by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
RPL My Te Cheerful and Vernon Habighorst
It was an emotional morning November 13, at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
Vernon Habighorst of Phoenix claimed yet another world champion title in amateur aged geldings with RPL My Te Cheerful, aka “Henry.”
The gelding dwarfed the competition in the Jim Norick arena.
“He’s 1,550 pounds,” Vernon said with a chuckle.
The gelding is by Hear The Cheers and out of My Te Elusive by Telusive. The mare is where he inherited all of his size as she is over 16 hands.
“He’s a good horse; he’s a freak, but he’s a good horse,” Vern said.
Their win today marked a 15th world championship. Henry has had success in nearly every class that he has entered no matter the category. He's done well in open, amateur, youth and even select.
In 2012 alone, he was both a youth and amateur aged gelding world champion and was third in open aged geldings at the AQHA World Show.
“We bought him as an aged gelding,” Vernon said. “Our granddaughters, Kaylee and Monica, have each won one youth world championship with him. Our daughter in-law, Wendy, won an amateur world championship with him.”
They joked that their son, Jeff, is the only one who hasn’t won with him, so maybe it’s his turn.
When asked whether they would continue competing, both Vernon and wife Rita smiled at each other, and said that they would keep showing as long as they could.
Henry will also be shown in the open with his trainer in the hopes of securing a 16th world title.
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