Second Career Star: Sheza Peasa Pie
Approaching her second decade, this runner is still at the World level.
By Andrea Caudill | September 26, 2014
Running fast? That’s a piece of cake for Sheza Peasa Pie.
The 19-year-old daughter of Pie In The Sky served time on the track before moving on to a career in barrel racing, which she is still doing to great success for the Shultz family of Abilene, Texas.
Sheza Peasa Pie, better known as “Skinny” to her friends, was bred in Louisiana by L/J Farms Inc of Alexandria, Louisiana. Her sire won the 1979 All American Futurity and earned $616,328 in his championship racing career. The son of Easy Jet would go on to sire the earners of more than $8.5 million. Dam Lilojabo, a daughter of Truckle Feature, won or placed in 15 of 22 career starts.
Skinny herself began her racing career in her home state as a freshman. She broke her maiden in her third start, but would end her racing career at the end of the year, having made eight starts and earning $2,145.
She came off the trailer to begin her second career a bit underweight – hence her nickname – but would soon blossom at her new job as a barrel horse.
The Shultz family is active in rodeo and barrel racing. They bought Skinny in 2012 from Aimee Kay, who owned the mare for many years. In 1999, Kay rode the mare to earn her performance Register of Merit and in 2000 was ninth in the nation for high-point in junior barrel racing. The mare’s Superior in barrel racing quickly followed in 2001.
“She won quite a bit, and earned barrel futurity money,” said owner Jennifer Shultz. “She went on to the IPRA (International Pro Rodeo Association) finals and did real well there as well.”
Shultz bought the mare initially for her oldest daughter, Jaxon, who in 2013 rode the mare to finish sixth in the national year-end high point for youth barrel racing.
Despite their success, Jaxon and Skinny did not find quite enough chemistry together. The magic happened when younger daughter, Biloxi, swung aboard.
“It was an automatic fit,” Jennifer said. “Biloxi has won everything she’s gone to.”
That includes major wins and placings at San Antonio, which gave the 9-year-old girl a $10,000 college scholarship; Fort Worth; and in July a fifth-place finish in barrel racing at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
Skinny has earned 99 points in AQHA competition, in addition to her rodeo and barrel futurity earnings.
“She definitely has a big personality,” Jennifer says of the mare. “She’s one of the few that can act bad and get away with it, because she does such a good job in the arena. She walks all over you. She has a beautiful face, dark eyes, and long mane, and she loves treats.”
The mare has five registered foals, all intended for or currently competing in barrel racing. Her youngest is a yearling by Dash Ta Fame named LK Big Rig.
While Skinny has some age, her owner says that a lifetime of good care has kept the mare’s health at a peak.
“She doesn’t act like a 19-year-old mare,” Jennifer says. “She’s an athlete, and we take care of her like an athlete. We save her for the big places, and she knows her job. She loves to go out there and make a run, and it’s fun to watch.”
They plan to continue running her selectively, and to continue breeding her.
“Everything in my barn is literally 20 years or older,” Jennifer says. “I think a lot of people discount these older horses when they shouldn’t. These are the horses that give a lot of knowledge to our kids, and make them better riders and athletes. Yes, they’re not going to last as long, and may require some maintenance, but they have a lot to give. In our case, we have eight of them in the range of 19-25 years, and I’d put them up against anything.”
And Sheza Peasa Pie is holding her own.
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