By: Brittany Bevis
This evening’s classes at the 2018 AQHA World Show crowned several World Champions in a variety of disciplines. First, Ted Turner led Mytsely to win yet another World Championship title in Performance Halter Geldings.
This is Mytsely’s lucky number 13th World Championship title. The 8-year-old gelding has earned his many accolades in a wide variety of age divisions, including youth, amateur, and open. At the AQHA Youth World Show this year, we chatted with Cooper Dobbs, when he won his third title in a row with “Sly.” Then, at the Select World Show this summer, owner, Vickie Strickland, led Sly to a win just months after hip surgery. Cooper’s mother, Johnna, will show Sly in the amateur division next week.
Despite his many titles, Vickie says Sly has never been unanimous, until today. “Ted was excited about that, and he loves this horse. Every time he goes in the arena, with anybody, he gets stuff done.”
Sly’s performance class is Barrel Racing, and he did compete in both Senior Barrel Racing and Amateur Barrel Racing with Travis Dobbs. “When he was coming out of the chute after his Halter class, he was bouncing around. He was thinking, ‘Where are those barrels?'”
The Reserve Champion in the class was Randy Jacobs with Dinnero. Third was Ross Roark with The Debonair Kid.
Gretchen Mathes led Figured I’m Invited to win Performance Halter Stallions for Marie-France D’Hondt of Belgium. Gretchen purchased “Ray Jay” for a customer in the spring of this year. Initially, Gretchen’s partner, Gene Spagnola, wanted to geld him.
“Gene was going to geld him, but he wanted to take him to Arizona, so he didn’t want to geld him right away. I said, ‘Why would you geld a horse with a disposition like that? You don’t even know he’s a stallion.’ So, off they went to Arizona and Las Vegas. Torey Roderick spied him and loved him. She got her customer to buy him. I was so pleased, because she wanted to keep him a stud.”
Gretchen thinks Ray Jay’s appeal as a stallion comes down to his balance, eye appeal, and personality. “I think he’s pretty and balanced. He does have pretty, straight legs and structure. I like his kind eye and intelligence. He’s not a bully. He’s smart and sensitive.”