by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Lana Brooks wiped tears from her eyes November 13.
Her mare Sure Cool Te had walked out of the pen with her second gold trophy of the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show. The win November 13 was for performance halter mares with AQHA Professional Horseman Doug Landon at the shank. Her trophy November 10 came in amateur performance halter mares with Lana leading the mare.
“She’s a sorrel mare with four white feet,” Lana says. “She’s by Te Coolest, and she was bred and raised by Sue Bastian from Missouri. I bought her this summer, just in time to get her qualified.”
“Peaches” is out of Sure Wild by Mr Sure Smooth. The mare has been at Doug’s barn since she was 2.
“She’s a sweetheart, and this is her last horse show,” Lana says in her exclusive Journal interview. “She’s gonna go home and be a mama.”
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Lana’s not sure which sire she’ll pick, but breeder Sue will be in on the decision – since she did such a great job breeding Peaches. In 2010, Peaches won the performance halter mares title at the Adequan Select World Championship Show.
“We’re going to start doing our homework and figure what’ll cross on her,” Lana says. “We might pull some embryos. We don’t know. We’ve got to do our homework!”
Besides the connection with Sue, the win was special because it was the first for Lana and the first for Doug, her longtime fiancé.
“It’s been really, really special (to win),” she says. “Peaches is pretty special to both of us, but I’m going to claim her right now."
Sue gave the filly her nickname, Lana says, and it stuck after the change of ownership.
“It’s very appropriate,” she says. “She’s real laid back, real quiet. But today, she was a little ornery thing (while we were) getting her ready. She spattered hoof black all over my face coming to the pen.”
AQHA Professional Horseman Doug Landon leads Sure Cool Te to the 2011 performance halter mares world championship. (Journal photo)