by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Sid Miller of Stephenville, Texas, takes a victory lap on his homebred gelding Big Quincy Dan. (Journal photo)
Sid Miller collected the whole set.
Sid brought three homebred horses to the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show and is headed home to Stephenville, Texas, with gold, silver and bronze trophies from the breakaway and tie-down roping classes August 29.
The silver came first in tie-down roping with Big Girl Wonder. Sid followed that up with breakaway gold on Big Quincy Dan and bronze on Big Girl Wonder.
“The horse that I won the breakaway on is a 7-year-old gelding that I raised,” Sid said. “He’s out of a mare called Madam Big. Reserve champion in the tie-down is another horse I raised, also out of Madam Big – different stallion, but the stallions were half-brothers, so they’re all home-raised, home-trained.”
Big Quincy Dan is a 2006 red dun gelding by Big As Brat and out of Madam Big by Big As I Am. He was third in Select tie-down roping in 2011 and sixth in 2012.
Big Girl Wonder is a 2008 red dun mare by Big Classic Wonder and out of Madam Big. Sid had a third horse in the breakaway finals as well, Big Buda Peppy, a 2008 sorrel gelding by Big As I Am and out of Bonita Petite by Doc D Bee. Sid was sixth on him.
“This (world championship) is really special because I don’t think I’ve ever won the breakaway here,” Sid said. “I’ve been reserve several times. I’ve never actually won breakaway, so that was good, and I was real proud of my young horses. I’ve got two 5-year-olds and a 7-year-old. So I was really proud of those young horses.”
Sid’s time on Big Quincy Dan was 2.497, and his time on Big Girl Wonder was 2.871. Frequent competitor Chris Jensen of Lance Creek, Wyoming, on Playzorro snuck into second place with a 2.869.
“It seems like I can’t practice (roping) as much as I used to,” Sid said. “It hurts too much! But it’s been good. I roped every day this week. It paid off, because we had a real good week this week.”
Sid raises about a dozen colts a year at his ranch in Stephenville, an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder ranch.
“My brother and nephew help me,” he said. “They don’t actually train for me. They give me pointers, and Wade Watkins helps train there. I live in Stephenville, so there are a lot of college kids who come out and help me break the colts and halter-break them so I get as much help as I can.”
Sid’s last two world championships were tie-down roping in 2011 with Big Quincy Dan and in 2010 with Big Classic Wonder, another son of Big As I Am.
“I’d like to thank my wife,” Sid said. “She couldn’t be here with me and of course, my sons and all my hands back at the ranch and the nursery. They keep things going while I’m gone and allow me to do this.”
Sid already has plans to return to Adequan Select World in 2014.
“I’ve already got some qualified,” he said. “I’ll be back. Lord willing and the body holds together, I’ll be back.”
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