The industry’s elite Halter horses and handlers gathered this past weekend in Des Moines, Iowa for the premier Breeders Halter Futurity and National Halter Championship, which awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars, beautiful bronze trophies, golden globes, and even the year’s use of two horse trailers to a few lucky competitors. Charged with the tough task of determining the winners were judges Chip Knost, John Boxell, Steve Cruse, Mark DeFreece, Jeffrey Pait, Jerri Harmon, Debbie Kail, Keith Longacre, John Shepard, and Bruce Walquist.
Like in the past, in order for horses to be eligible to compete in the classes, they must have been sired by either one of the Amateur or Open division stallions.
Amateur Stallions: The Amazing Gunslinger, Heza Secret Agent, Grandslam Touchdown, The Home Run Kid, My Intention, Fearles, Ikon, PTMA Star Kid, Kid Coolsified, Secret Gunfighter, and Telesecret.
Open Stallions: Acoolest Touchdown, Goldin Casanova, Kidslookin Touchable, Apirates Life For Me, Grandslam Touchdown, Livation, Attencion, Hear The Cheers, Mr Elusive, A Zhivago, He’s Stylin, Mr Touchdown Kid, BRTSendingMyRegards, Hez N Command, My Intention, Cheer For Mocca, IEM The One, PF Premo, Chromed Up, I Gotta Cool Secret, PTMA Star Kid, CK Kid, Ikon, Rumerz, Im Employed, Classically, Secret Gunfighter, Cool Eternity, Im Tee Totally Cool, Suchan Ego, Ecredible, Im The Secret, Telasecret, Entrepreneurs Touch, Image Of Kid, Telling, Exact, Image Matters, The Amazing Gunslinger, Fearles, Intensions, The Home Run Kid, FG A Tru Fella, JCG Avenger, Very Cool, Forty Five Caliber, JF Skip N Style, Kid Coolsified, and Gianni.
When the final points were tallied, it was determined that amateur competitor Joy Stehney was the High Point Exhibitor and Kim Anding was the Reserve High Point. Thanks to the generosity of Gary and Tammy Raak, Twin Cities Featherlite, and Twin Cities South Trailers, both ladies received one year’s use of a horse trailer!
Other big winners included the BHF Two-Year-Old Amateur Champion of Champions, Rose Bode with Got My Sass On, by My Intention and out of Fashions By Telusive. The BHF Two-Year-Old Open Champion of Champions was Luke Castle with Solaris, by Sirprizerized and out of Coolestshowgirlintown. The stallion is owned by Luke and Abbi Castle.
During the National Halter Championship, the Grand Champion Amateur Gelding team was Robin Robinett with Ikon Scores, by Ikon and out of Touch Me Rosie. The Grand Champion Amateur Mare team was Lea Ann Koch with Fearles Playmate, by Fearles and out of Playgirls Playmate. The Grand Champion Amateur Stallion team was Robert Eurez with Best Kept Secrete.
In the Open division, the Grand Champion Open Gelding team was Jason Smith with Hey Coach, by Acoolest Touchdown and out of Im About Class. The Grand Champion Open Stallionteam was Ted Turner/Ententions, by My Intention and out of Obviously Elated.
By: Brittany Bevis/Equine Chronicle