Jacie Etbauer runs Whistle Bugs for home and the world championship August 6 at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
It’s not every 14-year-old who can say she beat her two brothers – and the rest of the world.
But August 6 was that kind of day for Jacie Etbauer of Edmond, Oklahoma, at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
Jacie won her first world championship in barrel racing on Whistle Bugs, a 1998 black gelding by No Whistle and out of Maries Bug by Bugs Alive In 75. The mare has the same sire as the horses Jacie’s two brothers, Treg and Kord, rode in the finals in the Jim Norick Arena.
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Treg, 12, was reserve world champion on No Trouble Whistlen, a 2003 bay gelding by No Whistle and out of Mito Zero Queen by Mito Commander. Kord, 16, was fourth on No Whisper, a 1998 red dun mare by No Whistle and out of Chanceys Whisper by Vanzi Cherry Heels.
All three horses were bred by Hollie and Billy Etbauer, Jacie, Kord and Treg’s parents.
“It’s awesome (riding a horse bred by your family),” Kord said. “You have known them since they were born, and you really get to know their character and it’s really nice.”
Jacie had the fastest time of the 77 horses in barrel racing in the preliminaries, a 16.898, and she followed it up with a 17.263 in the finals for the cumulative win. Treg’s finals time was faster, but because the score is cumulative, Jacie was the new world champion. She wasn’t thinking about any of that, though, on her way to winning her first world championship. She was concentrating on not hitting any barrels.
“These are the horses we always run,” she said. “My other good one got hurt right before this. We call (Whistle Bugs) ‘Panther.’ He’s pretty much automatic. You have to ride him, though. If you lean in, you’ll nail (the barrels).”
All three siblings were pleased with the prizes they received from AQHA corporate partners for their placings in the top 10.
“I’m gonna put it in my room,” Treg said of his silver trophy.
“The same thing,” Jacie said of her gold trophy.
“I’m gonna put it on my horse,” Kord said of the WeatherBeeta blanket he won.