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PERFORMANCE HALTER GELDINGS
SELECT WIN FOR PHOTONS ALL 'ROUND.
BY CHRISTINE HAMILTON, JOURNAL EDITOR
Performance halter world championships have become almost a habit for Bob Lines and his roping horses, especially his 12-year-old gelding, Photons All Round. Prior to the 2009 Bayer Select World Championship Show, the Triple J Ranch-bred son of Photon had three world championships in performance halter geldings - open and amateur in 2008 and the amateur in 2007. And now Bob can add a Select world championship in the class to the gelding’s tally. The Journal caught Bob just after the class, but he was in a hurry to watch the next class – his wife, Jan, was showing Photons Classic CD in the performance halter mares. She ended up winning the reserve title in the class.
Q. Tell us about your multiple world champion.
Bob: I rope on him, that’s what I really enjoy doing the most. He’s a great horse to have around. I can head 100 steers on him, and he doesn’t change a bit. He’s really just a great horse to have.
Q. What made you get into the performance halter?
Bob: My daughter, when it first came out, I was going to show my mare (2007 amateur world champion performance halter mare Photons Classic CD), and he was there as a help horse, to help us in the roping. My daughter said, 'Dad you should take him down there and show him in the geldings.' So I put a rope halter on him and led him down there and tied him to the rail, and when I got done with the mare, I tied her up and led the gelding in. And won with it! I was really excited about that. I just kept showing him because he did so well. He’s won (a world championship) three, well, four times now. He’s just been a great horse for the halter.
Q. What is it that you think the judges really like about him?
Bob: Maybe that he’s a true using horse. He’s out there doing a job every day. I mean, you can see him, he’s not all pretty and everything, he’s skinned up from one end to the other. He’s been to the valley and back. Maybe that’s what they see, that he’s a real user horse. He does a job.
Q. What’s the difference in your mindset as an exhibitor in roping versus the halter?
Bob: It’s all mental. It’s just standing there keeping him occupied for that hour or whatever it is. Some days he’s on target and sits there fine. Like, today he was really good. Sometimes he doesn’t it’s the same thing with the roping, but he’s pretty good. He pretty much, every time, where you put him; he’s good all the time and it makes it easy to rope. And he’s good enough to handle.
Q. Next week, what is he going to be doing?
Bob: He’s going back to Steve Ferguson’s to chill out for a little bit and then get ready for the (AQHA World Championship Show); my wife is going to show him at the World Show.
Q. Anything else you want to add?
Bob: Just that it’s a true blessing to have a horse like that.
BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW
Photons All Round is not done with September 2 Select world championship competition – he and Bob also made the afternoon heeling finals.
Bob's first win was in the Amateur Performance Halter Mares Class.
Photons Classic CD and Bob Lines of Indiantown, Florida, earned the first ever AQHA World Championship in amateur performance halter mares.
The 2001 gray mare, by Photon out of Cool Diversion by Diversified, competed in amateur heeling preliminaries and then turned around to place 10th in the amateur heading finals.
“Every one of those (Photon) mares is just awesome,” Bob said. “We use them on the ranch doing work all the time. They’re easy to get along with and they don’t ever give you any trouble.”
He continued, “She’s a great mare and it would be hard to part with her. I’d like to breed her this year, so we’ll probably do that.”
Raised and trained by Jay Holmes, Bob said Photons Classic CD is a hard worker.
“She just tries all the time for you. If we’re riding pairs, or in the rope pen, she’s the same every day.”
Bob said the performance halter class is a lot of work. But he is looking forward to showing his other Photon horse in performance halter geldings on November 9.
“We have a gelding coming tomorrow that’s also a Photon. The gelding is actually a little better than her I think,” he said.
Photons All Around is a 1997 gray gelding out of Paloma Ina by Skippy Crew.
Bob looked at his mare again and said, “This is a total shock to me. I didn’t plan this even a little bit. I thought I’d get out there and get me maybe a fifth or sixth and be happy.”
He continued, “To be at the front end of this is just shocking. It is truly something.”
Bob's second win was in the Amateur Performance Halter Geldings Class
"It’s hard to believe that lightning could strike twice in the same spot,” said Bob Lines of Indiantown, Florida.
He said that immediately after winning the first ever amateur performance halter geldings world championship with his team roping gelding, Photons All Round, on November 9.
But the “twice” refers to his win in the amateur performance halter mares with his team roping mare, Photons Classic CD, on November 8.
“It’s hard to believe, but I know they’re good horses,” he said.
Bob actually showed in the first performance halter classes offered in the country on January 1 at the Florida Quarter Horse Association Gulf Coast Circuit in Tampa. When Bob saw the new class listed, he thought he’d try the mare in it because she was so pretty. But it was his daughter, Sandra, who said he ought to show the gelding, too.
“We knew the mare was pretty good, and my daughter, Sandra, said, ‘Dad, you ought to really consider taking that gelding over there,’” Bob said. “So, I ponied them both over there and tied one up to the rail while we showed one. We didn’t have much help at the Gold Coast.”
And now that good suggestion has resulted in a world championship for the gelding the family calls “Brother.”
Bob is president of the Florida Quarter Horse Association and he and his wife, Jan, are well-known at roping events across the state. Their children grew up showing AQHYA and still compete: Son, Bobby, is a roper, and daughter, Sandra, shows over fences.
Brother is Bobby’s rodeo horse and also works on the Lines’ ranch. By the late stallion Photo