2011 Select World
by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Chris Jensen of Lance Creek, Wyoming, was determined to turn around his roping finals appearance at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
The returning Select heading champion, Chris qualified both Playzorro (his heading champ) and Master Hot Chex for the September 2 tie-down and breakaway finals. The tie-down went first – and Chris rode out 13th on Playzorro, and 14th on Master Hot Chex, aka “Yeller.”
A short 15 breakaway goes later, Chris rode out with the world championship – on Yeller – and the reserve – on Playzorro. His wife, Jennifer, was in the stands to cheer him on.
“I knew how the calves were running from yesterday’s goes, so I tried to get out just as quick as I could and get them caught,” Chris told the Journal. “I was fortunate to have enough horse power to do that both trips.
“It was fun to come back in the breakaway and redeem myself,” he added. “That’s a good feeling.” He laughed, “It was a tough competition and I just feel fortunate to do that.”
Chris bought both horses through the Pitzer Ranch Sale: “They fit my bill.” Yeller, a 2004 gelding, is by ER Hot Chex and out of Debs Two ID Red by Two ID Bartender. Playzorro is a 2002 stallion by Playgun and out of Texzorra by Texas Kicker, bred by Dick Pieper of Marietta, Oklahoma.
“(Yeller) has lots of speed, lots of talent, and has been coming along,” he said. “You can see I’ve kind of reaped the peak right now. They are well-bred, well-mannered horses that I can do a lot of things on. I’m really proud of them.”
He smiled and added: “They are both multi-talented and fit me extremely well. It’s an old cowboy saying – those two horses fit me so good, they make my butt smile.”
Chris has an oilfield construction business and takes care of his horses in the evenings. Chris and Jennifer raise them under the name of Jensen Quarter Horses.
“I have a number of mares that I breed (Playzorro) to, and we’re raising some nice horses. In fact, all my mares are daughters of world champions….. I’ve got a son of my stud that I’ll start showing this year, and some more young ones coming up.”
You can bet we’ll see Chris back again at the Adequan Select World.
“It’s a lot of fun and (there are) a lot of great people here and competition is tough, you’ve got to kind of bring your A game. It’s a lot of fun and stiff competition.”
Chris Jensen of Lance Creek, Wyoming, and Master Hot Chex win the 2011 Select world championship in breakaway roping; Chris also won the reserve on Playzorro. (Journal photo)