Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 23, 2012

Jolene wins the World Championship in Fort Worth

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A trip to Cowtown paid off big for an Athens horse last week.

The yearling filly, Radical Zips Proposal, competed at the American Paint Horse Association World Championships at Will Rogers Arena in Fort Worth. The APHA has held a World Championship for 50 years. Horses come from around the U.S. and other nations.

Known also as Jolene, the Bonnette’s yearling was named Reserve Grand Champion in the long-line class. Radical Zips also won the National Snaffle Bit Association competition at the Fort Worth event. 

Jolene is owned by James and Elizabeth Bonnette of Moonstruck. They purchased her the day she was born in hopes of training her into a champion show horse.

“She really came through,” Elizabeth Bonnette said. “It was a really tough competition. This class was the largest number for the division in their history.”

The Bonnette’s purchased Jolene the day she was born from Darla McCain, owner of Platinum. They’ve been impressed with her progress under the training of Doug Baucom of Aubrey. The horse’s mother is a registered quarter horse with some championship blood.  The sire is a paint horse that has produced multiple champions. Elizabeth Bonnette believes the horse is the complete package, a mixture of charisma, pedigree and movement that are tough to beat. She  said it’s been a joy watching a horse of Jolene’s quality as she progresses.

Baucom already has plans to show the horse in the 2-year-old pleasure class next year. He’s begun saddle-breaking her for a return to Fort Worth in 2013.

Before moving to the big stage, Jolene was shown in smaller competitions, and was the Reserve Grand Champion in the Henderson County Livestock Show Yearling Project in April, winning Reserve Grand, and raising a bid of $1,600 at the premium auction.

Elizabeth Bonnette has a lifelong-love for horses, and has competed in events for many years. James Bonnette is a Corporal with the Criminal Investigations Division for the Athens Police Department.