by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Vickie McAngus and Jettin Boone win their eighth jumping world championship August 31 at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
The oldest horse at the show took home a gold trophy August 31 at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo.
Vicki McAngus of Leonard, Texas, teamed with her longtime equine partner, Jettin Boone, for their eighth world championship in jumping.
“This one’s pretty sweet, because this one finishes him off,” Vicki said in an exclusive interview with the Journal. “He’s gonna be retired. He has won open, amateur and now Select, so he can retire. He can hang out in the pasture now and be a horse.”
Jettin Boone is a 1988 brown gelding by Jet Of Honor and out of the Johnny Boone mare Flaming Boone. He was bred by Donald and Charlotte Dailey of Tupelo, Oklahoma.
In addition to seven previous world championships in jumping, the 25-year-old “Jet” has five reserve world championships in jumping and one reserve world championship in hunter hack.
“We just hack him a lot,” Vicki said. “We don’t do a lot of jumping with him. We just let him be a horse and he enjoys going out for nice little hacks and jumping some little something every now and then. That’s kind of it. I think that’s why he’s stayed sound all these years.”
Vicki has claimed before that Jet was retiring, but she found that didn’t work out for the horse.
“He chases the trailer down the driveway, and we have to go back and get him sometimes and take him, just because,” she said. “He’s kinda like Brett Favre. Just can’t retire yet.”
The 2013 Adequan Select World finals was a handy course, Vicki said, and because she was first in the draw, she had a strategy in mind.
“My whole thought process – because we were first – was to kind of lay down the best route that we could and hope everybody else had to chase us,” she said. “(I was) hoping that we’d pressure everyone else enough to make a mistake. That was all we could hope for, because there were some really good horses coming up behind us.”
Jet and Vickie were one of three teams with clean first rounds. They smoked the jump-off in 32.106 seconds, followed by Ben Smith of Paradise, Texas, on Jazztastic in 39.061 seconds. Cynthia Tripoli of Seguin, Texas, rounded out the top three on her homebred gelding Imaka Better Beau.
Vicki says Jet is really, truly, for-sure retired now, and she’s working on finding a successor.
“We’ve got some really big shoes to fill,” she said. “I think he’s my once-in-a lifetime horse.”
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