by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
James Tan of Sherman, Texas, experienced the ultimate pride in winning his first halter world championship, winning with a homebred.
November 6, he led Righteous Endeavor to the amateur weanling geldings world championship at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.
James and his brother, John (of Dallas), partner in their horses; the gelding is in John’s name.
“At our first World Show (in 2005), we had (this gelding’s) mom (Fancy Me A Cool Kid, by Im Kiddin) in the weanling fillies, and she was a finalist,” James says. “And we’ve bred a couple of horses to her.
“(AQHA Professional Horseman) Kathy and Lonn Smallwood, and my brother and I own a stallion, (this gelding’s) sire, Righteous Mister. “So we are really excited! It’s the first (world championship for) our breeding program!”
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Righteous Mister is a 2005 son of Mr Yella Fella and out of Cool Innocence by Coolest. Out of multiple world championship-earning parents, he himself was the 2005 world champion open and amateur weanling stallion.
The Tan brothers used to show horses “a long, long time ago,” James says.
“Now, 50 pounds and 35 years later, my brother said he wanted to go back into it and here we are. He’s in the medical field and likes doing the genetics on the breedings so he takes care of that, and I show the horses.
“It’s a good partnership, and with the Smallwoods, it’s an awesome partnership.”
James had several family members in the stands cheering him on: His wife, Lexie, his daughter and son, mother-in-law, and John and his family. It was John’s family’s first time to come to a World Show.
“It’s an awesome experience,” he says. “We thank AQHA for having the show.”
He added: “I like showing the babies because I don’t think about anything else but keeping them calm, keeping me calm. It’s easier.
“I don’t feel like you have to win, I just feel like (you just want them) to have a good experience. And that’s what makes it so much easier for me to show a baby. It’s an attitude thing.”
James Tan showed his homebred Righteous Endeavor to the 2011 AQHA world championship in amateur weanling geldings.