Top RHB at Youth World

Wild Card Jackson is Top RHB Horse at Built Ford Tough World.

Ranch Horse Journal

Wild Card Jackson. PHOTO: AQHA Media

Ranching Heritage-bred horses performed strongly at the 2017 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in August in Oklahoma City.

In total, there were 36 Ranching Heritage-bred horses performing, a jump of 45 percent from the prior year.

This year, the top Ranching Heritage-bred horse was Wild Card Jackson, shown to a world champion title in ranch riding by Gracelyn Jacobs of Montgomery, Texas.

The palomino gelding, owned by Gracelyn’s grandparents, Larry and Beverly Jacobs, is by Wild Card Dun It and out of Cols Lil Amy by Cols Lil Pepper. The 11-year-old was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Waters of Utopia, Texas.

 As the top Ranching Heritage-bred horse of the show, he earned a $250 cash prize for both his owner and breeder, as well as a trophy marking the accomplishment.

Ranching Heritage-bred horses will be eligible for these same prizes at the upcoming 2017 Adequan® Select and Lucas Oil AQHA world championship shows.

Wild Card Jackson has an accomplished career in both Versatility Ranch Horse and Stock Horse of Texas competition. The horse earlier this year was third at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, with a victory in the individual ranch cow work class. He has other World Show top-10 placings at the Zoetis VRH World and Ford Youth World in ranch riding, as well as SHTX year-end champion and reserve champion placings. He has earned more than $4,000 in combined earnings in SHTX, National Reined Cow Horse Association and AQHA competition.

The pair were also Level 2 reserve champions in cutting, finishing ninth in the class.

Other Ranching Heritage-bred horses made their mark as well:

  • Bobbie Can Do (Cat Man Do-Bo Bobbie Socks by Mr Sorrel Bo, bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate) – owned and shown by Sidney Dunkel of Archer City, Texas – reserve world champion in ranch riding
  • A Red Bird (Sixes Pick-Lanark Lady (TB) by Rare Performer, bred by Burnett Ranches Ltd.) – owned by Bart Taylor, shown by Samantha Taylor – champion in Level 3 13-&-Under jumping
  • HR Dry Smart Jewel (Docs Lightning Rod-Roses Red Jewel by Acres Of Roses, bred by Marc Higgs) – owned and shown by Abigail Gay of Versailles, Kentucky – RHB Young Horse Development participants, Level 2 reserve champion yearling fillies

Top-10 finishes include:

  • Blue Bottom Tom and Jose Augusto Cedeno Pares in cutting
  • Doctor J Stik and Jasper Patrick in boxing
  • Guns R Spooky and Mattie Gustin in reining
  • Jelly Tracks and Lawcyn Leighann Bledsoe in team penning
  • Mo Betta Cat and Cali Brookshire in team penning and ranch sorting
  • Nic The Wrangler and Jesse Spence in cutting
  • Starbert Roy Gilroy and Sawyer Kelley Seago in breakaway roping
  • Smart Kwackin Boon and Benjamin Self in boxing

Top-15 finishes include:

  • Survive These Lips and Trevor Hale in working cow horse and heading
  • Shinerbock Nic and Anderson Gillespie in boxing

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