Double Career

One of the junior reining competitors in the November 13 finals at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show already had a 2010 trophy – a showmanship bronze. Whiz Jewels, a reiner who has placed in the top 10 at the National Reining Horse Association Derby, has a second career with her amateur owner, Courtney Ryan of Collinsville, Texas.  “We bought her in 2006 after the World Equestrian Games from Rosanne Sternberg in Aubrey,” Courtney says.

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“She was a yearling. Luke (Gagnon) helped me pick her out. That was my first reiner. He owned and showed the mother, so he always had a soft spot for her offspring. That is how it all began.”

Courtney waited patiently for her new reiner out of Hot Hollywood Jewels by Hollywood Dun It to grow up. While she waited, the three-time world champion in showmanship couldn’t help showing her new filly a few tricks.

“I started messing with her when she was a 2-year-old and had a little bit of a cold and I could only hand-walk her,” Courtney says. “She’s like a sponge. She picked it up so quick.”  And since the filly knew some showmanship – why not show her?

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Photo: Courtney Ryan and Whiz Jewels. Journal photo.