by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
FG Coco Chanel and Josh Weakly
Josh Weakly of Shelbyville, Illinois, is no newbie to the winners circle. And on November 14, he made another trip with weanling filly FG Coco Chanel.
The 2013 AQHA World Championship Show has already been a busy one for Josh. This morning, he competed with three different horses in three back-to-back classes. And, he still has more to come. But, he has a great support team that gets him “ready to rock ‘n' roll” for each class.
He has qualified in both amateur and open aged mares, 2-year-old mares, 2-year-old geldings, yearling mares and yearling geldings.
“It doesn’t get old," Josh said. "I’ve been very fortunate, I appreciate having good horses. Good judges and good competition, but it’s always nice to win."
The win in amateur weanling mares is a first for a filly that is sure to have a long and successful career.
The sorrel filly is by Image Of Kid and out of Shes Totally A Lady by Im Tee Totally Cool. The showman had nothing but great things to say about his show partner. While many weanlings struggle with the arena environment – the loud speakers, the flashing lights and the overall buzz of excitement – it didn’t seem to faze the young filly.
“We bought (her) in the middle of August from Gary and Linda Gordon. They raised her out of one of their studs. We thought she had a lot of potential, and she showed beautifully for me today. She’s very mature, very correct, just a nice overall filly.”
Horse showing is a family affair for the Weaklys. He and his wife, Kaleena, show together and she was there, ring-side, to encourage Josh throughout the long class.
“The halter horses are my deal. When we first got married, I don’t know how into it she was,” Josh laughed. “As it’s gone on, she’s even showed a few of them. We’ve had two in the same class before. She’ll pick one and I’ll show the other one. She showed the yearling filly that I showed yesterday at a futurity.”
The world champion couple is about to welcome their first child into the world. With such passion for the American Quarter Horse and showing in general, it seems likely that their son will continue the legacy.
“This year she’s pregnant, going to have a baby in January. We’ve got a lot to look forward to these next couple of months. We’re going to be busy.”
But, busy seems to be nothing new to the couple.
"I’d like to thank my team. My horse trainers do a good job. I’m very blessed. They pick the horses out for me, get them ready and get them to horse shows. I couldn’t do it without them. My wife is very supportive. I’m very fortunate.”
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