by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Two former cutting mares in the hands of two Leshes was the formula for success in ranch sorting at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.
On November 8, Jordan Lesh and his sister-in-law, Sarah Lesh, rode Aristo Glo and Red Hot Alena, respectively, to a joint championship, penning 16 head in 117.942 seconds.
“Our (preliminary) run went really good,” Sarah says. “We got 10 head, so it was really smooth. We made it back to the finals. We came back sitting second.”
By the time they rode into the pens in the finals, 13th in the draw, they knew they needed to work cautiously.
“There was only a 14-header at the time that was leading at the time we went, so we had to get four more,” Jordan says. “We just took it nice and easy and got our cows off the ends.”
Teamwork was another key, Sarah says.
“Our finals run was a little crazy, because Jordan pulled his first cow really good, and then I got in the herd, and he did a really good job in the hole,” she says. “It’s why we’re good partners.”
Aristo Glo is a 2005 sorrel mare by Smart Aristocrat-Glo Bonita Peppy by Peppy San Badger. She was bred by Gaylon Wells of Sulphur, Oklahoma, and has $1,113.41 in NCHA earnings. She’s owned by Joel Lesh, Jordan’s brother in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Sarah’s mount was special to her.
“I’m riding a horse that belongs to my stepdad (Frank Schaffer of Joplin, Missouri),” Sarah says. “He raised and trained her. That makes it special. Another thing that makes it special is this (win is with) my brother-in-law. That’s always special. And Jordan always tells me I’m his favorite Lesh.”
“She’s not lying,” Jordan adds with a grin.
Jordan and Sarah Lesh trade off in the hole in ranch sorting November 8 at the AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)