Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Lee Schild became the only rider in 2001 to earn dual world championships, and he also made history as the first single rider to ever claim two world and two reserve world titles in the same year.
Not bad for someone in his first year of retirement!
When Schild, of Mokena, Illinois, retired from his veterinary practice, he planned to show a horse he'd bred and raised, Good Time Joker. The gelding was his last colt by the stallion he had built his breeding program around, Joker Solano. Lee had earned the 1989 Limited Non Pro Reserve World Championship and Bryant Pace had won the 1987 Limited Open World Championship on Joker Solano, and he'd always wanted to win a title with one of his foals.
Finally, in 2001, he had the time to try it and the result was the 2001 Intermediate Non Pro World Championship and the Non Pro Reserve World Championship on Good Time Joker.
Schild took another horse along to the shows. His wife, Annette, had picked out Tardy Bo Badger (Bobby Bo Badger X Tardy Rose) during a trip to Arizona. The sorrel gelding had won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity with Craig Johnson riding and Annette had shown him a few times before Lee entered him in the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Lee rode him to win the 2000 Congress Novice Horse Non Pro Championship, then sold him at the show. When the deal fell through, he took him along on his January trip to Florida in 2001, and the winning began.
When the smoke had cleared on the year, Lee had ridden Tardy Bo Badger to both the Novice Horse Non Pro World Championship and the Novice Horse Open Reserve World title.
Between the two horses, Schild earned over 50 trophies, including five of the NRHA 's Lawson Bronzes. He also pocketed $40,847.74. Amazingly, most of this was accomplished by August and he attended only a handful of shows between then and the end of the year.
Schild and the other world champions will receive World Championship buckles in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Derby. The National Reining Horse Association World Champions will be recognized at the annual Awards Banquet, held May 16 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
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