by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Jay Lyn Wadhams of Pueblo, Colorado, rides Kit Brooks to a world championship in junior heeling. (Journal photo)
When AQHA Professional Horseman Gary Wells needs a little help showing a heeling horse, he calls on an old friend, AQHA Professional Horseman Jay Lyn Wadhams of Pueblo, Colorado.
On November 18, that help proved golden as Jay and Kit Brooks collected a world championship in junior heeling at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.
Kit Brooks is a 2006 sorrel gelding by Kit Dual and out of Amanda Starlight by Grays Starlight. He was bred by Rod and Mary Jane Kelley of Millsap, Texas, and is owned by Andy Carrier of Bristol, Tennessee. This is his first World Show.
“I got him (in training) probably a year ago from the Carriers,” Gary says. “They used to have halter horses, and now Andy’s riding cutters. They started that horse in the cutting, but then I got him for a rope horse. He’s been real easy.”
Gary started teaching the horse tie-down roping and heeling.
“Jay is one of my best friends,” Gary says. “He showed a lot of horses for me, and he and (AQHA Professional Horseman) J.D. (Yates) helped me a lot with this horse.”
Jay is known for swapping ends in team roping, and he helps many ropers, often in tandem with J.D.
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“I was helping quite a few people, and I looked over there and saw what steer I had, and I knew that was a good steer, one that I could win it on, because he’s a lot stronger,” Jay says. “It really helps me to draw a steer like that when I’m riding a horse of that caliber. The harder they run, the harder the cattle will hit the end of it when you’re dallied. It’s good for a horse like him, you just feel like you have a really good chance for him. I’d run him two or three times this week helping other people. It just all worked.”
The judges rewarded their efforts with a 228.5, good enough for gold.
Gary says the gelding has the same attitude in and out of the show pen.
“I think we’re going to take him to the stock shows and then show him all next year,” Gary says. “I may head on him a little bit. He’s been really good calf horse, so we may do all three on him, and if Jay’s there, I’m going to get him to show him.”