by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Steve Reams and Dark Jasmine
Dark Jasmine might be the winningest junior pleasure horse no one has heard of.
She changed that November 20 by winning the world championship in junior western pleasure at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show for owner Susan Ostrander of Westerville, Ohio.
“That mare gave me a great ride,” said Dark Jasmine’s exhibitor and trainer, Stephen Reams of Ellerbe, North Carolina. “She’s never lied to me and she’s always gone in the pen and done a super job for me. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to show her here at the World Show. She did it for me again. She went in there and gave me everything she had. You can’t ask for anything more than that. She’s a great mare.”
The 2006 sorrel mare by Just Wait Until Dark and out of An Old Gold Invester by Zippos Old Gold has almost $29,000 in National Snaffle Bit Association earnings to her credit. With Steve, she was the winner in the 2008 All American Quarter Horse Congress 2-year-old snaffle bit futurity limited division. She has had success there ever since, but this was her first trip to Oklahoma City.
“I had faith in her and she came through for me, and the judges rewarded me for it and I thank them and I thank Jesus Christ, that’s a fact,” Steve told the Journal.
“Baby J” was first on four of the five judge’s cards. She has been in Steve’s barn most of her competitive life.
“I had her as a 2-year-old and 3-year-old,” he said, “and I got her back this year. She’s a great mare, no doubt.”