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Dr. Lon Lemon secured yet another world champion title at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show on his mare HA Jackie The Gypsy.

Dr. Lon Lemon and HA Jackie The Gypsy

Dr. Lon Lemon and HA Jackie The Gypsy

The Doc is at it again at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. Small-animal veterinarian Dr. Lon Lemon secured his seventh world championship title on his horse HA Jackie The Gypsy.

Lon qualified in both the heading and the heeling at the show this year, making it his ninth trip to the Adequan Select World and 35th AQHA world show. But, it was his run in the heading that led him to the winners circle this year.

“My first was in 1982, I’ve been here probably nine years in a row,” said Lon.

The cattle were fresh in the preliminary round, but that didn’t seem to faze Lon or his mare. He was focused on getting one caught to make the finals.

“I go into this thing with the idea that I’ve got to catch every one, whatever I draw, try to react to the cow. I was very fortunate to focus and get it done. Fortunately, I have a little bit of experience at the world show. I think it makes it a little easier for me,” said Lon.  

In AQHA competition, the heading isn’t necessarily about the speed of the run so much as it is about how well the horse works. Score, rate, handle and face are all important, which makes the rider’s job that much more important. If the rider can’t get his steer caught then he can’t show off his horse’s abilities. And this year, the mare proved herself deserving of a world champion title.

“It’s great. Really, it’s for the horse. This is a really nice horse. So it’s special to get it for that,” said Lon.

The 7-year-old sorrel mare is out of Bar J Jackie and by Starlight Gypsy, and lives up to the expectations of her breeding. Her sire traces to Peppy San Badger and King Fritz. Her dam, Bar J Jackie, is a multiple high-point winner in tie-down and both ends of the team roping. She was also a world champion senior heeler in 1994 and world champion senior header in 1995.

Lon usually raises his own prospects, but he bought this mare. He just couldn’t walk away when a friend offered her to him.
 
“I drove away going, ‘I don’t need to do that,’ so I gave her to my wife. That’s the way I could buy her, I justified it by giving it to my wife,” he chuckled.

His wife ropes, too, and plans to make a run at the Select world championship in the future.

He said of the mare and her training, “I’ve done some of (the work) on the horse. Jason Hershberger did some. (AQHA Professional Horseman) Steve Orth is a really big help. He helped me here, he helped me finish him,” said Lon.

He has so many world shows under his belt that he has decided to forgo the AQHA world show in Oklahoma City in November. He said the timing is a lot tougher and he just likes the environment of Select.

“It seems like being here at Amarillo, at the Select world, it’s a lot more laid-back environment. I meet a lot of really nice people. We know most of the ropers we compete against,” said Lon, “and it’s just a better time of year.”

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