by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Jordan, left, and Joel Lesh sort 10 in the finals November 12 at thd 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
Brothers Jordan and Joel Lesh put together two complete sorts to sweep ranch sorting November 12 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
It was the first sorting world championship for Joel, who lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and has been sorting since the sport began.
“I’ve been reserve a couple of times, but these two have won the world,” Joel said.
In the preliminaries, Jordan and Joel sorted all 10 head in 57.924 seconds.
The open ranch sorting finals were just after the amateur ranch sorting finals, won by Jordan and sister-in-law Sarah Lesh. Fresh off his first world championship of the day, Jordan swapped horses and sorted 10 head in 51.235 seconds with Joel for a clean sweep of open ranch sorting and a double championship for the day.
Joel was on Smart Lil Boons for his inaugural win.
“(She) is a 6-year-old mare that my soon-to-be sister-in-law owned that I’ve been riding for the last year,” he said. “We bought her from Sarah. We buy lots of horses and keep riding them until they’re good.”
Smart Lil Boons is a 2007 bay mare by Smart Lil Highbrow and out of Boons Tivio by Boon Bar. She was bred by Anthony D’Angelo of Sun Valley, California. She’s owned by Megan Walsh of Morrison, Oklahoma, who is engaged to Jamin Lesh.
Jordan’s open win came on a horse owned by Joel.
“Jordan was riding Fletch A Jewel, which was the horse that he won the open penning on last year,” Joel said. “He’s a 12-year-old gelding. He’s been to the World Show several years. My grandpa (Loyal D. Frank) placed fifth in Select in ranch sorting (at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show in August).”
Fletch A Jewel is a 2000 bay gelding by Lenas Jewel Bars and out of Budhas Bay Fletch by Docs Budha. He was bred by Bob and Martha Peacock of Waco, Texas. He was a 2012 open world champion in team penning and was seventh in team penning at the Adequan Select World in addition to his fifth place finish this year.
The Lesh brothers have finished at or near the top during the World Show in penning and sorting for the last several years and have this little bit of advice for exhibitors who want to be as successful as they are:
“Ride your horse,” Jordan said.
“We practice and talk about runs after they happen and work on getting better,” Joel added. “We watch videos.”
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