August 29, 2013
By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Joe Dietz and Total Annihilation compete in aged geldings at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
In 2005, Joe Dietz was 10th in 3-year-old geldings at the Adequan Select World Championship Show.
Then February 29, 2006, he had a heart attack and subsequent surgery and hadn’t showed since. So this year, he told his wife, Florine, that he was putting it on his bucket list that he wanted to return to the Adequan Select World as the oldest male halter exhibitor.
“I said I’d like to get my horse qualified to go to the Select World,” he said.
This week, Joe checked that item off his list with his return to the 2013 Adequan Select World.
The Rogersville, Missouri, resident showed August 27 in aged geldings, placing 12th with Total Annihilation, a 2009 sorrel gelding by Execute and out of Sheza Telusive Kid by Telusive.
“We showed professionally for 40 years,” Joe said.
“Almost 50 years,” Florine added.
“After I had that open-heart surgery, we got out of the horse business,” Joe said. “The horse we have now was reserve world champion at (Ford) Youth World in 2010 and world champion (open yearling gelding in 2010), so we’re going to try our luck here.”
Joe was also third in the Super-Select category for exhibitors over age 70.
“I’ve been showing horses since 1952,” he said. “We’ve had several world champion buckskins.”
Showing horses is a lot of work, Florine said, but it’s also a chance to meet new people.
“That’s what’s fun,” she said. “We’ve been everywhere.”
That includes a cruise to the Bahamas, another item on Joe’s bucket list that got checked off this year.
“We loved it,” Florine said. “It was just a three-day cruise, because we had to get back to the horses.”