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Saving the Best For Last: StillRockinTheHouse to Make Congress Debut in Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure Events

Dave Archer Show Horses is saving the best for last with StillRockinTheHouse in the Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure events at the Congress.

StillRockinTheHouse (Sam) is a royally bred two-year-old stallion by the famous sire The Best Martini and top-producing dam Prissy Legs. Sam will be making his Congress debut in the Coughlin Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure and Super Sires Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure with Dave Archer, and the Two-Year-Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure with Courtney Archer.

“What’s not to like about Sam? He’s big, pretty, he’s soft to the ground and even both ways. He checks all the boxes for a western pleasure horse,” his trainer, Dave Archer told us. Wife, Courtney Archer adds, “When I look at Sam, all I can think is he’s going to make an amazing western pleasure horse. But what I really can’t wait for is to watch him start changing leads and going over trail poles. To me, he’s going to be the overall package from the western pleasure to the all-around pen.”

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The Archers are hoping that StillRockinTheHouse (pictured above right as a foal) will live up to his full siblings who have gone on to be great show horses. The University Of Florida owns the great mare Prissy Legs, who is one of AQHA’s leading producing mares. Her 11 performing foals have accumulated 5,977 AQHA points with total earnings of nearly $200,000.

Every year, the University of Florida has a horse sale for two-year-olds and yearlings that have gone through the school program, and the Archers have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to purchase four babies out of the great mare Prissy Legs.

Sam’s dam was one of Darol and Karen Rodrock’s core broodmares. Prissy Legs, by Zippos Old Gold, as well as her dam Shy Legs, by Shy Prescription, are both proven producers with many Congress and World Show winners and great-minded horses as evidenced by the results across open, amateur, and youth divisions.

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Dave Archer has started, trained, and was the first one to show all four babies. It all started with UF A Certain Star (pictured left), who won the NSBA World Show in the Two-Year-Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure with Courtney Archer and then went on to win the AQHA World Show with Brad Ost in the Junior Western Riding for owners Dave and Courtney Archer. 

Next up was UF Rockin The House (pictured right), who won Dave his first NSBA World Show Champion in the Junior Western Pleasure and Limited Open Maturity. Third in line was Best Brew At The Bar, which is a full sibling to StillRockinTheHouse. Dave was Top 10 in the Congress Masters and the Archers sold him and he went on and had a phenomenal career and still continues to show today.

“Sam has all the best qualities of his brothers. He definitely wants to please and never wants to be in any trouble. His personality is a lot like Dennis The Menace, he’s mischievous, but then when you catch him doing something, he immediately looks at you like ‘It wasn’t me, I didn’t do it.’ He definitely keeps us laughing,” Courtney shares. “Out of his brothers, he was definitely the easiest to break out. He naturally wants to be a good horse and comes out every day and gives you one hundred percent.”

“StillRockinTheHouse has the class, pedigree, conformation, movement, disposition, and genetic profile (6-panel negative) to be an outstanding stallion prospect. Sometimes life has a way of saving the best for last. Sam is the last foal out of Prissy Legs, who is 26 this year,” according to Archer’s client, J.D. Weir. “From my standpoint, Dave deserves the credit for Sam’s success because he has done a super job training and has such a tremendous history with this family. It is just plain cool when you see the incredible synergy that comes when horse and trainer come together as one.”

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After making his debut at the Congress, StillRockinTheHouse will go on to the AQHA World Show where he will show in the Level 2 & 3 Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure. Their plan for 2024 is to show him in the Three-Year-Old Open and Non-Pro Western Pleasure events with their ultimate goal of the year to show him in the Pleasure Versatility at the AQHA World Show.

The Archers would like to thank The University of Florida Equine Science Program for their impressive breeding program and for always believing in Dave Archer Show Horses. Courtney adds, “We hope Sam makes you proud at the Congress.”

CLICK HERE to see StillRockinTheHouse’s ad in the October Congress issue of GoMag.

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