Julie Jarma is a brand-new resident of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and this week gave herself a nice housewarming gift in the form of a non-pro championship.
Jarma and Blackish vanquished all comers in the 5/6 Year Old Non-Pro class at The Non-Pro plus The Open at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum, not far from home, with a 228, a jaw-dropping score when you consider how it started.
The 31-year-old Jarma, who has an Equi-Stat record of $635,552, and Blackish only got two cows after trouble cutting both, she said.
“It took me a long time to get my first cow cut and took me even longer to get my second cow cut,” said Jarma, who grew up in North Texas, most recently living in Whitesboro. “My second cow ended up being pretty tough and feel like that’s what made the run. I had to stay on it until the buzzer to make up a loss of working time.”
The two were awarded $6,500.
The 2014 mare is by Hottish and out of Blue Bayou Boon mare SS Blacks Little Kitty. She was bred and still owned by Jarma.
She is trained by Equi-Stat Elite $9 million rider Lloyd Cox and lives at his place near Ardmore. That is why Jarma moved, to be closer to her horses.
Before quarantine, Blackish and Cox were Open Reserve champion at The Ike. She has an Equi-Stat record of $184,184. Blackish’s show career has been hampered by injury. Cox was unable to show her in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity because of an injury. Her 4-year-old year, too, was hampered by injuries, Jarma said.
Now in her last year of aged events, Jarma said she and Cox have “hit the ground running” after doubling up on her at the end of last year.
Quarantine probably was a blessing, Jarma said, because Blackish is sound and healthy as they turn their attention to the NCHA Summer Spectacular at Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Getting to Fort Worth, Texas, will now be a little longer drive, but winning in Ardmore only validated her decision to move.
“I have really enjoyed it,” Jarma said. “It’s been great.”