2015 AQHYA World Show

July 31-August 8, 2015
Oklahoma City

2013 Youth World

3-Year-Old Geldings

Ireland Cofrancesco wins her first gold trophy with Vincenzo Zini.

In 2006, AQHA Past President Peter J. Cofrancesco III showed Sheza Virtuous Lady to a world championship in amateur aged mares.

Seven years later, Peter’s daughter showed Sheza Virtuous Lady’s son to a world championship in youth 3-year-old geldings.

On August 3, Ireland Cofrancesco led Vincenzo Zini to her first world championship at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.

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“It feels amazing,” Ireland said. “When there were two of us left (on the wall), my horse trainer looked at me and started smiling. I had a feeling that I got a trophy and a buckle. When they called reserve (and I was the only one left), I was so happy. It was amazing.”

Ireland was happy to improve her performance from the 2012 Ford Youth World.

“Last year, I was fourth and that was good, but I really wanted to do better than I did last year,” she said. “So I did that, and that’s what I’m really happy about.”

“Vinnie” is special to the Cofrancesco family, Ireland said.

“We raised him,” Ireland said. “My dad showed his mom and won world champions with her. So he’s a homebred and he’s very special to all of us.”

The bay gelding is by Fabio Zini and out of Sheza Virtuous Lady by Statutory. In addition to Sheza Virtuous Lady’s amateur world championship, she was the reserve world champion in open aged mares in 2004, 2005 and 2006. She was reserve world champion in amateur aged mares in 2004 and 2005.

Fabio Zini is a 2003 bay stallion by Kids Classic Style and out of Seven S Pretty Lady by Seven S Zanaday. In 2007, he was world champion open performance stallion.

Vinnie’s next stop is the All American Quarter Horse Congress.

“The next year, we’re probably going to show him as an aged gelding,” Ireland said.

For the win, Vinnie won’t be receiving any special treats, Ireland said.

“He prefers alfalfa hay and lots of that,” she said.

Ireland, meanwhile, will be celebrating with her family before returning to the show ring August 4 to show an aged mare.

“I really want to thank my parents for traveling all the way from New Jersey and spending all this time with me and going to horse shows,” she said. “And I would really like to thank my horse trainer Mitch Leonarski for dealing with me and putting up with me and being there for me the entire time and then all my friends and family.”

Vincenzo Zini and Ireland Marie Cofrancesco

Ireland Cofrancesco shows her family's homebred gelding Vincenzo Zini to her first world championship. (Journal photo)