by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Scott Carroll and Dirty Dollars win the AQHA amateur world championship in aged stallions.
Scott Carroll of Dunn, North Carolina, almost had his 2013 show season sidelined. He got his 2007 stallion Dirty Dollars qualified for the AQHA World Championship Show and was set to head to the Halter National Championship in Iowa, and then…
“Right before we went to Iowa I was in an accident with a tractor and broke my leg,” he told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “It was a struggle in Iowa. But we had a lot of help from the people there; they got me through it.”
The show allowed a ring steward to track Dollar for Scott. Then he handed off his crutches and showed the stallion: “He stood perfectly the whole time; we won both our classes.”
By the time World Show rolled around, his leg had healed faster than anyone thought, and Scott led the horse through the November 13 amateur aged stallions finals unassisted.
“It worked out well,” he said, and grinned. They won the world championship, a first for the both of them. Scott won the 2006 amateur reserve world championship in weanling mares with Breaking Silence.
“I’ve owned (Dollar) since he was 6 months old,” Scott said. “We bought him in Texas from Doug Tallent. We really thought he’d be a better aged horse and it’s worked out the way we thought it would.
“He’s the easiest horse I’ve ever had (to show).”
Scott’s wife, Jennifer, got him into showing horses: “I never had a horse as a child, never showed as a youth. And my wife has had horses her whole life.”
He added, “I enjoy my (horse show) friends and coming to the shows, especially the (All American Quarter Horse) Congress and the World Show. You see people you don’t get to see but just a couple times a year. I work so much at home; it’s nice to come see people from different parts of the country."
Scott works as a government contractor, handling roadside mowing for North Carolina. He and Jennifer have one daughter, Claire, who’s 6 and just started kindergarten. His parents, Stanley and Sandy, came to Oklahoma City to watch him show for the first time.
“I really want to thank (my trainer) Mitch Leonarski,” Scott said. “We’ve been showing with Mitch for eight or 10 years now. They are really good friends and do an excellent job at the horse show – he and his wife (Ann) – and I’ve really enjoyed showing with them.
“And my wife, for putting up with me!” he added. “(She tells me) I move around too much. I’m a fidgeter. I try to really concentrate to stand still. This horse shows himself, pretty much.”
Scott is headed home and back to work for now, but Dollar will stay in Oklahoma City to show in the open.
“It’s very exciting (to win); I’m very happy,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned I’m done! I don’t have anything else to prove!”
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