Above, James Leeton, left, of Beeville is shown with the co-champion Roping Horse of the Year. The horse, owned by Morgan O'Brian, was honored at ceremonies recently in San Antonio where the Alamo Quarterhorse Association named top horses from throughout the state. Also included in locals honored were D'Ann Hunt, 14, who is pictured with "Wonder Rocket", her sorrell mare who was named Halter Horse of the Year. Gana Hunt, 15, also brought home a share of glory won by her two horses, "Listless Joe" and "Snooty Fox". Joe, the sorrell gelding, was named Barrel Horse of the year. Snooty, the dun gelding, was named Reining Horse of the Year by the organization. Of Course, those honors were in addition to Snooty's being named Grand Champion Gelding at the recent Beeville Quarterhorse Show. In all, it wasn't a bad showing for the people or the animals who hail from Bee County, especially considering all were in competition in the auldt division of the association. (undated photo)
Below, Lady Jamie Bar, the 3-year-old sorrel mare above, took home a blanket from Skidmore Downs after stretching across the finish line in 12.4 seconds to win the 220-yard Champion of Champions Race. The mare is made quite a reputation for herself locally, according to owner Daniel Naranjo from Skidmore (pictured at left). Of the 13 starts in the horse's career, she is listed with nine wins, one place, two shows and one fourth place finish. "Not bad for a $1,000 investment, huh?' says the owner, who, along with trainer Bobby Ortiz of the 5-0 Downs, has worked with the mare for the past few months. Naranjo's son, Balde, is pictured at right.