by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Dan Fox was already more than happy with his 2012 AQHA World Championship Show experience. For one thing, he led his stallion, Intersection, to the amateur world championship in performance halter stallions; and he won reserve in amateur performance halter mares with A Classic Edition.
So watching AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark lead Intersection, aka “Scooter” – the first halter horse Dan ever bought – into the same class in the open, Dan knew that anything the horse walked out with would be icing on the cake.
And the gold trophy was certainly that.
“It’s awesome! All five judges unanimous, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Dan said in his Journal Winning Run interview.
“It’s four years showing him (now); he’s my first halter horse. And we’ve had some ups and downs with him, but he comes through like a trooper. He gets better with time.”
He added: “My trainer, (AQHA Professional Horseman) Jack Brizendine, he did a great job of getting him ready for this show and (All American Quarter Horse) Congress, and all year long.”
Dan said it’s easy to show Scooter in several events; the stallion moves easily from the halter pen to the performance arena.
“We ride him six days a week, and that’s why he stays so fit,” Dan said. “He loves being ridden and (being given) a job to do other than just straight halter. He’s one of those individual horses who are really athletic. He just shines when he’s got a saddle on him and in the ring without it. He likes being ridden.”
His World Show success has been a fitting cap for a great show year, Dan says. Highlights include Scooter winning amateur performance halter stallions and A Classic Edition winning amateur performance halter mares at Congress. The mare also earned an AQHA Champion award in July.
“We did well (at the Oregon Summer Classic),” Dan added. “We did quite a bit of roping with both of them this year. In ranch pleasure, Scooter got 22 points, and he was leading the high-point for six months. He did five events this year.
“It’s been awesome, we’ve had a really good time. It’s been a lot of fun.”
And he added with a smile: “I’d like to thank my family for putting up with me being gone a lot.”
As far as what the plans are for 2013, Dan is not sure.
“It’s kind of up in the air. I’m looking at maybe showing him and trying to win the high-point in ranch pleasure and then bring him back here and showing him in ranch pleasure at the World (Show). …
“He’s got a great trot, lope, and the lead change is really good on him, so we’ll see what we do there.”
The show day wasn't over yet for Dan – A Classic Edition was scheduled to be in open performance halter mares.
Intersection and AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark win the open performance halter stallions world championship. (Journal photo)