by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Raise Your Weapons’ stint as a gelding, so far, has been short-lived. But that didn’t stop the yearling from clinching the open title November 16 at the 2012 AQHA World Championship Show.
During Bank of America Amateur Week at the AQHA World Show, owner Josh Weakly led the chestnut to a silver trophy behind Under Cover Secret and owner Jack Shawver, the 2012 amateur yearling geldings world champions.
Come Friday morning, though, it was a different story when the yearling geldings swapped trophies in the open. During his Journal Winning Run interview, Josh, a renowned halter competitor from Shelbyville, Illinois, said Raise Your Weapons got lucky with the No. 1 draw.
“He went in first and drew that first hole and the horse showed good, and Ross did a good job,” Josh said of AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, who led Raise Your Weapons to the open title. “When you can get one out in that first hole, and they can look up in the stands and use their ears ,well, it sure helps. That was a good perk today.”
By My Intention and out of Players Heir by CRL Ima Cool Player, Raise Your Weapons was bred by Jess and Donna Davis of Uniontown, Alabama. As a weanling, Josh led Raise Your Weapons to a landmark win in the first Breeders Cup Halter Futurity, where they won amateur weanling stallions and a check for $20,020.
“We showed him last year there in Iowa and he won and did good out here at the World Show last year,” Josh recalled. “We knew the colt had a lot of future, and we qualified him actually as a stud and decided here a couple months ago to cut him.
“I don’t think he’s been gelded two months, but he’s a tough horse.” He added, “I don’t know that he’s realized it yet; he didn’t miss a lick.”
Raise Your Weapons is headed home with a new family after the World Show.
“Some people approached us last week after the amateur and we sold him to Cody Copeland’s people, the Ryans,” Josh shared. “One of their kids is going to show him next year in the youth.
“I think they were excited; I’m always glad that the new owners get to be excited about a win as well,” he added.
It’s been a successful World Show for the Weaklys, to say the least.
“We’ve won two and had a couple reserves and a couple thirds. Every horse but one has won a trophy, so we’ve been very blessed,” Josh said of his and wife Kaleena’s 2012 AQHA World Show success. “I had four (horses). I’ve got one left, and my wife’s got a 2-year-old to show Saturday in finals, so we’ll see.”
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AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark shows Josh Weakly's Raise Your Weapons to the yearling geldings world championship. (Journal photo)