Dressed for his “day job” Matthew May sports a blue polo shirt and cargo shorts, a pair of sunglasses shading his eyes as he drives his Anoka-Coon Rapids Schwans delivery route.
However, the Schwans man takes on an elegantly formal look when he shows off his two-year old pinto Alexander McQueen.
When May shows his stallion, he’s dressed to the nines in proper English attire – black suit coat and dress pants, a black fedora atop his head, a silk tie perfectly knotted around his neck.
And Alexander McQueen looks mighty fine himself. So fine, in fact, that the stallion won three championship trophies in the 2012 Pinto World Championship Show in Tulsa, Okla., last month.
May has been working with Alexander McQueen since the saddlebred horse was just six months old. When he and co-owner James Bailey reviewed the events for the Pinto World Championship Show, they agreed Alexander McQueen would be sure to shine in three events: open (pro and amateur) halter stallions for saddlebred horses two years old and younger, amateur halter saddlebred horses and open Tobiano color for pleasure and saddlebred stallions.
And did Alexander McQueen ever shine, winning top prize in all three events that were scored on the horse’s confirmation, appearance, symmetry and posture.
“I’ve been showing since I was 11 years old and then took a 10-year break… Alexander McQueen is the only reason I got back in it,” May said. “I knew he was something special with his beautiful face, his perfect symmetry. He’s just gorgeous. I had to get back in it.” .
“He’s never not won first place.”
According to May, he and Bailey will show Alexander McQueen in Fergus Falls, Winona and again in Fergus Falls before the current season ends in September.
“After the season, he’ll probably stand at stud for the rest of his life,” May said. “And he’ll do very well – just look at him. He’s beautiful.”
To learn more about the 2012 Pinto World Championships, visit www.pinto.org and click on “world show” under the “events” tag.
Sue Austreng is at firstname.lastname@example.org