by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Mambos Sparkle and Brad Lund
Exhibitors at the AQHA World Championship Show try to give themselves every competitive advantage possible. So for the team roping, why not have a Superhorse as the helping horse?
That worked November 19 for AQHA Professional Horseman Brad Lund of LaCygne, Kansas, who was world champion and reserve world champion in junior heading and world champion in junior heeling.
“I had two mares in the heading,” Brad told the Journal after his second world championship of the night. “They were both sired by With All Probability. They were both good, and I won it on Jim Holland’s mare. She scored good. They were both good.”
The junior heading world championship went to Probabilitys Turf, a 2005 bay mare out of Shortys Miss Turf by Shorty Smoke. She was bred by Ray and Julie Lund of LaCygne, and is owned by Jim Holland of Bucyrus, Kansas.
“She’s been real easy to train,” Brad said. “She’s just been easy. We’ve been riding and training on her, and just in the last 60-90 days, she’s really been progressing and getting better all the time. When I left home, I thought, ‘Well, I might have a chance.’”
Kory Koontz of Sudan, Texas, heeled for Brad during the junior heading, riding With All Probability, aka “Ticket,” the 2005 World Show Superhorse.
“(Kory) has made it to the National Finals a number of times, and he has helped us the last four or five years here and done a great job,” Brad said. “I couldn’t do it without him.”
The junior heading reserve world championship went to Probably Got It All, a 2005 bay mare out of Sizzling Hot Cowgirl by Red Hot Hickory. She was bred by Amy Lund of LaCygne and is owned by Sherri and Phil Tearney of Stilwell, Kansas.
In junior heeling, Brad rode Mambos Sparkle, a 2006 palomino mare by Shining Spark and out of Cindy Mambo by My Leo Mambo. Ron and Anita Horn of Moore, Oklahoma, bred and own the mare.
Once again, Brad called on Ticket as his heading horse, this time with AQHA Professional Horseman Jay Wadhams handling the rope.
“I’ve had ‘Sparkle’ at the house for about a year,” Brad said. “We did a little cow horse on her and decided to focus on the heeling this year. (It’s) kind of the same thing (as Probabilitys Turf): She’s been green all summer and just sort of progressing along. In the last few weeks, she really started to peak and did a good job.”
Jay doesn’t quite know how to celebrate his double-championship night.
“I’m still kind of numb,” he said.
One thing he’s sure of: “(Ticket) was the help horse of the night.”