November 17, 2009
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The old man’s not ready to retire.
Jettin Boone and Vicki McAngus still have what it takes to jump higher and faster.
At age 21, some might think a multiple world championship-earning horse like “Jet” has earned a quiet, easy retirement. Those people don’t include Vicki, his owner, who says that the big brown gelding is just getting started.
“He’s just not ready to retire,” Vicki said after picking up Jet’s seventh world championship in open jumping. “He doesn’t know that he’s 21. He still dances and prances around out here like he was a 4-year-old, and I think he’ll tell me when he’s ready to retire.”
Even injury couldn’t hold Jet back. He bowed a tendon on the last jump of the finals in 2008 and spent the next six months recuperating. Vicki got him qualified for the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show in just two shows.
And will she be back next year with “Jet the Not-Ready-for-Retirement Jumper” to defend their title?