All in Good Time

Meet an all-around amateur champion.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

In February 2003, Kaleena Weakly sold her all-around horse and began searching for a new one.

Childhood friend Brynne Bassler sent her a video of A Timely Promotion, and Kaleena decided to make the drive to Iowa to check out the 2001 gelding.

“She had looked at several horses and a lot of videos,” says Kaleena’s husband, Josh. “She was definitely on a limited budget, and we knew we had to buy something that was fairly young. She, her mom, one of her mom’s friends and I went down to look at this horse and he was as green as a gourd.”

But Kaleena had fallen in love with the striking bay by Promote This Chip and out of Peach Of A Time by Mr Mac Reynolds.

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“He was so pretty and such a wonderful mover, I could see he was a very good investment,” she recalls.

Kaleena and Josh bought the 2-year-old and took him to their home in Shelbyville, Illinois.

“I was going to keep him at home because I didn’t really think I was going to show that much, and I just wanted a horse to ride,” she says.

But the second day, “Peaches” got away from Kaleena and tore around the place.

“I told her, ‘That is it. We’ve got to do something with this thing,’” Josh says.

They called trainer Rusty Green and asked him to take the horse.

“He called us back after having Peaches and said, ‘He’s going to be a really cool pleasure horse,’” Kaleena says. “I’m like, ‘I just want a really nice moving all-around horse.’ I never wanted a pleasure horse.”

But that’s what Peaches became.

In September of his 2-year-old year, Kaleena showed the gelding at a Springfield, Illinois, weekend show, taking two firsts and one second and earning 10 points for his performance Registers of Merit. Rusty then took him to the 2003 AQHA World Championship Show.

“We decided to bring him home in his 3-year-old year, and he got hurt,” Josh says.

Peaches was sore, so Kaleena sent him for X-rays where it was discovered there were bone chips in one of his ankles.

“So we had those removed and the vet was like, ‘I don’t know if you’ll ever be able to show him again. We’ll have to see how he comes out of it,’” Kaleena says.

But by midsummer, Peaches was sound again, and he was sent to trainers Chris and Melissa Jones to continue his western pleasure career.

“The first show they took him to was the Reichert (Celebration) in August and then to the (All American Quarter Horse) Congress,” Kaleena said.

It was at the 2004 Congress that Peaches swept the open and limited division of the 3-year-old non-pro Western Pleasure Derby.

“For him to be hurt like he was and to come back and win as a 3-year-old at the Congress was incredible,” Kaleena says. “When I first bought him, all I wanted was for him to be broke and to have all the buttons. I just wanted to go and have a good ride on him, and then there we went and won the limited and the open non-pro.”

Kaleena continued to show Peaches in western pleasure in 2005. In 2006, she began to enter him in some all-around classes like showmanship, horsemanship and hunt seat equitation.

It was now time for Peaches to help fulfill Kaleena’s dream of being the AQHA Sooner Trailer High-Point All-Around Amateur.

Kaleena and Peaches won the 2007 all-around title with 511 points.

“What makes this win so cool is that I didn’t do it with a seasoned show horse,” she says. “We’ve been together every step of the way, and we did it together.”

Peaches’ best event is showmanship, Kaleena says. He earned 219.5 points in 2007 to take the high-point award. The gelding also excelled in performance halter and won the high-point title last year with 104.5 points.

“We conditioned him like a halter horse,” she said. “We gave him a bath and curried him three times a day. He looked really good.”

Peaches and Kaleena were also the 2007 reserve high-point champions in horsemanship and hunt seat equitation.

“It’s a lot of hard work and commitment and dedication,” she says.

Kaleena might even take up a new event: halter. And perhaps add another high-point title to her list of accomplishments.

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