November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

3-Year-Old Fillies

Kid Jewels and AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney add gold to their treasure box.

Kid Jewels and AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney

Kid Jewels and AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney

Kid Jewels’ win in the 3-year-old fillies on November 23, was truly a Cinderella story.

In her first show season, she has overcome nearly insurmountable obstacles on her way to the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.

Sisters and co-owners Kathy Sheahan and Mary Mancini purchased  Kid Jewels, aka “Julie,” at a sale without any intention of her showing let alone winning a world title.

Kathy Sheahan of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, explained that their horse sustained injuries in an accident before they purchased her that nearly cost the filly her life.

Kathy: She was badly, badly injured so she was listed in Rita Crundwell’s sale as pretty much toast. She was broodmare-sound, but that was all. We bought her as a broodmare because of her excellent breeding on the online sale.

The sorrel filly is by Mr Touchdown Kid who was the 2001 amateur reserve world champion 2-year-old stallion and 2000 amateur world champion yearling stallion. His 111 performance foals have earned over $103,000 at the AQHA World Championship Show and over 3,000 halter points.

She is out of the mare Jewels By Tiffany by Mr Elusive. The dam herself was also a multiple world champion. A 2005 amateur world champion 2-year-old mare, a 2004 amateur world champion yearling mare, 2003 amateur world champion weanling mare, she also earned two reserve world championship titles in open weanling and 2-year-old mares.

After the sisters picked Julie up, they took her to Kentucky where she underwent intense rehabilitation with equine veterinarian Dr. Sarah Cahill.

Mary Mancini of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, told the Journal.

“We went down to Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Sarah Cahill rehabbed the mare. Rood & Riddle worked on the mare. She had broken two bones in her neck that had fused.”

It was a long road, but the time spent bringing the filly back was well worth it.

After they picked her up, there seemed to be no reason why she couldn't have a show career.

Kathy: We just thought, well she’s sound, so let’s get her in shape.

The sisters had help from trainers Kathy Lawrence and AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney to prepare her.

Kathy: Kathy Lawrence fit her for the World Show and Buddy Laney showed her for us. I showed her in the amateur but didn’t do as well as Buddy.

But that seemed to be of no concern. Kathy and Mary are smitten with the 3-year-old.

Mary: She has a lovely personality for a horse. She’s wonderful. We love her.

Kathy: We love that mare.

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