November 7-22, 2014, Oklahoma City

Amateur Stake Race

JanAnn Harmon of Arkansas wins her first world championship aboard CG Poco Zan Chick.

CG Poco Zan Chick and Janann George Harmon

CG Poco Zan Chick and Janann George Harmon

Last to go in the amateur stake race finals was not where JanAnn Harmon of Danville, Arkansas, wanted to be November 11 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. 

“It was nerve-wracking,” she told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “My horse gets nervous, I get nervous. I like to go early and get it over with. But we made it OK.”

By “OK,” she meant she brought home the gold trophy.

JanAnn skillfully piloted CG Poco Zan Chick, a 1996 sorrel gelding, to the fastest time and her first AQHA world championship.

“It was awesome! Amazing!” she said of her run. “The Lord gave me a wonderful horse, and he came out and ran his heart out. This is a big honor.” 

“Chick” is so talented that JanAnn and her daughter, Hannah, have frequent friendly fights over him.

“My daughter has won the (youth) world (in 2008 and 2010) on stake race with him, and I took him away from her so I could come down here and try to win!” she explained. “I started showing him first. When Hannah got old enough, she started showing him. She went off to college, so I got him back. Now, she wants him back again since she’s finished with school. I haven’t decided yet!”

Chick is roping bred, by Royal Poco Zan and out of Tejona Banty by Cleggs Dandy Deck, and JanAnn said he prefers working cows to running speed events. At home, they do ranch work on him. At the shows, he does all the speed events.

JanAnn is a recently retired dental hygienist, who looks forward to spending more time with her horses. She also plans on arguing with her daughter over who gets to ride Chick next year.

Where will she put her new gold trophy?

“I’m gonna take my daughter’s off the hearth and put mine on it!” she laughed. “We love friendly competition.”

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