November 18, 2013
By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
A Classic Edition earned more than 1,000 points in halter and performance events before her retirement November 18 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
On November 18, A Classic Edition walked out of her last AQHA class.
The buckskin mare with 1,010 points has earned five world championships for the Fox family, including her most recent win November 11 in amateur performance halter mares with Katie Fox.
“It’s hard to retire her,” said Dan Fox of Chino Hills, California, who has owned the mare since 2010. “We’re going to raise babies. “
A Classic Edition was foaled in 2004, a daughter of Kids Classic Style and Cooleah by Ima Cool Skip. She was bred by Michael and Sandra Ellis of Neenah, Wisconsin.
“Cassie’s” first world championship was in 2006 as a 2-year-old at the Youth World Championship Show. Her next world championship was in 2009 in open performance halter mares with AQHA Professional Horseman Joey Shortino of Lutz, Florida. Her last class was open performance halter mares, where she was reserve world champion.
“I want to thank Joey Shortino,” Dan said in an exclusive Journal interview at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. “He did a whole bunch on her before I ever got her. He’s the one who broke her to ride. I want to thank him for that.”
In addition to her halter and performance halter points, Cassie has points in heading, heeling and ranch pleasure. In 2010, she was world champion performance halter mare in open and youth. She earned her open AQHA Champion title in July 2012.
For the last few years, Cassie has alternated time between AQHA Professional Horseman Jack Brizendine of Lincoln, California, who fits her for halter, and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates, who ropes on her. Dan's happy about one aspect of the mare's retirement: Now he'll get to see her every day.
“I really wanted five world championships, and she has five now,” Dan said. “She’s going to retire to Chino Hills at my place. I’ll be able to say hello every morning with her peppermint treats.”