Born to Rodeo - California Circuit Member Focus

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“Johnny has been my inspiration, he’s been everything and more. It’s very special”- Sherrie Jones

The Jones name isn’t new to rodeo. In fact it’s legendary for it’s steer wrestlers John W Jones SR PRCA Hall of Famer and multiple world champion and his son John W Jones JR PRCA Hall of Famer and three times world champion.

Rodeo is a way of life for the Jones girls. For as long as they can remember they have been riding horses and driving to rodeos. It’s a lifestyle many can only dream of but Sherrie and her girls have lived. Not to say that it’s easy, but it has been a blessing.

“After Johnny’s competitive career ended we were then able to go on and fulfill all the girls high school commitments” – Sherrie Jones

At home in Morro Bay, CA, Katie and Sherrie have started their own breeding program with some of their nice mares. But don’t get your hopes up too high, because Katie will tell you very quickly that they “love their horses so much and are hoarders that they don’t like to let any of them go”.

Sherrie is currently riding ‘JR Finally Famous’ aka ‘Finally’ a 6yr old home raised mare. By ‘Famous Bugs x Dustys Jazzy Dancer’ aka ‘Jazzy’. ‘Jazzy’ is out of a ‘Doc O Lena’ mare that Katie rode in high school rodeos and by ‘Touchdown Dancer’ a stallion by ‘First Down Dash’. Katie trained ‘Jazzy’ and had some success on her at futurities before incurring a career-ending injury. ‘Finally’ is her first born foal. ‘Jazzy’ has gone on to produce several other nice babies. Katie is riding ‘JR Naughty Jet’ aka ‘Naughty’ a 7 yr old gelding. ‘Naughty’ is by ‘Blazin Jetolena x Dash On Sky’. Sherrie acquired ‘Sky’ in 2008 and she was already in foal to ‘Blazin Jetolena’. She is not sure of her history but she’s “ a very big mare, with a laid back, relaxed attitude which she seems to pass on to her babies”. ‘Naughty’ was voted on by peers to be named the 2016 WPRA CA CIrcuit Rising Star Horse of the Year; tied with Nellie Williams horse Rafter W Minnie Reba aka Sister. This is a new Award in the CA Circuit and was graciously sponsored by Charlie and Chris Webb in Memory of Rose Webb and Ruth Haislip. These young equine athletes have proven their talent and grit; both forces to be reckoned with at Pro Rodeos.

Sherrie really loves spending time with her horses and she and Katie spend many long hours at home patterning them and bringing them along. It’s an added bonus that she then gets to haul with Katie to the rodeos to run their beloved animals.

Sherrie has been barrel racing for many years when she could between Johnny’s competitive career, but this is Katie’s rookie year on the WPRA circuit. And although she’ll tell you jockeying isn’t her forte, you wouldn’t believe it looking at the circuit standings. As of time of print she is sitting number 7 in the circuit with $8,397.71 won. Katie’s true heart is really in seeing the horses they’ve raised come through the whole process. She just loves to start them on the pattern and then add some pressure, watch how they handle it and then ease off again. The bond Katie has with her horses having helped them progress and be able to compete at this level is the most special part for her.

Katie grew up with this- and wanting to do this. It’s in her blood. That whole dream is her motivation. Every night after school they would all be in the arena practicing, John JR, Sherrie, Katie and Shannon along with their Grampa John W Jones SR who was always there to help them.

The mention of Shannon’s name and Katie and Sherrie will flash each other a look and both echo the words “she’s the competitor”. By all accounts Shannon Jones is the most competitive of the Jones ladies -a lot like her Grampa. She is currently living and working as an attorney in LA where she is undoubtedly putting that competitive edge to good use. When Shannon comes home she soon jumps on something super competitive and heads out with Sherrie and Katie.

Katie’s inspiration is her parents and their success. They are constantly in the background helping and encouraging her to reach her goals. Her husband, NFL Football - Super Bowl Champion ‘Bear Pascoe’ has played a major part in her mental game. While travelling alone this year Bear has been instrumental in keeping her mind game ready and strong. Being a serious competitor himself he knows the importance of this aspect of competition.

“There are ups and downs for everyone in this business” and Katie’s right. The rodeo road can be long and hard and lonely, but knowing that she has a huge support team behind her in moments of weakness keeps her strong.

Sherrie’s love and inspiration in the horse world undoubtedly stems from the deep love of her husband Johnny. “What a lucky man he is” I quip, while chatting with her in the trailer. “No, we’re the lucky ones” she replies.


by Nicki Cracknell.

 

 

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