2013, 2014, 2015 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse
2013 World Champion Four year Old Stallion
2012 World Grand Champion Three Year Old Reserve
2012 World Champion Three Year Old Stallion
2011 World Grand Champion Two Year Old
2011 World Champion Two Year Old Stallion
World Champion Sire
October 8th, 2008 was a long awaited day for renown horse breeder Bob Rollins. It was the day his best mare Prides Angelique finally delivered a stud colt sired by the great Jose’ Jose’. After the first 3 attempts of breeding Angelique to Jose’, Bob felt he was destined to only have fillys. But these fillys were exceptional. The first Tarheel’s Rose was a top show mare and always tied very well at the World Championships. The second Tarheel’s Angelique was a two-time Reserve World Champion and the third Tarheel’s Star of Jose was a top show mare in her own right. A testament to these mares abilities was shown at the North Carolina Championships at Asheville in 2007, Star won the 2 year old mare class, Angelique won the 3 year old mare class and Rose was 4th in the 4 year old mare class. To say Bob was desperately wanting a stud was an understatement.
A stud was born and he was perfection! Bob named him Tarheel’s Jose’. All of Pride’s Angelique’s foals toted a name to represent the great state they were produced in. Angelique’s first foal was Tarheel’s Miss Dumas, a top show mare for Kenny Compton and the dam of WGC A.C.C. Her next was Tarheel’s Pusher whose show record spans the past seven years and is still winning today. Tarheel’s Busting Out was next and he also was a proven show horse. The next was UNC who had a show career of 9 years always tying well at the World Championships. Out of the first 10 foals Prides Angelique produced, 8 of them have made a name for themselves in the show ring. None better than this beautiful stud born on October 8th of the year 2008 who eventualy became I Am Jose’.
I am Jose’ was awaited by more than Bob. Most horse trainers knew of his arrival and the owners who had purchased his siblings knew of his arrival. They all waited to see if this anticipated stallion would be everything he was expected to be. Skipping to the fall of his yearling year I Am Jose’ began his training at Yokely and Sons Stables in Ethridge Tennessee. He was absolutely the most talked about young prospect around. He was soon purchased by a group of investors and moved to Cottonwood Stables in Corbin Kentucky under the direction of Ryan Blackburn to continue his training. He made his presence well known. Everyone who ever saw him at these beginning stages spoke of his greatness and how he was better than his great sire at the same age. He was later moved to Landrum Stables in Franklin Tennessee where he was trained by Tim Smith. Tim has been quoted as saying at that time “this horse will win the roses some day, I guarantee it”. At Landrum’s is where he was seen by Casey Wright who knew this was the horse he was looking for. Purchased by Debbie and Billy Max Woods on Casey’s recommendation I Am Jose’ was matched with the trainer and owners who would guide him to the top.
During his two year old year I Am Jose’ was shown 4 times all ending with victory passes. He won the Spring Fun Show, The Moneytree Classic and a World Championship and World Grand Championship at the 2011 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. They say the greatness of a horse is determined by his competition; in his Two Year Old World Grand Championship class, the top 5 horses were or would eventually become World and World Grand Champions in their own right.
As a three year old, in 2012, I Am Jose’ would become a World Champion again and Reserve World Grand Champion. Only missing a repeat of his previous title by 1 point on the judges card. After that one point wake up call their was no looking back for I Am and Casey Wright. Never again would a judge tie I Am Jose’ lower than first. They stormed through the Delta Fall Classic at the end of 2012 with a victory to prepare for his historical four year old year.
I Am Jose’ began his four year old year with a unanimous decision by all judges at the Spring Fun Show. He would return later in the summer for his Celebration prep at the Red Carpet Show of the South in Pulaski, Tennessee. He left there as Four Year Old Stallion Champion. Now he was set for the Celebration and History.
Most years the Celebration (World Championships for Tennessee Walking Horses) is somewhat predictable by the best horses all year long being favorites in their respective divisions. This year was no exception and as expected I Am Jose’ breezed through his preleminary class and became the Unanimous Four Year Old Stallion World Champion. What would happen next had not happened in 47 years at the Celebration.
It was decided to enter I Am Jose’ in the last class on the Saturday before Labor Day. He would bypass his Four Year Old World Grand Championship on Friday to vie for top honors as the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse for 2013. From start to finish I Am Jose’ dominated the class. Not since an unexpected Betty Sain on Shaker’s Shocker in 1947, had a Four Year Old won the World Grand Championship. I Am Jose’ was the Unanimous choice by all judges. The decision came just after Midnight which put it on his trainers birthday. Earlier in the evening Casey Wright was named Trainer of the Year for 2013 and just a couple hours later, on his birthday he rode his favorite horse to the World Grand Championship.
Now I Am Jose’ begins his next career in the breeding shed here at Rising Star Ranch. A Stallion that had big shoes to fill as a show horse and fulfilled more than ever was expected has an even bigger challenge to become the heir apparent to the throne of the great Jose’ Jose’ himself. Time will tell, but he is already the choice of the owners of many current World Champion producing mares and it is easy to see that he will be as successful as a sire as he is as a show horse.
From that cool fall morning in 2008, he has met and exceeded all the great expectations that were laid before him. He can easily proclaim, I Am The Best, I Am The One,………I Am Jose’.
An Update to the I Am Jose’ story…..On August 30th, 2014 I Am Jose’ made history again by becoming the first stallion since Go Boy’s Shadow in 1956 to win back to back World Grand Championships. Only Haynes Peacock, Midnight Sun, Merry Go Boy, Talk of The Town, Go Boy’s Shadow and now I Am Jose’ have accomplished this feat.
One More Update to this incredible story…On September 5th, 2015 I Am Jose’ with Casey Wright aboard were victorious again and were crowned the 2015 World Grand Champions at The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. This feat of 3 back to back to back wins was only accomplished before by Talk of The Town who won in 1951, 1952 and 1953. I Am Jose’ is also the first stallion to EVER accomplish this feat.
Click this link to see Champions sired by I Am Jose’.
|Jose' Jose'||Gen.'s Major General||Prides Generator||Pride Of Midnight H.F.|
|H.F. Spirit's Nell|
|Delight's Lucky Charm||Sun's Delight D.|
|Merry Boys Charm Lady|
|Stormy's Ruby||Pride's Stormy Night||Pride Of Midnight H.F.|
|76's Ruby||G.F.'s Pride of '76|
|Mack's Lovely Lady G.F.|
|Prides Angelique||Prides Generator||Pride Of Midnight H.F.||Midnight Sun|
|Pride Of Stanley|
|H.F.'s Spirits Nell||Spirit of Midnight|
|Nell's Last Lady|
|Midnight Merry Meg||Midnight Merry Maker||Midnight Sun|
|Merry Maker Sweet Sue|
|Go Boy's Satin Jet||Easter's Go-Boy|
|Maid of Money|