By: Brittany Bevis
This evening, our Equine Chronicle Congress Masters winner pulled out another impressive performance to be named the World Champion in 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure. Andy Cochran piloted Hay Goodlookn to a win for Capital Quarter Horses, LLC.
“Gus” is by Invitation Only and out of the multiple World and Congress Champion mare, Whatscookingoodlookn. This stallion is certainly striking with the pedigree and moves to match; but, for some reason, Andy feels more of a special attachment to this one than the others.
“He’s out of a great mare and by Invitation, who is now gone, and the Roberts family has built a farm and a great program. The way he looks right now, he could maybe be the next stud. Everything is in the looks for him to be that. You never know. But, boy he sure looks good now.”
“He was always really good-legged, and he just got stronger as the year went on. That’s why we held him. He has always been a real strong horse.”
Although the group hasn’t talked about what will come next for Gus, Andy is hopeful he will get to show him more in the future. “We will get home and regroup and see what the new year brings. Of course, I would love to show him more. Everyone wants to show a horse like that!”
It seems as if Gus has peaked at just the right time, delivering a ride tonight that rivaled his performance at the Congress. “Today was a ride like he practices. You get a couple of rides a year like that, and today he rode like he warms up. He was very good. His strength and his ears and the way he’s real fluid and connected is what makes him stand out to the judges. He matches. He’s not too big up front or behind. Overall, he’s just what you look for in a horse.”