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Sparta man wins world championship

Frank Berris, of Sparta (R), with the trophy and his horse, Obviously OT. On the left is Charlie Hemphill, AQHA Sr. Director of Shows. Photo courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

Frank Berris of Sparta, Michigan, captured the world championship title in 2-year-old geldings at the 2011 American Quarter Horse Association Bank of America Amateur Championship Show on November 6 in Oklahoma City.
Berris showed his American Quarter Horse, Obviously OT, who is a 2009 sorrel gelding. Obviously OT is sired by Obviously The One and out of Steel Roses, bred by Donald and Gwen Rice of Sumiton, Alabama.
In the 2-year-old geldings class, 17 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $5,046.11. Berris and Obviously OT received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy, Montana Silversmiths buckle, specially designed logoed jacket, a pair of smooth ostrich Techno Crepe boots, 100 pounds of feed, neck wreath, medallion and other products.
The AQHA Bank of America Amateur and FedEx Open World Championship Show is the world’s largest, single-breed world championship horse show and the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the 94 classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. The 3,572 entries at this year’s event represent competitors from 42 of the United States, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Venezuela. The show is being held November 5-19 at the Oklahoma City State Fair Park.

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