Fred & Glenna Hawkesworth and G Paulman and Sudden On The Rocks
1) When and where did you first see your roan, how did you end up with him as yours, and how long have you owned your roan?
Fred and I decided to start breeding American Quarter Horses. I had been involved with horses most of my life.
We acquired a few good mares, notably the first was a DR daughter of A Sudden
Impulse (ASI). Suddenly Cool AKA “Suzie” Suzie happened to be a couple of hours
from us, so we drove up to look.
We went to look at her, but Suzie was broodmare sound only. We can’t pass on her because these daughters of ASI are hard to find any more, and this one has produced five, superiors, 10 + ROMs, futurity winners, top 3, 5 and 10 in Western Pleasure, estern Riding and Trail at the APHA World Show, multiple top 10 APHA Honor Roll and an APHA Reserve World Champion. Suzie has produced over 600 AQHA and APHA points and was top ten at the APHA WS herself.
At the time we did not own any Stallions yet so at OHQHA QH Congress looked at stallions for Suzie and another mare we bought. We saw and heard great things about The Rock it was his first year to stand as a sire. We talked with Lorretta Magnuson, Gretta Graceland, Scott Frey, his trainer, and Mike Hay who was standing him. The Rock was such a handsome horse, a gifted mover, and had such a laid-back temperament we decided he would be a good cross for Suzie who’s lines have a reputation for being a little tough but made great show horses.
The night Suzie foaled I had been watching her for a few nights when she finally went down. She pushed for a while, but this foal was so big, I had to help pull him out. He was a red roan stud colt that looked just like The Rock with a wider blaze and an extra bit of chrome on his legs. He looked so much like the Rock we were thrilled and I said “we hit the Jack Pot!” so we later named him J.P. I dried him, we imprinted him, banged on his little feet, buzzed in his little ears. Everything was going well; the only problem was, he did not seem to want to get up. Hours went by, we urged him irritated him, lifted him, rubbed more, nothing. At this point we were well past the 1,2,3 rule. One hour to stand, 2 hours to nurse, 3 hours to pass the plug. We were on hour 4 and he was not even standing yet.
To make a long story short, two Madigan squeezes and 14 hours after he was born this big roan colt stood and finally nursed. We breathed a sigh of relief. That little colt drank so much milk in the next ten hours he passed his IGg test for colostrum with flying colors.
Growing up JP spent as much time on his side as he did standing up. He has always been a laid-back colt. Scott Frey said he get’s that from his sire. Sometimes I think he did not need those squeezes he was just taking his time and got up when he was good and ready. Since then Sudden On The Rocks (JP) has grown into those long legs he had as a foal.
2) Where, what level, and in what classes do you show your roan?
JP Broke his maiden in 2019 at a local FQHA Show in Ocala. In the Green WP We decided to hold him from the fall shows to mature more. He went to Rusty Green Show Horses to put the rest of the polish on him. Shane Dowdy rides him, and the irony is that Shane also prepared his dam Suzie for her show career years ago. As soon as we were
ready to show this spring, along came Covid-19 every show was cancelled or postponed.
He finally got to show at the GQHA Summer Break Out in Georgia in late May. JP was wonderful, he handled the traffic well, he looked so strong, and stayed cadenced the whole way around the pen. Being one of the first shows to open back up, classes were large and full of quality horses, 17 in the his L1/Green WP. He placed 2,2,4, and 3 rd for the NSBA pulling 5 points. Not bad for his second show ever. We look forward to getting him out there at least once again this summer and look forward to seeing what the fall and winter holds for J.P. before he makes his debut as a
breeding stallion in 2021.
3) What is your favorite thing to do with your roan horse?
My favorite thing to do with JP is ride him, but since he is now being ridden by his trainer I settle for kisses. He is so laid back, no stud chain or lip cord needed for this guy. hen I say “Kisses?” he turns his head so I can kiss his velvety muzzle.
4) What is your favorite memory with your roan horse?
So far my favorite memory with JP was when I rode him for the first time at home as a two year old, he had the coolest jog and his lope has so much natural lift and it took a while to get used to. It is not about one experience or event, but the whole journey we have been on owning this beautiful roan horse. Fred and I are looking forward to making many more years of memories with JP.
5) What are your thoughts about the American Roan Horse Association?
We are excited about participating in the ARHA. We like the programs incentives they offer. When we found out that the ARHA World Show was moved to Ocala, FL in December we were elated since that is practically in our back yard and we look forward to showing at the new World Equestrian Center.