by Alexis BennettThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Corey Bender and With All Eyes On Me
Corey Bender proved to be a humble winner after securing his first world title in amateur heading on November 15, at the 2013 AQHA world championship show.
“I’ve seen a lot of these horses the last couple of years,” Corey said. “There’s some really, really good horses here. Just to make the finals, I felt really lucky.”
He wasn’t the only one who was excited and surprised by the win. Braden Bender, Corey’s 7-year-old son, exclaimed “I can’t believe you won!”
Corey laughed and said, “Me too.”
This is the second world title for the 7-year-old AQHA gelding, With All Eyes On Me, who is by With All Probability and out of Two Eyed Lady Buck by Two Eyed Red Buck.
AQHA Professional Horseman “Brad Lund won in 2011 in the open,” Corey said. “He’s just one of those horses that really want to please you. He’s just fun to have around.”
He’s been working with Brad Lund and his wife to develop his riding and roping.
“They’ve really helped me progress,” Corey said.
Corey’s preliminary run went smoothly which set him up for a run for a world title.
“We scored a 222 and the horse was real good,” Corey said. “This horse gives me a chance to win every time. If I can just rope, and stay out of his way, he’ll help me out with the rest of it. I felt pretty good going into the finals.”
Corey is grateful to his wife and family who have supported him along the way. He is also very appreciative of the people who keep the farm and ranch running in Lexington, Nebraska, while he’s on the road.
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