September 24, 2011
Josh Weakly wins weanling fillies and stallions in the Breeders Cup Halter Futurity at the Iowa Futurity Extravaganza.
By Larri Jo Starkey
Josh Weakly of Shelbyville, Illinois, had a good day September 23. To be precise, he had a day worth $40,040.
In the first Breeders Cup Halter Futurity, Josh won the amateur weanling stallions and amateur weanling fillies class. Both those first places carried with them checks for $20,020.
The Iowa Futurity Extravaganza in Des Moines features the Iowa Quarter Horse Association’s own Breeders Futurity. New additions to the show bill this year were the Breeders Cup Halter Futurity and a World Conformation Association Halter Futurity.
The whole extravaganza started September 22 and will finish September 25 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
In the first Breeders Cup amateur weanling class, Josh led Raise Your Weapons, a stallion by My Intention and out of Players Heir by CRL Ima Cool Player. The April weanling was the youngest colt in the class.
“My horse trainers, (Andy and Kendall Staton of Shelbyville), found this colt with Donna Davis, whom we bought three babies from this year,” Josh said after his win. “This colt is a late colt. He wasn’t born until April. It was hard getting him ready to show but Andy and Kendall have done a great job, and I think he has a great future ahead of him.”
Donna Davis of Uniontown, Alabama, is a 10-year cumulative breeder. The weanling she bred is pointed toward the AQHA World Championship Show right now, Josh said, who added that he liked the colt from the start.
“He was just correct,” Josh said. “Just everything about him, his pretty head, his pretty back, pretty shoulder, pretty hock. It’s pretty well the complete package. He’s young and immature, but balanced, just a pretty nice colt.”
Josh was unable to talk long because he had to prepare a second weanling for the amateur mares class and his second win of the day.
Friendswithbenefits is by Fearles and out of Leas Secret by The Top Secret.
“Donna Davis raised this one, the same (breeder who) raised the colt,” Josh said. “She was born a little later. We actually bought her first and then went back later and bought the other two. She’s kinda always been my pick. Andy’s wife, Kendall — that was her colt, and this is my filly. There was a competition there, but both of them pulled out today and had a lot of success.”
A banquet that evening included prime rib for all, door prizes for a lucky few and the big checks for the winners, along with a promise that the Breeders Cup will return in 2012.
For more photos from the Iowa Futurity Extravaganza, watch the Journal slide show below. To view the captions, click on the photos.
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