While the weather was less than ideal, Jessicah Keller flew in from a warmer Oklahoma to a wet and chilly Columbus, Ohio, to earn her first All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity win aboard Malena Chic Olena in the Level 4 Non-Pro. The 49th annual All American Quarter Horse Congress started on Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 25.
Malena Chic Olena, a 2012 mare by Hickory Chic Olena and out of Malena Chex, by Nu Chex To Cash, was bred and raised by Keller and is owned by Hilldale Farm, of Brashear, Texas. Keller was the primary rider of Malena Chex during her career, in which she earned $15,557 from 2006 to 2009. Malena Chic Olena is the mare’s first money-earning offspring.
At the Congress, Keller and Malena Chic Olena scored a 216 to top 45 entries and earn $8,886. The duo previously won the Tulsa Reining Classic Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro, earning $5,427.
Canadian Andre De Bellefeuille took Reserve Champion honors in Level 4, and won the Level 3 and Prime Time aboard his homebred Little Gun (Rowdy Yankee x Snow Gun x Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]). The pair scored 215.5 and earned a total of $11,245.
The Futurity Level 2 Non-Pro Champion was Chickoree Tom and Veronica Deans, from Gainesville, Texas. The pair’s score of 213.5 earned them a total of $5,893 in the three levels. Deans and the 2012 gelding (Chickoree Dox x Jac A Nic x Dolls Union Jac) previously banked $5,451 for finishing as Reserve Champions in Levels 4, 3 and 2 at the Pink Ribbon Reining in Canada.
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