Courtesy of American Quarter Horse Association
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark won his 100th AQHA world championship title during the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show.
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, is the first AQHA horseman to earn 100 world championships throughout his AQHA career, a huge milestone for AQHA professionals and exhibitors.
Roark has led many great horses to their world championships, and he won his 100th world championship in 2-year-old mares with Squires Famous Doll, owned by Theodore Lincoln.
“AQHA is very fortunate to have horsemen like Ross Roark who make an impact on the industry,” said AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle. “Ross is an AQHA Professional Horseman and has helped influence multiple aspects of the halter industry and lead many others to world championships.”
As a professional trainer, Roark won his first halter world championship in 1994 with Tashmere, the world champion weanling colt. That same year, he led Sheza Perfect Clu to the reserve world championship in weanling fillies. A year later, Roark and Sheza Perfect Clu were the world champions in yearling fillies.
When asked what it means to win his 100th world championship title, Roark said, “It means I’ve shown a lot of horses. It means I’ve been fortunate to have good owners. It means I’ve been fortunate to have good horses. It means I’ve been fortunate to grow up around great stockmen and horsemen like my dad and my granddad. It means that I’ve been around Larry Sullivant, Jerry Wells, Denny Hassett, Bruce Walquist, Sam Rose, Robbie Schroeder – just good horsemen who spent time with me not just on halter. Sleepy Gilbreath talked to me about horses. Steve Heckaman and many others – people I got to be around in that era that I learned a lot from. I’ve been fortunate to do what I love, and that’s horses.”