Jays Smokin Story – AQHA Champion – it’s official!

jay_rea_headWe’ve always said that SQH is the home of Champions.   Well now it really is! To add to the multiple grand championships and reserve grand championships SQH bred horses have earned in 2014, we’ve had confirmation from AQHA that Jays Smokin Story has been awarded his Open AQHA Champion Award.

This is a huge deal as there are only a handful of horses who win this award worldwide each year, and with Snipper winning his a couple of years ago (and being the oldest horse in AQHA history to win this award).  Jay  has followed on in 2014, and we’ve become perhaps the only breeding facility in the world to stand two stallions with the same award. Added to which, both horses have won the award at a later time in life (Jay is 16 and Snipper was 24 when he won his).  There are not many stallions who are breeding that still come out and compete to win awards like this at an age when a lot of people wouldn’t expect them to still “be going”!.

Jays Smokin Story

Jays Smokin Story

At 16 years old, Jay really hasn’t been shown much over the past few years, he had points in reining, halter and hunter under saddle (yes, David wore jodphurs, although it was such a long time ago hardly any of us can remember it!). Part of the reason for this is a freak paddock accident around 3 years ago where Jay came in from turn out in his paddock unable to lift his head fully.  Xrays revealed he had broken a vertebrae in his neck, apparently it is a reasonably common injury for steeplechase horses who fall, but we still don’t know how Jay did it!    The cure?  Well, it was for Jay to be box rested for nearly 10 months.  He didn’t come out of his stable, his shoes were removed, his feet were trimmed in the stable, he didn’t step foot outside for all that time.   Most horses in these circumstances would get a little tetchy, but not Jay, he remained the same calm horse he always is, a trait he passes on to his offspring.  After all these months and more xrays, it was felt that the bone had repaired as much as it could, and David was told to walk him around.  Now in most people’s horses lives, this would involve sedation as any horse coming out of a box for the first time in months could be excused a little bit of exuberant behaviour.  Not Jay.  again, his fabulous temperament came to the fore, David tacked him up, and walked him around the arena, no drama, no issues…  Jay has been fine ever since!

jay_side_standNow, we knew David was up to something earlier this year when suddenly Jay was entered into some shows, this resulted in his Open Performance Register of Merit being awarded in June.   We still hadn’t twigged to what David was up to (he’s secretive like this!), then at the Fenland August show, with 5 Open AQHA Points in various categories to get David showed Jay in Green Trail, Senior Trail and Ranch Horse Pleasure.  Guess what, he got the necessary 5 points required for his AQHA Championship, which is quite a feat in one weekend.  Then came the wait to see whether we had added up everything correctly.   AQHA rules state

An AQHA Champion title will be awarded in the open division to any stallion, mare or gelding, or in the amateur and youth division to the contestant and his/her horse in their respective division, that earns a total of 35 or more points in AQHA-approved competition or races (for open AQHA champions only), providing that:

  • Points have been won in five or more shows and under five or more different judges;
  • A minimum of 15 of these points have be earned in halter/performance halter classes, with a minimum of eight points being earned during or after the horse’s 2-year-old year. In open division only, at least two grand championships with five or more horses in the sex division must have been earned under two different judges with at least one of them being earned on or after the horse’s 2-year-old year and/or two performance halter champions, with five or more in the class;
  • A minimum of 15 of these points must be earned in performance events with a minimum of five points having been earned in each of at least two categories of performance events.

We did our calculations, and re did them, and then just to be safe, we spoke to AQHA who were pleased to confirm that the AQHA Championship Award is being processed and now David is waiting (reasonably patiently) for the postman to arrive (probably moaning and whingeing) with a very very large parcel which will contain Jays rather large and magnificent AQHA Champion Award trophy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJay is probably the leading sire American Quarter Horses who stands in the UK. Although Jay himself was initially bred to be a reiner, (representing Great Britain on Team GB) he has proved himself very versatile in a number of events (remember, David wore jodphurs once or twice!), As well as competing in AQHA events, he’s been one of our popular demonstration horses going to county shows around the UK, in fact around the world, as he flew to Dubai for one demonstration, promoting the American Quarter Horse, and he’s even competed in Unaffiliated Dressage with David and Sarah’s daughter Amy, qualifying for a winter championship.  His offspring have also proved to be conformationally correct winnng numerous grand and reserve grand championships, as well as earning points in all around events in all divisions.

David says “Jay is a wonderful horse to be around, nothing phases him and we’re very lucky that Pete Bowling of Oasis Quarter Horses made us aware of him when he was a youngster.  Pete thought an awful lot of his sire Master Jay, and when he bought Master Jay, he also bought Jay with us in mind.  Pete has always said that Jay was a horse he should have kept…  sorry Pete, we’re glad you didn’t!”

Sovereign At The British Dressage Championships..

002sqhwebsiteYes, you read that right, however, David and Sarah won’t be donning jodphurs, top hats and tails, but they are joining forces with International Dressage riders Bobby and Paul Hayler to put on two demonstrations (Saturday  20th and Sunday 21st September) at the forthcoming British Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.  This is the second time we’ve been invited to demonstrate, and we were delighted to accept!

Snips Silver Dollar Earns Halter Register of Merit in Open

dollarlrSnips Silver Dollar, who is out of a Snipper daughter and by Jays Smokin Story has earned her AQHA Open Halter Register of Merit.  This mare has been very lightly shown, and is never out of the top two, and is normally Grand or Reserve Grand Champion when shown.  Sovereign Quarter Horses – The Home of Champions

Jays Smokin Story Earns AQHA Open Performance Register of Merit

jay_side_standWe’re really proud that our stallion, Jays Smokin Story has earned his AQHA Open Performance Register of Merit in June 2014.

Jay has been really busy the past few years with his breeding duties, and demonstrations, and hasn’t been shown much.  However, 2014 is his year so far.

After earning his AQHA Performance ROM in Open in June, he just needs 5 points we think to earn his AQHA Champion Award.

Well, at the August Fenland Show, we think he did it, earning 5 points overall in Trail and Ranch Horse Pleasure – we’ve got fingers crossed and our calculators out, and we’re just waiting for confirmation from AQHA.

Just goes to show, although he is best known for reining, he is a true all around horse, (as his offspring are proving) because he has earned points over the years in Trail, Reining, Ranch Horse Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle!

Jays Smokin Story daughter becomes third horse in the UK to win Open Superior Award

HheatherdeneWe are very pleased to announce that the Jays Smokin Story daughter, Jays Dene has earned 50 AQHA points in Open Halter and has been awarded her Open Superior Award by AQHA in the USA.   Jays Dene has been bred, produced and shown by Jackie and David Teideman of Matlock in Derbyshire.  Congratulations!

The interesting thing about this award is that Jays Dene is out of a mare we bred and showed namely Muy Bueno Sovereign (Chunkys Cutie x Mucho Bueno Lynx)  we sold her to the Teidemans a few years ago.  We don’t normally sell our home bred brood mares, but at the time, we had the full sister to this mare Lynx Cute Sovereign.  Both of these mares have produced Open Halter Superior Award Winners, namely Docs Summer Sky (Lynx Cute Sovereign x Sovereign Hobby Doc) and Jays Dene (Muy Bueno Sovereign x Jays Smokin Story).  There have only been three horses to win this award in the UK, all are mares, and two of them are from Sovereign breeding, that’s a pretty good record we think from our long standing breeding programme.  The nice thing is, both these mares aren’t just horses that do well in the halter ring, they are both all around winners, and multiple world show qualifiers in different events.

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Congratulations Sarah and Chexy AQHA Performance Register of Merit

Sovereign at Norfolk Show 019Congratulations to Sarah Deptford with her own 2000 bay mare, Chex Out This Action (by Major Sno Chex out of Judge This Action who have had confirmation from AQHA that they have earned their Open Performance Register of Merit in Reining and Ranch Horse Pleasure.

Sarah and Chexy have only lightly shown for the past couple of years as Sarah as been earning accolades with Dorothy Coleman’s Snippnbelles Star,  and Chexy has been part of the SQH Team demonstrating at County Shows all over the UK during the summer months (the above photo shows Sarah and Chexy proving that reiners do trail too at the Royal Norfolk show). However, when they do show, they are always consistent performers that are a joy to watch.

Congratulations Sarah and Chexy, a well earned reward.

Red and Sarah’s Grand Adventure

redCompetitor Sarah Handley with her horse Smokin Red Dene (out of Redgates Fancy Lady and by Jays Smokin Story) made their AQHA debut in 2013.  At the AQHA UK Spring Show, Sarah was convinced by a great many people to take Red into a Halter class, the first one she’d ever entered.  After the first class, Sarah became hooked on halter!  Winning reserve grand champion later in the summer, at the Fenland show in August Red and Sarah took home two Grand Championships in Halter.   Sarah is a pretty quiet lady, and she wasn’t going to tell many people about their win, so we’ve decided to tell you how well she did!

In the June show, Red and Sarah helped their team (team 2) to victory in the Team Competition winning an awesome custom made Saddle Stand, then at the August show, they went grand.  Red follows in the footsteps of other Jays Smokin Story offspring who prove to be exceptionally quiet and sensible, by competing in the raucous Blue Pleasure class at the WES Championships with Helena Ryan, who sat on Red for the first time at the show.

Interestingly, David worked with Sarah and Red at the WES Welsh Camp in June, and Sarah tells us that when David was teaching Red to stand and showing her some tips, Red calmly picked up his foot and placed it on the end of David’s toe, which made David laugh, as he says Red’s sire, Jays Smokin Story does exactly the same thing!  Like father like son, especially with the Grand Championships!

Classie Jay – A Classie Ranch Horse Champion!

HB4I9454Classie Jay (by Jays Smokin Story) made owner Linda Joynes very happy this summer!   CJ as he is known was bred here at Sovereign and has been trained here at Sovereign since he was a youngster, a British Futurity Champion in Reining, this summer he has been with the SQH demonstrating at County shows throughout the UK.  Featured in one of David’s articles in East Anglia Rider, CJ has started to get his own fan club!

With a winning pedigree and established winning record in reining, David thought this year that he’d introduce CJ to Ranch Horse Pleasure which culminated in winning the Fenland Ranch Horse Pleasure Championship sponsored by Tailgator.  His final run in show four saw him earn at whopping 76 score!  Judge Joe Hayes from the USA commented that it was one of the nicest Ranch Horse Pleasure runs he’d seen!

Jays Dene – Showmanship Champion

HB4I9195Congratulations to Jackie Teideman and Jays Dene (by Jays Smokin Story out of Muy Bueno Lynx – bred by David Deptford) for winning the recent Novice Amateur Showmanship Championship sponsored by Rhinestone Clothing.

Jackie and Jay are a winning combination in all events, being former British Champions in Amateur Western Pleasure, as well as earning their Halter Register of Merits in both Amateur and Open, with All Around Awards to their name too.