Jerry Wells Halter Futurity

Kathy Willams and Intended Too win the best-of-show title at the 2015 Jerry Wells Memorial Scholarship Futurity in Oklahoma City.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Kathy Williams and Intended Too were best-of-show at the 2015 Jerry Wells Memorial Scholarship Futurity. (Credit: Journal)

Kathy Williams and Intended Too were the best-of-show May 30 at the 2015 Jerry Wells Memorial Scholarship Futurity. The event is held during the Redbud Spectacular in Oklahoma City.

Intended Too is a 2014 sorrel filly by My Intention and out of BBS Prissy Girl by Mr Preclusive. She was bred by Chris and Amy Page of Independence, Missouri, and is owned by Kathy's husband, David.

Intended Too beat out more than 30 other weanling fillies to be the open world champion weanling filly at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show.

Delighted with her win at the 2015 Jerry Wells Memorial Scholarship Futurity, Kathy said her husband, David, decides where the mare is going to be shown.

"I just go show her," said Kathy, who is fairly new to showing, but confesses to running away from home as a child because her parents wouldn't buy her a horse. "No, they didn't buy me a horse when I came back from running away. But growing up, I had access to horses and was able to ride."

This was the seventh year for the Jerry Wells Memorial Scholarship Futurity, which honors the late halter breeder, trainer and exhibitor.

"All of the people who come here to show were his friends and collegues ... it was the circle of people that we were apart of," said Jerry's daughter, Nancy Wells. "It's a sentimental futurity and we get a little emotional about it. The number of halter horses has decreased, but we are pleased and blessed that people continue to come and support this event.

"(Mom) has a passion because she works on this event the whole year," Nancy said. "She told me today, 'Oh, I wish I could find someone to manage this event and I could just come and watch it.' And I said, 'There is no way you could sit on the sidelines for this kind of an event, Mom.'

"When my dad did something, we always did it big, so that's how she wants to do this," Nancy said.

Betty Wells, the wife of the late Jerry Wells, is on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and had been part of the committee that has managed OkQHA futurities in the past.

"We started this futurity to honor my late husband, and we take 10 percent of the entry fees for a scholarship fund," Betty explained.

That scholarship money goes to fund two scholarships a year - one for a boy and one for a girl - who are OkQHA youth members.

"We've been focusing on trying to get more kids involved in halter," Betty added. "So we hope our limited division will help lure those kids into the industry."

Betty said the event is a lot of fun to put on.

"We really appreciate the sponsors and the volunteers."

Journal Coverage of the Redbud Spectacular

  • June 1 – The 2015 Redbud Spectacular checks in with more than 15,000 entries and millions in revenue for the Oklahoma City economy.
  • May 31 – Crutches and a sore foot didn't stop Gena Johnson from showing at the 2015 Redbud Spectacular.
  • Jerry Wells Halter Futurity – Kathy Willams and Intended Too win the best-of-show title at the 2015 Jerry Wells Memorial Scholarship Futurity in Oklahoma City.