by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle shows Coolestshowgirlntown to her third AQHA world championship. (Journal photo)
For some, world titles are few and far between. For Coolestshowgirlntown, they’re the plentiful fruit of a six-year show career.
Coolestshowgirlntown entered aged mares at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show with AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle of Wayne, Oklahoma; the two were up against a deep class that included Elusive Premonition, led by AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark, and Pizzazzy Lady, with Claude Hicks at the shank. Last week, Coolestshowgirlntown and Elusive Premonition squared off in amateur aged mares, where the latter took the gold with owner Josh Weakly of Shelbyville, Illinois; Coolestshowgirlntown garnered the reserve world championship with owner Kevin McCary’s wife, Shirley. And then there’s Pizzazzy Lady, who returned to the Jim Norick Arena to defend her string of open aged mares world titles, which she collected in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Led by Claude Hicks of Argyle, Texas, for owners Gary and Linda Gordon of Roanoke, Texas, 7-year-old Pizzazzy Lady was still a force to be reckoned with.
But so was Coolestshowgirlntown. By Playgirls Reflection and out of River City Showgirl by River City Renegade, the 6-year-old bay mare was bred by Luther and Cody Copeland of Morgan Mill, Texas.
“Bay-Lo,” as she’s known around the barn, started her winning ways back in 2007, when she captured the Built Ford Tough AQHYA yearling mare world championship. She took her first open win at the 2008 AQHA World Championship Show, where she won 2-year-old mares. Since then, she’s racked up several Select amateur reserve world championships – in 2009 and 2011 – plus an amateur reserve title in 2011.
Back in the Jim Norick November 15, though, Coolestshowgirlntown looked just as good as ever, if not better. The judges agreed, placing her first on three cards.
“She was very fit today, she looked very good in the pen,” owner Kevin McCary said in his Journal Winning Run interview. “We got a better spot today in the pen than we did in the amateur, and Luke did a very good job getting her shown today.”
Bay-Lo wasn’t the only horse Luke did a great job of getting shown – he also led Kevin’s weanling mare, Love Storry, to the winners circle.
“It was a pretty good day.” Kevin then clarified: “A blessed day is what it is.”
Kevin and Shirley are relatively new to halter horses – they have friend and business partner David Williams to thank for the horse show bug. Kevin and David own a company that sells diesel pickup trucks primarily via the Internet.
“I’ve been into it for 25 years,” David recalled of his horse-show hobby; he’s a Mansfield resident as well. “I got Kevin and his wife involved in it three years ago.”
Kevin added that horse showing consists of a perfect trifecta, and that’s what has kept them hooked: “The horses, the people, the competition – it’s a very unique competition, and we love the competition and love the horses.”