by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Ruby Dual Pep and Jordan Allyn
It was all smiles at the announcement of the open junior tie-down roping champion in the Jim Norick on November 22.
A very excited Jordan Allyn accepted his first AQHA world championship on 2008 sorrel mare Ruby Dual Pep, aka “Ruby.”
The mare is off of the Chaparrosa Enterprises LP ranch in La Pryor, Texas.
“J.D. (Yates) has ridden horses for them for a long time and won a lot on (their horses),” Jordan explained to the Journal. “They’re here; it’s great.”
The general manager of the ranch and his wife stood nearby holding all of the world champion loot, smiling from ear-to-ear.
They later said they couldn’t believe it.
Their surprise is a mystery because she is surely not the first horse off of that ranch to have success at the World Show, she is one of many.
"She’s bred really well,” Jordan said. “She’s by Dual Pep and out of the mare Ruby Chic OLena. J.D. showed her as a junior horse and won a ton on her. He gave me the opportunity to show her here and I’m thankful that it happened.”
Coming from that pedigree, it is no wonder that she is a champion.
Dual Pep, by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Peppy San Badger, has over $300,000 in National Cutting Horse Association earnings. He has also sired 821 performance horses that have over $22.8 million in NCHA, $44,000 in National Reining Horse Association and $164,000 in National Reined Cow Horse Association earnings, as well as over $143,000 in earnings at the AQHA World Championship Show.
Ruby’s dam, Ruby Chic Olena, was bred at the Lazy E Ranch of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and is by Smart Chic Olena. She has almost $5,000 in AQHA World Show earnings and competed in both ends of the team roping, tie-down, cow horse, halter and all-around.
The mare whom Jordan won on at this year’s World Show is no less talented. She has earned points in not only tie-down roping, but heading, heeling and barrel racing, as well.
Jordan attributed much of his success to the mare’s performance ability.
Even when he drew a little less than ideal calves in the preliminaries, Ruby still worked well and gave him a chance.
Jordan has been competing on her all year in the tie-down roping.
“(Our) preliminary run was good,” Jordan said. “You know, I didn’t get a real good go at my calf. I ran up in there and kind of missed my slack. The calf turned off to the left and I missed my slack. (Ruby) worked the rope well like she always does.”
Once the pair made it to the finals, they drew a little better, which allowed them to secure the world champion win with a score of 226.5.
“It was great,” Jordan beamed. “I had a great calf, had a lot cleaner go at him, got my slack a lot better and she really worked. I probably could’ve gotten my tie a little better. That calf strained a little bit, but she kept the rope tight and I got it tied.”
Jordan was already offering to assist his buddies who were preparing to compete in the heading even before he had made it down the alley of the Gateway of Champions.
He is simply trying to help those who have been pivotal to his own success.
“I thank J.D., he’s been great to me,” Jordan said. “Jay Wadhams and everyone, they’ve been like family to me for the last five years. It’s going to be sad to see them leave, but I hope it works out for the best.”
Jordan plans to strike out on his own next year, hopefully bringing his own horses back to the World Show next year. A world championship could not be a better way to break out.
“You know this has been my first world championship, and I’m going to start going out on my own now so it’s a great thing,” Jordan explained. “That’s my game plan, so hopefully it’ll work out just like this.”
In addition to the tie-down roping, Jordan is also a team roper.
His preference? Heeling.
“Today, it’s calf roping,” Jordan chuckled. “But, usually, I like heeling.”
Jordan graciously accepted congratulations and headed back to the warm-up pen to pitch in for the team roping.
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