by Samantha EckertThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Brad Lund not only defended his junior heading title, but also his reserve champion title. With All Eyes On Me was Brad’s mount for his championship run at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show on November 18.
The 2006 bay gelding is owned by Corey Bender of Johnson Lake, Nebraska. The bay gelding is by 2005 Superhorse With All Probability, aka “Ticket,” and out of Two Eyed Lady Buck by Two Eyed Buck. In 2005, Ticket also won the open dally team roping heading. Tonight Brad had Korey Koontz heel for him off of Ticket.
Brad was also reserve world champion on Ticket Tothe Bigtime. She was foaled in 2007 and is also by With All Probability and out of Tuffs Lady Luck by Tuff Lena. The dun mare was owned by Phil and Sherri Tearney of Stillwell, Kansas.
“Oh just,” Brad says, “I just can’t believe it really to be honest with you. It’s just one of them nights that everything went together good.”
Both of Brad’s junior heading horses also made it back to the junior heeling finals. The AQHA Professional Horseman finished reserve on the bay gelding.
“Corey Bender owns the horse,” Brad says. “I got him last year and just started training on him and he just kind of progressed him on and on. And he just kind of started doing better and better all year long. We got him qualified and just decided to come see what happened. So it worked out well.”
At the 2010 World Show, Brad won the junior heading on Probabilitys Turf and was second on Probably Got It All.
Brad is fond of the With All Probability bloodlines.
“They can all run,” Brad says about the Ticket foals. “They all want to stop. They’re turning out to be winners, I guess. We won it on one last year, too. It’s pretty neat.”
Directly following his junior heading win, Brad went straight into the junior heeling. Then he had to switch gears and go into the senior working cow horse finals.
“It was rough tonight,” Brad says about the quick changes he had to make. “Everything, all the turmoil, and everything, just trying to keep your mind focused on the next thing and the next thing. It’s all right.”
It was all worth it in the end for Brad and his clients.
“I feel grateful to do it for my clients,” Brad says. “I appreciate everything they do for us all year long and the sponsors. I’m more happy for them than for me. Their horses are there all year long, and we try to come here. And you don’t always win all the time. So I’m glad for them.”
AQHA Professional Horseman Brad Lund defends his junior dally teamp roping - heading title on With All Eyes On Me. Journal photo.