In what turned out to be a long day that put at risk both curfews and bedtimes, what would you expect of a 16-year-old waiting to compete on this type of stage?
“I was so nervous,” said Lannie-Jo Lisac, a high school sophomore from Pueblo, Colorado. “I knew there were so many good horses and good riders. Had to wait all day, and I was nervous.”
Lisac said she spent the day with mare LooksLikeLuckToMe, better known to her as “Marcia,” and otherwise walked around the grounds of the Will Rogers Memorial Center to kill time. She had a light lunch, she said.
Every flower blooms at its own pace, they say, and though it took to almost 11 p.m. (CST), Marcia and Lisac eventually blossomed at the John Justin Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
Marcia and Lisac registered a Non-Pro Two Rein finals-best 435, including a set-high 219 in the reining, to become National Reined Cow Horse World Champions on Monday night.
“She was really, really good in the reining,” Lisac said. “Down the fence, she was good, too. The cow was fast, but she stuck with it.”
Marcia (Smart Boons x Dual Lookin Pep x Dual Pep) is owned by Tim and Katherine Miller of Pueblo. She was bred by Kevin and Sydney Knight of Weatherford, Texas. Her mother is a producer of winners with winnings of $408,053, according to Equi-Stat.
Todd Crawford does the training on her.
The triumph paid out $3,255 to the team. Marcia, a 2013 red roan, now has an Equi-Stat record of more than $47,000.
Lisac, who Equi-Stat earnings report grew from $41,224, isn’t new to this arena.
A year ago, she guided Soulanova to Novice Non-Pro Bridle and Youth Bridle World Championships.
In 2019, Lisac won $7,882, according to Equi-Stat.
In this Oscars-style reveal of the winner — the scores are unknown and the 10 finalists come out on horseback and await their names, starting with the 10th-place finisher — Lisac and eventual Reserve champion Wendi Lund waited through the suspense as the last two standing.
One can imagine her emotions.
“I was shaking, I was so nervous,” Lisac said. “She had such a great run, too.”
She can exhale a little on Tuesday. Lisac is a World Champion again.
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