Joann Hicks of Friendswood, Texas, won 3-year-old mares with Denium N Lace.
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by Becky NewellThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Twenty years after she started showing horses, Joann Hicks' long-time dream came true: she won an AQHA world championship.
Showing Denium N Lace in 3-year-old mares at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show, Joann and "Lacey" were first under three judges. In 2009, Lacey, a sorrel mare by CK Kid, was the Select world champion in yearling mares.
"I've had her for about a year now," Joann told the Journal following her win. "I knew she was a great mare, but I never thought it (a world championship) would happen. I'm so happy."
So happy she cried when she was greeted by her entourage of friends and family as she exited the arena, and bawled when Jim hugged her.
"I've always dreamed of being a world champion and now it's come true," she said.
Jim was proud.
"I could brag on them all night long," he said. "They did a really good job today. It's been a long time coming."
Joann can't stop listing the reasons she loves showing halter horses.
"I love coming to the shows, I love the people, I've had a lot of beautiful horses, but Lacey is the most beautiful," she said. "This horse, this show, was definitely the best."
And Joann's year isn't over. She plans to have her trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle, show Lacey in open 3-year-old mares at the AQHA World Championship Show in November in Oklahoma City.