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American Quarter Horse Breed

December 5, 2012 by  

American Quarter Horse Breed, After nearly 30 years breeding quarter horses, Rolyn Casper Jr. can finally lay official claim to a world champion.

Bimini Twist, a 4-year-old quarter horse, won the top title in the performance halter gelding division of the FedEx Open American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City on Nov. 12.

“I think anybody who breeds horses, whether it’s thoroughbreds, Arabians or quarter horses, and has been at it all their lives, has it in the back of their minds to be the breeder of a world champion horse. It’s one of the hardest things there is to accomplish,” said Casper, who bred Bimini Twist in Marion County.

The horse’s owners also are Ocala residents. Scott and Breda Kennedy operate Kennedy Show Horses in Ocala.

“It’s always great to win one. It’s not easy to get a world champion. There’s a lot of great horses and great competition out here. We’re real happy,” Scott Kennedy said.

Casper was partners in three other world champions over the years, but was never the breeder of record. Casper showed and won a show with Bimini Twist as a weanling before he was sold.

“He’s always been a really good looking horse,” he said.

Halter divisions are judged using the breed standard and how closely the horse matches those standards. While not judged directly on performance riding, to qualify for the performance halter division, the horse must have competed and earned points in a performance event during the year.

Bimini Twist earned his performance points in heading and heeling, where two horses and riders rope a calf, one by the head and the other by the back legs.

That versatility of breed is what draws Kennedy to quarter horses.

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