by Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Lika Lectric and Jay Lyn Wadhams loop a 227 and the senior heading world championship at the 2013 AQHA World Show. (Journal photo)
When you hear the name “Jay Lyn Wadhams,” AQHA world titles come right to mind. Yet surprisingly, the Pueblo, Colorado, roper’s gold trophies have come in heeling and tie-down roping, leaving his heading world championship count at zip.
That all changed November 22 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, when Jay charged out of the heading box, threw out a big loop, caught his hard-running steer, turned and faced for a score of 227 aboard Lika Lectric.
“I had a steer that run a little bit, and I didn’t know that, and I was off the barrier a little bit and running down there,” Jay told the Journal. “When you get to going that fast, the horses that will really slide, they show better, they work better, and things are going faster. It just all happens real snappy, and that’s what you want. When you have a steer thats just real doggy and slow, nothing flows real easy. When everything is going fast, it’s just way easier to show them.”
Imparting a bit of roping wisdom, Jay added, “When you’re showing horses, you want the worst steer in the herd, the hardest-running steer in the herd so you can get them shown to the best of their ability.”
And show Lika Lectric to the best of his ability Jay did. Just like that, Jay and the 1999 sorrel gelding secured themselves their first heading world championships.
Lika Lectric was fresh off a heeling reserve world title from the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. He won the award with owner Frederick “Butchy” Levell III at the wheel. Despite his decorated career, the senior heading feat was actually Lika Lectric’s first world championship, period.
Winning seems to be in Lika Lectric’s family tree. Bred by Anke Frolje of Elsleth, Germany, Lika Lectric is by Lectric Playboy and out of the Doc O’Lena daughter SR Jaguar. SR Jaguar, a 1990 sorrel mare, was an AQHA World Show qualifier in junior cutting and earned $8,375 in National Cutting Horse Association competition.
And now SR Jaguar is proving herself as a broodmare. Her offspring have earned 447 points collectively, nearly $51,000 in NCHA earnings, as well as a considerable amount of money with the National Reining Horse and National Reined Cow Horse associations. And we’re not even talking accolades yet. Aside from Lika Lectric, SR Jaguar produced Two Kitties (by Smooth As A Cat) the 2012 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity intermediate non-pro champion and non-pro reserve, who also won the 2013 NRCHA Stakes and Hackamore Classic non-pro titles.
“He’s a great horse; he’s been around for a while,” Jay said of Lika Lectric. “(AQHA Professional Horseman) Jeff Straight and his customers purchased Lika Lectric from (AQHA Professional Horseman) Al Dunning last December for Butchy Levell to show in the youth. And I was the lucky one who got to show him here in the open.
“He’s a good horse, so I expect Butchy to do a lot of good things with him as a youth horse.”
Speaking of Butchy ... one 15-year-old’s Christmas is off to a pretty phenomenal start. Not only is Butchy hauling an AQHA gold trophy back home to Omaha, Nebraska, but a new horse, as well.
Finishing fourth in senior heading and a finalist in senior heeling, Little Jerry Lee was recently added to Butchy’s herd.
“Butchy’s wanted that horse for a year or so now; he’s always had his eye on him,” Jay explained. “His father, Butch, came and purchased the horse and we just all kept it a secret between everybody.”
Jay’s cousin, AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates, showed Little Jerry Lee to his Friday night success. During the senior heeling finals, Butchy rode forward on Little Jerry Lee to accept the gelding’s finalist ribbon, thinking he was doing J.D., who showed three horses in the senior heeling finals, a favor by accepting the award. That’s when World Show announcer Darren Moore let Butchy in on the little secret.
Truly, an AQHA world championship and a new horse in one night? That’s a far cry better than the lump of coal most kids are threatened with.
“I asked Butchy when we were taking pictures, ‘Did you have any idea?’ And he said, ‘No, I had no idea,’ ” Jay shared, chuckling.
“He’s a pretty lucky young man.”
It's your moment; make it last forever! Videos of individual runs and class finals from the AQHA World Championship Show are available for purchase at www.aqha.com/mymoment. Plus, you can watch AQHA World Show video footage 24/7. This new service is optimized for Internet Explorer 10, Safari and most mobile Web browsers.