Judy Jordan leads Secrets Of A Legend to a world championship in yearling stallions September 2 at the Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
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by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Judy Jordon of Pilot Point, Texas, is having another banner year with another yearling stallion.
In 2010, she returned to showing after several years away from it and made a big splash with A Zhivago, winning the Select yearling stallions world championship and going on to a grand championship at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
On September 2, she walked out of the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show with another world championship in yearling stallions, this time with Secrets Of A Legend.
“I’ve done very well with him this year,” Judy told the Journal immediately after the win. “I won the non-pro at the Jerry Wells Futurity (at the Redbud Spectacular) and was second in the open… I’m just so proud that I’ve got another good colt.
“He’s fun to show. He got a little nervous at the end…but he is such a great-minded colt. He’s just fun to show.”
A 2010 son of I Gotta Cool Secret and out of RGD Cant Touch Me by Time To Touch, Secrets Of A Legend was bred by Roger and Debbie Graham of Lebanon, Tennessee. The couple also bred A Zhivago.
“I have him (in training) with (AQHA Professional Horseman) Ted Turner Jr.,” Judy said. “I appreciate Ted and what he’s done here. He’s a great person, and I can’t do it without him.
“And my husband, Wayne,” she added, “and my children, my daughter Jenny and (her husband) Robin (Frid) are such a great support, and my friends – I’m just a happy camper today!”
Judy and her husband, Wayne, have been in the horse business for years; Wayne is the manager at Reata Ranch in Pilot Point, Texas. Judy is a 30-year breeder herself.
“I’ve been doing this since I was 8 years old,” Judy said. “I stayed away from it for a while because my daughter was showing. I just got back into it, and I’m proud to say I’m 68 years old.
“I’ll tell you one thing, women, you can do it. Don’t sit there and think you can’t because you can do it. There is so much (out there) like the Select and the (World Conformation Horse Association) events now – get out there and enjoy it because I do, I really do.
She laughed and added: “I’m just excited. I was so emotional last year; I kept my emotions a little more under control this year.”
It’s just the start of a busy fall for Judy. She’s headed to the Big Money Halter Futurity in Jackson, Mississippi, on September 17, and then to the Iowa Futurity Extravaganza in Des Moines at the end of the month. After that, it’s Congress and the AQHA World Championship Show.
“I’m going to be busy!”