by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Genuine And Stylish and AQHA Professional Horseman Brad Lund
Eleventh in the go, AQHA Professional Horseman Brad Lund of LaCygne, Kansas, scored a 229.5 on the 2008 sorrel mare Genuine And Stylish to take the November 23 junior heading finals at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
By Playin Stylish and out of Genuine Cross Tie by Smart Retsina, the mare is a homebred for Melissa Ann Miller of Belton, Texas.
“I showed this mare at the (National Reined Cow Horse Association) Snaffle Bit Futurity,” Brad said. “She’s been kind of a hard-luck filly as a 3-year-old. Last year, I won fifth on her in the (junior working) cow horse (finals at the 2012 World Show), and we just started roping on her last year. I knew she was a really nice mare.
“We were fortunate enough to draw good tonight and Cory (Koontz of Sedan, Texas,) did a good job roping for me. She was really good tonight.”
Brad has been riding for Melissa for about five years. He was part of the team that rode her stallion, Roo Star, to the AQHA Superhorse title at the 2008 World Show.
“She’s just been not just a great client but a great person to be around,” Brad said.
He added, “Melissa bought this mare’s mother (Genuine Cross Tie by Smart Retsina) pregnant with this mare. This was the first foal that Melissa raised out of this mare’s mother. Now she has several fillies and colts out of her by Roo Star.”
Melissa made the amateur ranch horse pleasure finals on Roo Star.
It’s been a busy World Show for the Lund barn. Brad’s wife, Amy, won third in the amateur ranch horse pleasure and then won the reserve in the open on Little Bunny Fou Fou. Brad won fourth in the senior working cow horse on Richard and Lori Wyman’s Little Doc Lady.
Brad's amateur client, Corey Bender, won the amateur heading With All Eyes On Me, and Lori and Little Doc Lady won the reserve in the amateur working cow horse.
“We’ve been here a little over two weeks now and I’m ready to go home,” he said. “We’ve been busy!
“I need to thank my family (Amy and their son, Garrett) and Melissa Miller – she’s hung with us for a long time. And Cory Koontz, he ropes for me every year and has done a really good job.”
He added, “I love coming back here and competing. We have a lot of friends and the camaraderie among all of us – I just do the roping and the cow horse and it’s a really good group of people. It’s a lot of fun. You get to see a lot of people you don’t get to see throughout the year. I like to compete and see how good we can do.”
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