by Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark shows Its Gameday to the yearling geldings world title at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show for owner Frank G. Berris of Sparta, Michigan. (Journal photo)
There was a definite consensus about Its Gameday at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. That popular opinion earned the bay yearling gelding world champion honors in both the amateur and open halter pens.
During Bank of America Amateur Week, owner Frank G. Berris of Sparta, Michigan, led Its Gameday to the amateur yearling geldings win. Then on November 22, AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, took the shank and led the sculpted bay gelding to a first-place finish under all five judges cards.
“He looked fabulous: I thought he was the winner under all five judges!” Frank told the Journal with a chuckle. “But when the class has 12 or less (horses in it), the judges surprise you.
“There were a lot of good horses out there, though. I just felt he was the winner, and he just looked like a winner.”
Bred by John and Gail Muirhead of Camrose, Alberta, Its Gameday is by Mr Touchdown Kid and out of JGM Sierras Sequel by Playgirls Reflection, a son of Playgirls Conclusion. Interestingly, Frank’s other 2013 world champion, aged mare Exceptional Playgirl, traces back to Playgirls Conclusion on her bottom-side as well.
“Last year I came and won a number of trophies, and this year I got the Triple Crown with two horses!” Frank laughed.
During the 2012 AQHA World Show, Frank sold world champion mare CK Mardi Gras and gelding Boys N Toys.
At that same show, Frank jumped at the chance to purchase Its Gameday, who was fresh off amateur and open weanling colts wins at the 2012 All American Quarter Horse Congress Congress, plus an amateur weanling colts reserve world title with Laura Young Moseley of Florence, Alabama. Under Frank’s ownership, Its Gameday scored his first world championship, led to the weanling colts win by AQHA Professional Horseman Randy Jacobs of Dover, Ohio.
Since his 2012 world championship, Its Gameday has lived with Ross in Texas.
“He does a fabulous job fitting and showing,” Frank said of Ross. “We took Its Gameday to the Congress this year: I won the Congress amateur under all four judges and Ross came back and won the open yearling geldings under all four judges.
“He was the only horse to do that at the Congress – to win both open and amateur under all judges.”
Even more unbelievable to Frank is what the bay gelding has accomplished at this year’s World Show.
“I won the amateur with him, and now today we won under all five judges,” Frank said. “You don’t hear that too often at the World.
“I’m just so proud of Ross and the horse.” And he added with a laugh, “I love that horse!”