by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Rusty Green and Whatscookngoodlookin win the 2013 AQHA junior western pleasure world championship. (Journal photo)
Stepping up to a challenge is just the way Whatscookngoodlookin rolls.
For the last three years, she has been stepping up her open placings with Rusty Green of Pilot Point, Texas, in the saddle, and November 20, she was named world champion in junior western pleasure at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
“She’s just always been consistent. She won all the stuff as a 2-year-old and as a 3, and she just gets better and better,” Rusty said in his exclusive Journal interview. “When I showed her as a 3-year-old (in 2011), she was third, last year we were second and this year world champion. Every year, she gets better.”
Whatscookngoodlookin is a 2008 bay mare by A Good Machine and out of A Cooki For Certain by Certain Potential. She was bred by E-Z Farms Inc. of Lebanon, Tennessee, and is owned by Capital Quarter Horses of Edmond, Oklahoma, made up of Blair and Susan Roberts and their daughter, Hillary, who also shows “Candy.”
“She was world champion youth western pleasure horse (with Hillary) this year,” Rusty said. “She’s good to be around. We bought her from Kenny and Ashley Lakins of Ohio.”
During the junior western pleasure finals, the judges mixed up the gait calls, asking for two different extensions of the jog and a reverse at the jog before ever asking for a lope.
“That was fun,” Rusty said. “I like it when they change it up like that. It makes it fun, makes the horses better.”
Candy has $80,773.30 in National Snaffle Bit Association earnings, and during the past year, she has added western riding to her repertoire and will be showing in those preliminaries November 22 for the first time.
“After that, we’re ready for Hillary for next year,” he said.
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