by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Steve and Tanya Relander of Aledo, Illinois, had just one mare. Of course, if you have just one, it’s nice when she’s a good one.
Theirs was January Investment, whose foals put her into the National Snaffle Bit Association Hall of Fame. She had 12 prior to her death in 2007, and 10 of them earned a combined 2,688.5 points in all divisions combined; and they include leading sire and world champion Artful Investment.
And now there's one more world champion.
Tanya rode One Lazy Investment to the 2010 world championship in amateur western pleasure in the November 9 finals at the AQHA World Championship Show. It was Tanya’s first AQHA world championship, and it was fitting to win it on January Investment’s last foal.
“We raised him and started him,” Tanya said. “We sent him to Kenny Lakin in March of his 2-year-old year to get him started, and Kenny got him ready for the (All American Quarter Horse Congress Western Pleasure) Masters, and we won in 2008.”
At the 2009 World Show, he ended up fifth in the junior western pleasure and third in the amateur. Their goal was to come back and try again for the gold trophy.
“It’s wonderful!” Tanya said. “He’s got so much power and is so good at his job you just stay out of his way. He makes me look good. I really didn’t do anything; I just try to stay out of his way.
“This one’s pretty special for us.”
Watch for One Lazy Investment and Tanya during FedEx Open Week – they’re going for the open gold in junior western pleasure.
One Lazy Investment and Tanya Sue Relander