AQHYA World Championship Show 2014
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August 1-9, 2014
Oklahoma City

Aged Mares

R.J. Jacobs and Pretty As A Package

R.J. Jacobs and Pretty As A Package win aged mares August 4 at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)

R.J. Jacobs ties up the win with Pretty As A Package.

R.J. Jacobs tied up his horsepower into two world championships August 4 at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

In 2-year-old geldings, R.J. led Maxxed Out to a gold trophy, then he doubled his golden haul with a world championship with Pretty As A Package.

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“Two in one day, that’s pretty exciting,” said R.J., a quarterback for his Garaway High School football team in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

His first win was in 2-year-old geldings with Maxxed Out, a 2011 sorrel gelding by Maxxam and out of Fashions Touch by Touchdown Kid. The hores was bred by John R. Lewis of Tallmadge, Ohio, who saw the colt standing in a pasture and decided he needed a job.

“So he sold him to us and I showed him,” R. J. said. “It worked pretty good, I guess.”

Between classes, R.J. had just enough time to change numbers and horses before he went back in for aged mares, leading Pretty As  A Package, a 2008 sorrel mare by The Package and out of Excloosa by Coosa. She was bred by Greg and Jodi Sullivan of Perrysburg, Ohio.

R.J. didn’t think he had much chance in the class. His father, AQHA Professional Horseman Randy Jacobs, had warned R.J. that the mare might not be big enough.

“She’s awesome,” R. J. said. “There were a lot of good horses in the class. It was a deep class. I didn’t know how good I was going to do. I love her personality. It’s awesome. You can just stand there and hold her and she’ll just stand there. And I love her head .She’s very pretty-headed.”

R.J., a seasoned exhibitor at age 15, has a showing style a lot like his father’s.

“A bunch of people have told me that, and I like that,” he said. “I look up to my dad a lot.”

R.J.’s first world championship came in 2010, when he won 2-year-old geldings with Happy Hour.

“I love the way (a halter) horse has so much more spunk,” he said of showing halter. “It’s a lot more fun to have a horse that makes you show it hard to win instead of having a horse that just stands there.”

R. J. thanked his dad, his mother, Holli, and his sister, Molli, for their support, but he has no plans to follow his father into the horse business.

“In the future, I really want to play football somewhere."