Sid Miller takes a victory lap on Big Wonder Ofa Gem after winning tie-down roping September 2 at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
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by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
By now, most folks in the roping world have heard of Big Smokin Wonder, aka “Pearl.”
For owner Sid Miller of Stephenville, Texas, she has won a couple of world championships in AQHA competition along with about $22,000. On the rodeo circuit, she has been named horse of the year.
Well, Pearl might have a little competition now – from her little sister.
Pearl is a 1997 sorrel mare by Big As I Am and out of Lucky Smokin Jade by Lucky Captain Jess. She was bred by J and D Quarter Horse Farm in Hico, Texas. Big Wonder Ofa Gem is the 2006 model of the same cross.
On September 2, she carried Sid to the world championship in tie-down roping at the Adequan Select World Championship Show.
“This is the first time I’ve shown her (at a world show),” Sid said. “She’s young. The first time I showed her was this spring. I got her qualified for (the Adequan Select World). Thought we’d come out. Didn’t know if she was really ready or not but she shined today.”
For the Adequan Select World finals run, Sid and his “Jewel” scored a 218.
“It was one of the toughest calves in the pen and really ran hard,” Sid said. “I had to run that calf three-quarters of the way down the pen and she picked it up and really hung on. I was proud of her.”
In addition to winning the world championship, Sid was also third with his other horse, Big Quincy Dan, a 2006 red dun gelding Sid bred himself.
“They’re both young horses,” he said. “I didn’t have high expectations because they’re so green, but I was well-pleased. I had a first and a third in the tie-down. That came out well.”
Sid’s next stop is the AQHA World Championship Show, but he has a fondness for the Adequan Select World.
“It’s a little more laid back,” he said. “We encourage each other, and it’s just a lot of fun to show – fellowship and fun.”