Ima Regal Choice Named Open Supreme Champion

Stallion becomes the 51st horse to earn versatility honor.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Open Supreme Champion Ima Regal Choice. PHOTO: Jeff Kirkbride Photography

Another horse has conquered AQHA’s ultimate test of versatility.

Ima Regal Choice is the 51st horse in the history of AQHA to become an open Supreme Champion, the rarest recognition possible through AQHA.

The 2007 sorrel stallion is by A Regal Choice and out of Ima Lark by Moon Lark. He was bred by Eduardo Cornelio Caballero of Mexico, and is owned by Michael Smith of Berwick, Louisiana. 

His sire is a Grade 1-winning son of First Down Dash, who has sired the earners of more than $5.5 million. His dam is a Grade 1-placed stakes winner who contested the 1992 Champion of Champions (G1). He was purchased for $6,500 as a yearling at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale.

Ima Regal Choice made 12 starts on the racetrack with three wins and earnings of $29,359 before heading to the show pen where he earned points in performance halter stallions, team roping-heading and jumping.

Ima Regal Choice completed his show training under the guidance of AQHA Professional Horseman and Team Wrangler member Bobby Lewis of Overbrook, Oklahoma, and AQHA Professional Horseman Jerry Erickson of Sanger, Texas.

The open Supreme Champion title encompasses the versatility and athleticism of the American Quarter Horse. The title requires a horse to have raced and achieved a speed index of at least 90 twice. The horse must also earn at least 40 points in halter and performance classes at five or more AQHA shows, including two grand champion titles. 

Before Ima Regal Choice, the most recent open Supreme Champions were Gotta Good Habit and Fly The Red Eye in 2013 and Cartel Caliente in 2010.

Ima Regal Choice will be featured in the February issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

Learn more about the open Supreme Champion title and other AQHA recognitions at www.aqha.com/awards.

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