Kaleena Weakly and HP Prime Time
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?
I was at the 2016 AQHA World Show... I had recently sold my young all around horse No Question I'm Lazy and was newly pregnant, and by no means shopping for another horse, when my all around trainer Jason Gilliam called me and told me to get out to the outdoor riding pen immediately. I had to chuckle because I knew without asking that he had seen something he liked and was kind of excited because I knew the horse had to be pretty special since we really were't in the market for a new one with me being pregnant and all. When I reached the outdoor arena Gilliam was loping the roan 2yo over a trail pinwheel effortlessly, which was his first day doing the poles. Then Brad Ost got on him and showed us that he had the ability to change leads already. We were really excited about him and later that day made the family decision to buy Cooper. I would give Jason Gilliam his 3yo year to compete with him in the trail, which was perfect since I was due with our baby girl in June. Then when Cooper turned 4 I would start adding classes on him for the all around. All the while Jason Martin and Charlie Cole would meet up with us at the shows and perfect his lead change. They loved Cooper as much as we did and raised him so we all wanted to be a part of his journey and make it as successful as we could.
2) Where, what level, and in what classes do you show your roan?
I show Cooper at AQHA show all across the country. I show him in L3 all around events while Jason Gilliam shows him in the junior trail and Charlie Cole shows him in the junior and green western riding.
3) What is your favorite thing to do with your roan horse?
I LOVE to change leads on him. 16 years ago I had another roan gelding, Sonnys Count Te Zip, who was an amazing western rider and it's very sentimental to think I will be back showing in the western riding again soon on another special roan.
4) What is your favorite memory with your roan horse?
This year at the NSBA World Show we won Reserve World Champion in the Amateur Horsemanship. I had never placed that high in the horsemanship at that level of a show before, and with him just being 4, it was absolutely an awesome feeling and accomplishment for us as a team.
5) What are your thoughts about the American Roan Horse Association?
I love that the roans have their own association to be apart of and all of the incentive programs it has to offer it's members. The association is very supportive and friendly. The Fast 50 program Plus Program is a great incentive for me in particular, it has already paid my membership fees this year plus put cash in my pocket!