2011 Select World
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Jon Hershberger and Shining Playboy win the 2011 Select world championship in heeling. (Journal photo)
Jon Hershberger of Glendale, Arizona, was last to go in the heeling finals September 2 at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
And he had a plan.
“I kinda knew to just try to make a good run,” he said. “There were a lot of good runs in that class, but my horse does pretty good in the heeling, so I knew if I could make a run, I had a chance of possibly winning something, and it worked out good.”
Jon has been close but never a world champion at the Adequan Select World. With his son, trainer Jason Hershberger, heading for him, Jon put together a run that put him in the top spot for the first time.
“(It takes a) little bit of luck,” he joked. “You’ve got to be lucky sometimes. I’ve been doing it for 31 years, going to world shows, so I guess it was my turn.”
His mount for his world championship was Shining Playboy, a 1999 palomino gelding by Shining Spark and out of a daughter of Freckles Playboy.
“I’ve owned him for probably three years, and he’s pretty fun to show,” Jon said. “Jason trains my horses for me. This one doesn’t require much.”
Jason’s teamwork on the run made the win memorable, Jon said.
“I won a few reserves and a lot of top 10s over the years but never won a world championship before,” he said. “It’s pretty special to be able to do that. It makes it really special, too, that you can bring your family with you to help you. Jason – we roped together all his life.”