by Jody ReynoldsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
After earning his second world championship of his 2012 AQHA World Championship Show experience, Frank Berris of Sparta, Michigan, had to take a moment to wipe the sweat from his brow.
“Anybody can lope one around a circle in that pen, but it takes real talent to pose one for an hour and a half,” he joked.
Frank had just spent that hour and a half in the World Show finals ring with 2-year-old gelding Boys N Toys and ended up first on four of the five judges cards. The duo outshined the 24-head finals to take the gold trophy and continue the gelding’s run of excellence.
“[AQHA Professional Horseman] Ross Roark had him perfect,” Frank said. “He’s easy to show. He’s really showy. I bought him last year and won the [All American Quarter Horse] Congress the last two years with him.”
This was Boys N Toys’ first World Show, and Frank is thrilled with his performance.
“There’s a lot of good horses, but this is a great horse,” he said.
Boys N Toys will be going to a new home soon, but Frank looks forward to watching him show in open 2-year-old geldings next week with Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas. Ross showed Boys N Toys to the 2012 All American Quarter Horse Congress grand championship.
“He’s going to a new owner next week,” Frank said. “It’s part of the business. I love AQHA, these are my friends. I sold him to a friend of mine who’s going to do good with him. He loves horses and loves to show them as much as I do. We’ll move on to something else. I’ll be rooting for [Boys N Toys] next week.
On November 5, Frank led 6-year-old mare CK Mardi Gras to the performance halter mares world championship, and he shows his gelding, Obviously OT, November 8, in amateur 3-year-old geldings. He will be trying to defend his 2011 title with Obviously OT.
After scooping up the grand championship at the Congress, Boys N Toys earns the amateur 2-year-old geldings world championship.