
Secrets Of A Legend was third in open yearling stallions at the 2011 World Show with Ted for Filemon.
“He hasn’t been shown a whole lot,” Ted said. “We just got him prepared to show here, and we’re very fortunate to win.”
As Ted spoke with the Journal for the Winning Run interview, he hadn’t yet had a chance to tell Filemon about his new trophy, and Secrets Of A Legend’s future hasn’t been decided yet.
“We haven’t really talked about it,” Ted said. “I only see them about once a year. The only way we communicate is by email.”
For Ted, the end of the World Show on November 17 is just the start of the 2013 show season.
“We’re very glad it’s over and we’ll get ready for next year,” he said. “(We) start all over tomorrow. It’s a whole new happening.”
Ted Turner Jr. leads Secrets Of A Legend to the world championship in 2-year-old stallions November 16. (Journal photo)