Luke Jones returns from AQHA World Championship with many high honors
On Nov. 2 Luke Jones of Allerton owner of Luke Jones Performance Horses, was accompanied by his wife Erin and three sons Will, Cort and Lane, arrived in Oklahoma City, Okla. The American Quarter Horse Association World Championship was being held at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds where he was there to participate.
The AQHA is one of two biggest shows of the year held. With 12 head of horses trailered down, this was his 16th year attending. Jones found himself very successful in the 10-day event.
His highest achievements being the Reserve World Champion riding Probably Roosters DD in the Junior Tie Down competition and the Junior Heading competition. The junior class is for a horse five years old or younger. Jones and Probably Roosters DD also finished fifth in the Junior Healing competition.
Another Reserve World Champion achievement was awarded to Jones in the Junior Working Cow Horse competition. Jones was riding Metallic Dual Pep for this achievement.
Jones and Just Makin A Scene finished third in the Junior Working Cow Horse competition. He finished sixth with Bowmans Metallic Cat in the Performance Halter Stallion class.
Bowmans Metallic Cat also helped Jones garner a 10th place finish in the Senior Working Cow Horse competition and was a Finalist in the Senior Tie Down Roping competition.
While on Catti Karoline, Jones finished ninth in Junior Heading and 10th in Junior Tie Down. Jones finished eighth on Wranglered in the Senior Cow Horse division and came in ninth on Bowmans Metallic Cat.
Before heading to the AQHA World Championship, the Jones family spent Oct. 7-20 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Snaffle Bit Futurity competition was held here where over 300 of the best in the world are entered into cutting, reining and fence work competitions for cow horses three years or younger.
“It is a big deal to make finals at this competition and place high and I am absolutely happy with my results here,” said Jones of his results at the second of the two biggest shows of the year.
Jones finished 11th on Mr. Comin in Hot and 14th on Stylish Metallica at the Snaffle Bit Futurity competition.
While entered into the Snaffle Bit Futurity competition, Jones was also entered into events at the American Rope Horse Futurity Association, which was taking place at the same time.
“Some of the events were on the same day at both competitions so it was a lot of running back and forth from one arena to the other,” said Jones. “It took quite a bit of planning and help from my wife running me on the golf cart as well as others help.”
In the Open Heading event Jones finished third on Rock N Roll All Night, 10th on Probably Roosters DD and 13th on Catty Karoline.
In the Limited Open Heading event Rock N Roll All Night and Jones won Champion honors and with Probably Roosters DD he took home Reserve Champion. Catty Karoline was the horse coming in for a fourth place finish.
Jones noted traveling to these events is possible with the help and support from his family. His wife Erin home schools their three boys on the road making it possible for their studies to be done. The boys are active in sports through Wayne Community School.
Jones is the son of Jim and Nancy Jones of Allerton.