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Im Goin For Broke finds new love and a new home

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It’s not uncommon nowadays to hear stories of folks who have found love on social media. That is exactly where the love story begins for Rebekah Anger and her newly acquired stallion, Im Goin For Broke, lovingly known as Jex.

A true super fan of the Aint Seen Nothing Yet Facebook page, Anger has been in love with the confirmation and the prodigy that the stallion has been producing over the years. She has had her eye on him since the moment Lisa Miladinovich first started promoting the stallion on Facebook.

From the time she saw Jex posted on the Aint Seen Nothing Yet Facebook, page she knew that she needed to own him. Instinctively she was drawn to the stallion. After looking high and low for a replacement Dash For Perks stallion to add to her program, Anger knew that she had found the answer to her many prayers. The 2017 palomino stallion by Aint Seen Nothin Yet out of Dash Of Perks, by Dash For Perks was the magic cross that Anger knew would be the missing puzzle piece to her breeding program.

With her breeding program suffering the loss of her stallion Justa Dash Of Perks, Angler was turning to God for the answers of what direction to take her breeding program in Secil, Wisconsin. Having owned offspring of ASNY along with previously owning a Dash For Perks stallion she knew that this was a gamble worth taking. Anger knew Jex was easy on the eyes and had the pedigree she was looking for, but like any good relationship, as she dug deeper she fell deeper in love. 

Jex was bred by Miladinovich and then sold to Clayton and Melissa Mecham of Shelly, Idaho. Clayton and Melissa made sure to put a solid foundation on the stallion in and out of the arena. Jex was not only competing in futurities but was ridden on the ranch and soon became Clayton’s favorite horse to take to the branding pen.

From branding to gathering, Rebekah could tell the work and exposure that the Mechams had put in and the start that they had given Jex would set his mind, attitude, and feet up for success in the future. 

In 2022 Jex excelled in the heeling pen as well as placed in the 1D and 2D within his first year of competition runs. Only entered in three of the 2023 futurities, his current Equistat earnings are at $2,300. With limited hauling, the young stallion had been able to show potential that Anger knows has the ability to grow in his upcoming derby year.

The more that she learned about Jex, the more she knew that this was the stallion for her, before even laying eyes on Jex in person. There was only one problem, unfortunately Jex was already spoken for and seemed to be heading to a new home in Florida. But on January 6, 2023 not knowing if keeping her breeding program alive was even the best option, Becca turned to God with frustration and confusion asking him to show her what to do. She felt in her heart that Jex was her horse, THE horse that would serve as the new direction for her breeding program. This was the same day that she got the call from Melissa saying the Florida sale had fallen through. That was all Anger needed to hear to pull the trigger on committing to being Jex’s new partner. “I did not even go see him,” Anger says. “Sight unseen, I didn’t even watch videos. I literally just saw a picture of him and I’m like

yep, that’s the horse.” Now Anger is eager to introduce his bloodlines into her cow-bred dominated mare herd. She is excited to see how his cross will influence her Mr Gun Smoke and Doc Hickory mares in search of a cross for true all around equine athletes.

“I look at it like this, if you want a horse to have endurance with sit, rate, and turn, look at how long and hard those cutting horses need to cut back and forth,” says Anger. “Or look at how hard a cow horse will run then sit and turn a cow.”

With the crosses Anger plans on putting together paired with the fantastic start that Jex got in the roping pen under Clayton, she has high hopes that Im Going For Broke will produce top contenders for the rope horse futurities as they are gaining in popularity. Anger has two children, ages nine and ten, who she hopes will benefit from these true all around animals. As for the upcoming 2023 derby season, Anger is thrilled to announce that Ashley Peterson will be the pilot for Jex. With her exceptional horsemanship, a winning track record, and recent success on ASNY bred futurity colts, this will be a pair to keep an eye on this year.

“She’s brave, but she knows her stuff,” says Peterson. “I have no doubt that she went into this with a good outline for success. It will be neat to be a part of his story and see where we can take him.” Peterson is fresh off her win as the 2022 BFA SuperStakes $100,000 champion on Ain’t Seen A Love Man. Peterson plans on starting out at some local jackpots after breeding season, then plans on taking Jex to Fort Smith to run with some of the best horses in the country.

“It looks like he has a nice solid foundation on him and I think with the diversity of everything that he has done should, really be good for him going into the barrel pen,” Peterson said. Peterson has a futurity colt that is a half sibling by ASNY, and is excited to compare their running styles. Petersons says the barrel pattern comes so naturally to the ASNY colt she is jockeying now, she is excited to see if it is the same for Jex.

This will be Peterson’s first time riding for the public and Jex will be the first stallion that she has hauled. Rebekah is confident that Ashley will be the perfect jockey to showcase her stallion on all stages.

“I’m sure there will be some learning curves in the beginning butmwe are both excited to see what can happen and what he can do. It will be a lot of fun,” says Peterson “I just hope that I can do him justice. He just looks so nice!”

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