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November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur Ranch Sorting

It's another AQHA world championship for the Lesh family, but a first for their horses.

Sarah Lesh and Jordan Lesh

Sarah Lesh and Jordan Lesh

Sarah Anne Lesh and her brother-in-law Jordan Lesh knew what they had to do in the amateur ranch sorting finals November 12 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. They were sitting 10th in the prelims and facing a heated field of talented finalists.

“Tenth place, that’s not the best for sure,” Sarah told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “But it didn’t change anything we did for the finals. We would have sorted the same either way.”

The duo, who comes from a highly decorated ranch sorting and team penning family, had trusty steeds they could depend on. Sarah rode husband Jared’s Flossie Floyd, a 2000 sorrel mare. Jordan's mount was Bet On Kit, his 2004 red roan gelding.

Working eighth in the finals order, the pair wowed the crowd by penning all 10 cattle. They were the only team to do so in the finals.

“The cows worked good for us,” Sarah said. “We had a nice, smooth run. It just panned out and worked out good.”

The pair competes together all year long and say they have a good working relationship.

“I feel like we communicate good to each other,” Jordan said. “She likes to yell at me a lot.”

Sarah and Jordan are multiple AQHA world champions. Flossie Floyd has more than $4,000 in National Cutting Horse Association earnings. Both horses have numerous AQHA World Show accolades, however this is the first world championship for both. 

“We’ve owned (Flossie Floyd) for close to five years now,” Sarah said. “I’ve owned her longer than any other horse we’ve had on our place. She’s a pretty neat mare. I like her a lot. She’s easy to be around. She doesn’t require a lot of riding during the week. We just pull her up and go to the show.”

Jordan said his gelding is “easy to be around and nice to have,” and he’s owned him for about three years.

Jordan went on to win the open ranch sorting finals immediately after his amteur ranch sorting class with his brother, Joel.

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