by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Four roping trophies are headed to Wisconsin.
On November 9, Jim Bound of Fort Atkinson went 1-2, 1-2 in amateur tie-down roping and breakaway roping at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
With Bound To Whiz, a 2005 red dun gelding, Jim claimed two world championship gold trophies. With In The Nic Of Shine, a 2006 black gelding, Jim claimed two reserve world championship silver trophies.
“I want the same thing in every horse,” Jim says, “A good mind (on a horse) that can run collected and stop, and when I ask them to do something, they say ‘yes, ma’am, yes, sir.’”
Bound To Whiz now has three world championships for 2011. Jim’s son, Colton, won a gold trophy on the horse in heading at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in August.
“Colton worked him most of the summer,” Jim says. “He really likes that horse, and he took him to the (Ford) Youth World and after (the Ford) Youth World, I’ve been riding him.”
Jim had three horses returning to the finals in both classes.
“I thought my yellow horse really worked well the other night,” Jim says. “She won the prelims by a pretty good margin, and I thought she was going to be my hammer, but I didn’t draw the calf that she really liked.”
The red dun drew a calf that Jim didn’t care for, but with nothing to lose – “I let that horse roll, and he really worked.”
In tie-down roping, Jim and Bound To Whiz were at the top of all five judges’ cards, scoring a 227 total. In breakaway roping, they stopped the clock in 2.150 seconds for the win.
Jim bred Bound To Whiz with a few specific goals in mind, and one of them was winning a world championship.
“I’ve been six years getting that (red dun) ready, and five years getting the black one ready, and that’s what we came here for,” he says. “We’re trying to upgrade the roping horses. (Their sires are) good performance horses with a little style. We try to put some look on (roping horses), and the reiners have it down pat, and I’m going to try to raise the bar.”
Jim and his horses will return to defend their titles in 2012, he says.
“I’ve been 52 years getting a world championship,” he jokes. “Now if I gotta go another 52, I’ll be pretty old.”
Jim Bound takes his victory lap on Bound To Whiz after winning tie-down roping November 9. (Journal photo)