Jenna rides and shows an Appendix-registered Quarter mare named Fine Details, whom she shows in Hunter Under Saddle classes all over the country.
The American Quarter Horse is the most popular horse breed in the United States today, and the American Quarter Horse Association is the largest breed registry in the world, with more than 5 million American Quarter Horses registered.
However, the American Quarter Horse is also shown in English disciplines, driving, and many other equestrian activities. Many of the horses shown in these divisions show a different (taller and more graceful) form, largely because of an infusion of Thoroughbred blood. Fine Details, affectionately known around the barn as “Ella,” is one of these.
An Appendix Quarter Horse is a first-generation cross between a registered thoroughbred and an American Quarter Horse, or a cross between a "numbered" American Quarter Horse and an "appendix" American Quarter Horse. The resulting offspring is registered in the "appendix" of the American Quarter Horse Association's studbook, hence the nickname. Fine Details is a 10-year-old Appendix Quarter Mare, and the first “real horse” Jenna has owned. She began riding as a child, on a Pony of the Americas, an Appaloosa-pony cross named Pal.
Jenna is the only child of John and Cathryn Jacobs who hopes to be a pediatric orthopedic surgeon someday. She has served as Ohio’s representative to the National American Miss competition. For now, however, she’s showing her horse every chance she gets. During the last week of December she’ll go to Tampa, Fla., to compete in the HUS and equitation classes on the winter circuit there. Hunter horses are graded on performance, conformation, and movement. In the Equitation classes, the rider, not the horse, is judged.
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Jenna Jacobs poses with Fine Details after being ranked in the top four qualifiers for the American Quarter Horse Association's Youth World Show.