by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Jordan Larson of Whitesboro, Texas, rides Custom Cash Advance to the world championship in senior reining November 16 at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
Jordan Larson of Whitesboro, Texas, collected his second trophy of the night November 16 when he won senior reining at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show.
After winning the world championship in junior reining with High Roller Whiz and the reserve world championship with Legacy In Lights, Jordan had only the length of time it took for a drag to get his senior horse, Custom Cash Advance, ready to work fifth in the draw at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
Fortunately, it wasn't the horse's first reining. Custom Cash Advance has $180,749.53 in National Reining Horse Association earnings, plus $3,916 in earnings from the 2010 World Show when he was fourth in junior reining.
“I ran in there and stopped really hard, and I knew he was listening at that point,” Jordan said, describing his ride in his exclusive Journal interview. “We got backed up to the middle and from there on, it just couldn’t have been better. He turned as hard as he could. His circles were really, really good. He acted like he’d never been shown before. He’s a great horse, just a great horse.”
Custom Cash Advance is a 2006 sorrel stallion by Custom Crome and out of Cash In Roan by Topsail Cody. He was bred by Steven H. Simon of Marietta, Oklahoma, and is owned by Luga LLC of Whitesboro, Texas, but the owners live in Italy, Jordan said.
“They’ve owned him his whole career and they’ve been great,” he said. “They trust me and give me a great opportunity to show him, and I want to thank them because they’re really good to work for.”
Reining trainer Duane Latimer of Overbrook, Oklahoma, owned “Cash” for a while, and he also trained the horse.
“Duane taught me as much about reining as anybody has and it’s a real honor to get to show a horse after he has shown it, and to win the world on it is great,” Jordan said. “(Cash is) a breeding horse and (his owners) want to promote him as a breeding horse, so what better way than to be world champion if you can do it? This is a great show and it’s a great title. Everybody wants to be a world champion and he’s one of the best show horses I have in the barn.”
Jordan was somewhat cautious taking the older horse into the ring. They are scheduled to compete in the Shootout competition at the NRHA Futurity in December, one of the events leading up to selection for Team USA for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
“I wanted to be as good as I could be without taking too much risk,” Jordan said. “He’s my hopeful.”
Qualifying is scheduled for April during the Kentucky Reining Cup in Lexington. Horses must be at least 7 to compete.
“He’s definitely at this point in time at the top of my list,” Jordan said. “He’s a great, great horse.”
Update: On December 5, Jordan was first in the NRHA Shootout with Colonels Smart Spook, a 2006 sorrel stallion by Smart Spook and out of Colonels Cattin Gun by Colonels Smoking Gun. The horse was bred by Mary E. Cartier of Pilot Point, Texas, and is owned by Sally B. Amabile of Grandview, Texas.
Jordan tied for second on Custom Cash Advance with Andrea Fappani on Smoking Whiz, a 2007 sorrel stallion by Topsail Whiz and out of Glendas A Smokingun by Colonels Smoking Gun. He was bred by Susan Ray of Pasadena, Texas, and is owned by Silver Spurs Equine of Scottsdale, Arizona.
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