Region Nine: Day Two

The regional championship all-around winner celebrates her anniversary in western style.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
March 27, 2013

No Trouble Mac and Sidney Dunham

No Trouble Mac and Sidney Dunham win the all-around novice youth title March 24 at the Region Nine Championship in West Monroe, Louisiana. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) Scroll to the slide show at the bottom of the page for more photos.

Happy anniversary, Ann Baker.

The longtime AQHA competitor celebrated her first anniversary in style March 24 at the 2013 Region Nine Championship in West Monroe, Louisiana, winning the amateur all-around TexTan saddle presented by Markel Insurance.

“I have won a couple of saddles before, but I think this is more important,” Ann said. “I haven’t done it in a long time, and for it to be on my first anniversary it means a lot. And it’s my parents’ 61st anniversary also, so this has been a good day.”

Ann’s partner in her good day was Im On Rolex Time, a 2004 sorrel gelding by Zippos Gold Rolex and out of Snuggles N Hugs by Zippos Old Gold. He was bred by Richard and Charlen McBride of Burleson, Texas, and Ann bought him as a long yearling.

“I’ve done all the training on him,” said the Texarkana, Texas, resident. “I’ve had help here and there from great friends and great trainers. I’ve been blessed with him.”

It was just a year ago that Ann got married and her new husband, Glenn Jones, got an inkling of what he was in for right after the ceremony.

“On our honeymoon, instead, we turned around the following weekend and went to a horse show,” Glenn said. “And this past Valentine’s Day, we went to a horse show. This year, she said, ‘You’re sure for our anniversary, you want to go to a horse show?’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s great.’ There’s no place I’d rather be than with her doing this.”

The Region Nine Championship was March 23-24. Mark Harrell Horse Shows ran the show in conjunction with the Louisiana Quarter Horse Association Spring Show. Ann hopes that during the show, she earned enough points to come just a little closer to her summer goal: a Superior for Im On Rolex Time.

“I haven’t shown this many classes in quite a while,” Ann said. “I usually do trail and western riding, and so this was just go-for-it-all. He really came through for me and I’m proud of him.”

While Ann concentrates on practice and training, Glenn has been forging a different relationship with “Troy” – named for former Dallas Cowboys football player Troy Aikman. When Ann and Troy quit practicing, the cute sorrel makes his way to Glenn for ear rubs.

“He’s a great horse,” Glenn said. “(Ann and I) got involved about two years ago. We’ve known each other for a while because we work together at a lab in a medical facility. I told her I had no idea that a 1,500 pound animal would become one of my best friends.”

The all-around winners who will receive TexTan saddles from Markel are:

Novice Amateur – Martha Cole of Hallsville, Texas, riding Summers Old Gold,  a 2001 sorrel gelding by Zippos Old Gold-Gold Summer Flower by Some Kinda Flower, bred by Andrea Skeel of Grandview, Texas

Amateur – Ann Baker of Texarkana, Texas, and Im On Rolex Time a 2004 sorrel gelding by Zippos Gold Rolex and out of Snuggles N Hugs by Zippos Old Gold

Novice Youth – Sidney Dunham of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and No Trouble Mac, a 2001 bay gelding by Macsinsneakers-JDs Array Of Lac by JD Concluded, bred by Raymond and Jana Lower of Williamsburg, Iowa

Youth – Jane Hunter of White Hall, Arkansas, and Talkin Too Sweet, a 2005 sorrel gelding by Sweet Talkin Chip-That Special Glow by Southern Pleasure, bred by David Ray Perry of Ward, Arkansas

Journal Coverage from the Region Nine Championship

  • Day One – Fun times kick off the first AQHA Regional Championship of 2013.
  • Day Two – The regional championship all-around winner celebrates her anniversary in western style.