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November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur 2-Year-Old Geldings

Do-it-yourselfer Kyle Railey wins his first world championship in halter.

Sacreds Desperaddi and Kyle Railey

Kyle Railey shows Sacreds Desperaddi on November 13 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)

Kyle Railey of Cragford, Alabama, doesn’t sleep much.

But he has a world championship trophy to show for it.

Kyle juggles community college, a full-time job as a vet tech and the full-time chore of fitting a halter horse into his daily schedule.

That work paid off November 13 as he and Sacreds Desperaddi were named world champions in amateur 2-year-old geldings at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.

“We bought him from Buddy and Jennifer Laney back in February,” Kyle said in his exclusive Journal interview. “He’s out of the great mare Sacred and by a young stud, Desperaddi, that Buddy and Jennifer own.”

Sacreds Desperaddi is a 2011 sorrel gelding by Desperaddi and out of Sacred by Noble Tradition. He was bred by Frieda M. Rogers Roen of Knights Ferry, California.

“He’s a cool horse,” Kyle said. “He’s put together really good. He looks like his mama, so that’s one thing I like about him. He has a pretty neck that ties in good, and he’s just an all-around good show horse.”

“Henry” has a different sort of personality, Kyle said.

“He’s different,” he said, “but overall he’s a really nice horse.”

Kyle got started showing about eight years ago, and when he’s at shows, he gets advice on fitting from AQHA Professional Horseman Ronald Stratton of Blountville, Tennessee.

“I just started at open shows and went from there, and it’s been a ride ever since,” Kyle said. “There’s so much fun about (halter). I also do all-around, but halter has always been my thing.”

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