angle-left A Dynamic Dam's Descendants Compete at Adequan Select World

A Dynamic Dam's Descendants Compete at Adequan® Select World

At least six grandchildren of Miss Surely Bars are competing at the 2019 Adequan® Select World Championship Show.
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In 2018, the Journal recognized Miss Surely Bars as a Dynamic Dam, one who both performed and produced.

Miss Surely Bars is in the pedigrees of at least six horses competing at the 2019 Adequan® Select World Championship Show.

  • A Presidential Veto, owned by Kim and Nadine Hibdon of Olathe, Kansas, and shown by Kim

  • Colman, owned and shown by Linda Ball Sargent of Eustis, Florida

  • Donerepeatinmouself, owned and shown by Patti Greene of Dyersburg, Tennessee

  • Nothing More Certain, owned and shown by Elizabeth Gawron of Santa Rosa, California

  • UF A Certain Star, owned and shown by Gayle Scharf of Gretna, Nebraska

  • UF Certainly A Priss, owned and shown by Carla Townsley of Pilot Point, Texas

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Surely A Diva

By Richard Chamberlain

Some girls surely are special. Sometimes you surely know it.

Miss Surely Bars was special.

“It was her beauty that set her above the rest,” says Joan Logan Schroeder, the last owner of the Sure Intimidation mare. “Her conformation was outstanding.  She was extremely pretty headed and had a great big, kind eye. Her withers sat perfectly on top of shoulders that tied into her short, strong back, which carried down through her hocks, and this is what I look for in a performance horse. Her beauty, her movement, her grace – Miss Surely Bars was a great mare. The way she carried herself made her different from the majority. She knew she was good. And she wanted other people to know that, too – absolutely.”

Bred by Jerry Beck of Spencer, Iowa, Miss Surely Bars was foaled in 1990 out of the King Benjiman mare Miss Monique Bars. The bay mare produced 28 foals, with 21 of those earning – so far – more than 1,370 points in AQHA shows and 14 bringing home 22 Registers of Merit in open, amateur and youth competition. Two of Miss Surely Bars’ point-earners are the successful stallions Certain Potential and Presidential Order, full brothers by Potential Investment.

Miss Surely Bars was herself successful in the show ring, with 135 points in halter, western riding and western pleasure. Ninety-four of the mare’s amateur points were amassed with Jane Wilhite in the saddle. Jane and her husband, the late Mike Wilhite, bought Miss Surely Bars at the end of her 2-year-old year, says AQHA judge Steve Heckaman of Aubrey, Texas, who at that time was training for the Wilhites.

“She had been second in junior pleasure at the All American Quarter Horse Congress as a 2-year-old and had done well in 2-year-old futurities,” he remembers. “We bought her for Jane as an amateur pleasure horse, a 3-year-old futurity horse for me to ride and a broodmare prospect. She checked a lot of boxes for us.”

Jane and Mike shared a passion for horses, Mike as an amateur in AQHA roping events and Jane showing Miss Surely Bars and another great mare, Fancy Career, in amateur western pleasure from their ranch in Henderson, Texas.  

Miss Surely Bars was an amazing mare, Steve says.

“She had a phenomenal feel and expression,” he says. “Her ears were always straight up. Sometimes she was tricky to get ready, but once you got her ready, she was always worth the effort because she didn’t let us down in the show pen.”

Miss Surely Bars was shown at the AQHA World Championship Show from 1993 until 1998, and she always placed in the top 10. In 1997 and 1998, though, she was a top-five finisher in senior western riding. By the time she was retired to the broodmare band, she had earned $21,577 on her own behalf.

 “She had full extension of her legs,” Steve says. “She loped out of her top line and left her legs all straight. She was such a strong mover that the trick was to get her head and neck steady and get her to balance.”

“After Jane finished showing Miss Surely Bars, the Wilhites bred her to Potential Investment, with great success,” Joan says. “As they grew older and needed someone to manage their mares, Mike and Jane entrusted me with ‘Surely’ and Fancy Career, another great show mare that also turned out to be a great broodmare. ‘Fancy’ was the dam of Potential Career (a 1996 stallion by Potential Investment), who has sired some great horses as well.”

Miss Surely Bars’ first foal came in 1995, a filly by Zippo Pine Bar. In all, she produced 28 foals that have earned more than $236,000, according to Robin Glenn Pedigrees. Of those foals, 16 have been money-earners.

Her foals earned 1,460 points in AQHA competition.

Miss Surely Bars was a bit of an outcross for the pleasure industry, Steve points out. Sure Intimidation was from halter bloodlines, while Miss Monique Bars was from cutting lines. The fact that Miss Surely Bars was successful in the show ring was one thing – but to pass on that ability was something else, he says, and the talent has extended into the next generation.

“That first filly by Zippo Pine Bar went into the broodmare band, and she’s the mother of Miss Potential Zip, who won the world championship in Select western pleasure with Ann Admonius in 2005,” Steve says.

Miss Surely Bars was a strong breeder, Joan agrees, pointing out that 20 performers out of 28 foals is proof of strong genes.

“Any mare, in this day and time, that has those kind of numbers speak volumes of her soundness, of her characteristics, of her conformation, that she shared with her offspring,” Joan says.

Picking the mare’s best, Joan notes, would be hard to do. She takes a stab at it:

“Certain Potential: Not only was he a beautiful winning show horse, but what he has done for the industry with his siring ability – it was a magic cross between Miss Surely Bars and Potential Investment, with Doc’s Hotrodder and Doc Bar in there. ‘Surely’ was just gorgeous, with that beautiful eye and a lot of width between her eyes, and Certain Potential mirrored her in looks. And Presidential Order certainly has made his mark in the show and breeding industry.”

Certain Potential is Miss Surely Bars’ 1996 son by Potential Investment. To date, his offspring have earned $2.2 million and nine AQHA world championships. Presidential Order is Miss Surely Bars’ 2002 son by Potential Investment. His offspring have earned more than $88,000, according to Robin Glenn Pedigrees.

Miss Surely Bars also proved a successful match with Joan’s homebred stallion Blazing Hot, a 25-year-old son of Hotrodders Jet Set, producing six ROM earners by Blazing Hot and another four by his son Born To Be Blazing. One of her best is the 2008 Blazing Hot mare Sure A Pretty Blaze, a multiple national western pleasure champion in Australia. Joan and the Wilhites also bred Blazing Hot to Miss Surely Bars’ Zippo Pine Bar daughter Surely Sheza Zippo to produce Sure Am Hot, who twice brought home AQHA reserve world championships and at more than $168,000 is one of NSBA’s all-time leading money-earners.

“Miss Surely Bars was not hot – she was a great show mare – but she had a little more spunk, a little more spring in her step, where Blazing Hot’s line had a little bit more of the work ethic and strong heart,” Joan says. “Taking those weaknesses and strengths and combining them made a magic cross.”

Joan never rode Miss Surely Bars in a show pen. But she says she was “fortunate enough to have her the last 15 years of her life. I couldn’t have afforded that kind of mare, so I could not have done it without Mike and Jane Wilhite. I will forever be grateful and love them for trusting in me and giving me that opportunity.”

The opportunity also included sharing ownership of Fancy Career, a 1986 daughter of Levi Zipper and an Impressive Too mare. Surely lived to age 24, Fancy to 21.

“They went together like the Golden Girls,” she says. “I would lead them out of the stalls together, they had their own pasture together, they were inseparable.”

And both are memorable.

 “I would say that what sets some animals and some people apart is the way they carry themselves,” Joan reflects. “That was Fancy and Surely. Especially Miss Surely Bars – she just had an air about her, that special walk, that special attitude, that set her above the rest. What do they call those girls nowadays – divas? They know they’re better than everybody else. Miss Surely Bars had that. That was how she walked her life.”