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Jack Hennig and High Jo Lena Perform in “Spectacular” Florida Fashion

jack*** Photo by Jim Davis, www.jimdavisphoto.com

It was a remarkable victory for Jack Hennig and High Jo Lena in the FRCHA (Florida Reined Cow Horse Association) Bridle Spectacular show on September 8 and 9th, 2007 in Sarasota, Florida. Jack and High Jo Lena AKA Wysi Wyg placed first in the Open Bridle on Saturday and second in the Open Bridle class on Sunday and third in the Bridle Spectacular. The Bridle Spectacular included Cutting, Reining and Working Cowhorse. “This was a tough competition”, said Jack, who competed against two NRCHA World Champions. “Her cow work was exceptional on both days, and she was really strong down the fence”.

This was not Jack and Wysi’s first win, back in October of 2006, Jack and Wysi placed first in the FRCHA Bridle Spectacular and together they have won many NRCHA events and ApHC World and National Championships in Reining, Working Cowhorse, Roping and Games.

Wysi Wyg (pronounced Wizzy Wig) stands for “What you see is what you get”; she was named so by her breeder Bill Cookshaw of Cee Arr Appaloosas in Canada when, upon seeing her as a foal for the first time remarked, “Well, what you see is what you get!”, as he looked down and saw a colorless all black filly with one white foot. Now the once colorless filly is loaded to the brim with color, says Justin. She is now a beautiful, loud blue roan mare with one white foot.

It does not come as much of a surprise to know that Wysi Wyg is descended from the legendary hall of fame stallion High Sign who also excelled in multiple events under Jack. Wysi was sired by Canadian Superhorse High Sign Nugget and is out of a double-bred Ima Doc O’Lena mare, Im Jessalena owned by Bill Cookshaw. The Bowles family (owners of Bowles Ranch), purchased Wysi Wyg in 2003 from Bill as a three year old. “After watching a video of the mare, we knew she would be a perfect match for Justin, she had such a great way of moving” said Erica. Shortly after purchasing Wysi, the Bowles went to Jack to train both Wysi and Justin. “Jack has always been such an inspiration to me, ever since I was a young boy and I first saw him at a show aboard High Sign” said Justin. Justin has shown High Jo Lena in the FRCHA starting in Green I and has worked his way up through the Green Program and is now showing down the fence in the Non Pro Bridle. In 2006, Justin and Wysi won the Non Pro Working Cow Horse at the ApHC National Show. This was Justin’s first time competing at the Nationals. “Jack’s training and instruction were instrumental to Justin and Wysi’s success.”, said Erica.

In 2004, the Bowles Family purchased High Paddy O’lena, Wysi’s younger brother. A 2001 Red Leopard Stallion, High Paddy O’lena is following in the “hoofprints” of his older sister. Wysi has set a high bar for Rebel to follow, but we have confidence in him. He is doing really well commented Erica. “Both horses are under the careful guidance of Jack. Jack is truly one of the greatest horsemen; it has been an honor to ride with him. If I had to describe Jack in three words, it would be humble, honest and driven. We are really proud of his many accomplishments and proud to be his students”.

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2 Comments

  1. Heather McLevin Said,

    September 19, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    Congratulations, to Jack, Justin & Erica on your successes with your horses. Jack is a one of a kind. Not doubt about it, he has shown the public some great Appaloosas. And you got to love Bill Cookshaw’s breeding program, he has produced (& is producing)some awesome horses.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Heather McLevin

  2. STUART Said,

    June 21, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE OF SPENDING AN ENTIRE DAY WITHJACK MANY YEARS AGO. I WAS PLAYING POLO, HAD MANY HORSES AND WAS SELF TAUGHT. I THOUGHT I KNEW A LOT ABOUT HORSES. AFTER SPENDING THAT DAY WITH JACK, I REALIZED I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT HORSES. I LEARNED MORE ABOUT HORSES IN THAT ALL TOO SHORT DAY THAN I HAD LEARNED (?) IN THE PREVIOUS 20 YEARS.
    HE IS TRULY AMAZING…AND WILL STAY, NOT ONLY IN THE MINDS OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO COME IN CONTACT WITH HIM, BUT IN THEIR HEARTS AS WELL.
    THANKS, JACK, FOR CHANGING MY LIFE. I OWE YOU BIG TIME!!!

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