By Tara Matsler and Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalDecember 31, 2013
Ann Baker and her husband, Glenn Jones, celebrated their one-year anniversary March 24 at the 2013 AQHA Region One Championship in West Monroe, Louisiana, where Ann was showing Im On Rolex Time. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)
Not very often do you see a couple willing to forego a traditional honeymoon in favor of a horse show. But for Ann Baker and her husband, Glenn Jones, horse shows are as romantic as it gets, and they’re OK with that.
“On our honeymoon, instead, we turned around the following weekend and went to a horse show,” Glenn told the Journal. “And this past Valentine’s Day, we went to a horse show. This year, she said, ‘You’re sure for our anniversary, you want to go to a horse show?’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s great.’ There’s no place I’d rather be than with her doing this.”
In fact, the couple celebrated their one-year anniversary March 24 at the 2013 AQHA Region Nine Championship in West Monroe, Louisiana, where Ann and her other knight-in-shining-armor, Im On Rolex Time, won the amateur all-around TexTan saddle.
“I have won a couple of saddles before, but I think this is more important,” Ann said after the win. “I haven’t done it in a long time, and for it to be on my first anniversary, it means a lot. And it’s my parents’ 61st anniversary also, so this has been a good day.”
Im On Rolex Time is a 2004 sorrel gelding by Zippos Gold Rolex and out of Snuggles N Hugs by Zippos Old Gold. He was bred by Richard and Charlen McBride of Burleson, Texas, and Ann bought him as a long yearling.
“I’ve done all the training on him,” said the Texarkana, Texas, resident. “I’ve had help here and there from great friends and great trainers. I’ve been blessed with him.
“I haven’t shown this many classes in quite a while,” Ann said, referring to their all-around win. “I usually do trail and western riding, and so this was just go-for-it-all. He really came through for me and I’m proud of him.”
While Ann concentrates on practice and training, Glenn has been forging a different relationship with “Troy” – named for former Dallas Cowboys football player Troy Aikman. When Ann and Troy quit practicing, the cute sorrel makes his way to Glenn for ear rubs.
“He’s a great horse,” Glenn said. “(Ann and I) got involved about two years ago. We’ve known each other for a while because we work together at a lab in a medical facility. I told her I had no idea that a 1,500-pound animal would become one of my best friends.”
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