It looked like no other entry could surpass that score until Jordan Larson and Mr Jerry Lee Surpriz (Jerry Lees Surprise x Just Like Jayne), owned by Heritage Farms of Ogden, Utah, entered the arena as draw 17.
With great precision, the Whitesboro, Texas, trainer piloted the Jerry Lees Surprise gelding through a picturesque reining pattern – one that was rewarded handsomely by the judges with a score of 228.5!
“It’s funny how runs like that just come together. I truly had no preconceived idea of winning. I was just happy to make the finals on him,” Larson noted. Throughout the big circles the crowd could hear Larson urging his horse to go faster, and on the stops, the slack never left the reins. “He makes me feel confident in my circles and stops. He just focused and did his job tonight.”
For the Championship, Larson was presented with the signature golf cart from the SWRHA, an NRHA Lawson bronze and a check for $15,817.
“As a trainer, you want the horse to compete in the arena, and that’s what he did tonight,” Larson said.