Amarillo, Texas - The momentum of the American Quarter Horse Association's Versatility Ranch Horse competition continues to build with exhibitors from six states competing Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1 in Amarillo, Texas at Cowboy Roundup USA.
The competition, which demonstrates the versatility of the working ranch horse in five categories, featured 30 entries including those from past AQHA Best Remuda Award winners, family ranches and ranching enthusiasts.
"This was a fun and exciting weekend for both exhibitors and spectators," said Bill Brewer, AQHA Executive Vice President. "The Versatility Ranch Horse competition offers a place for ranches to showcase their horses and compete in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere."
Taking top honors was Burnett Ranches of Fort Worth, Texas, with Little Playgun, a 5-year-old gray mare by Playgun and out of Little Brim by Peppy San Badger. Ridden by Joe Wolter, the pair won the competition with a total of 39 credits. Consistency was the name of the game for this duo who won first in ranch trail; second in ranch riding and ranch cutting; second in mare conformation and a third in working ranch horse.
Taking second place was Taris Judge, a 9-year-old palomino stallion by Doc Tari and out of Bow Cross by Tee Cross. Owned and ridden by Scott Bagley of Dimmitt, Texas, the pair earned 27 credits, including winning the ranch riding and working ranch horse classes.
Rounding out the top five are Seven S Genuine Miss, a 5-year-old palomino mare, bred and owned by Terry Stuart Forst of the Stuart Ranch of Waurika, Oklahoma which placed third with 27 credits. Ridden by Chris Littlefield, even S Genuine Miss won the mare conformation. Sired by Genuine Doc and out of Seven S Margarita by Son O Leo, Seven S Genuine Miss also placed second in working ranch horse. (The tie for second place was broken by the working ranch horse class.)
In fourth place with 25 credits was Three Jay Colonel, bred, owned and exhibited by Bill James of Abilene, Kansas. The 10-year-old sorrel stallion by Colonel Hotrodder and out of Cuatro Blanco by Magnolia Pay, won the stallion conformation and was third in ranch trail.
In fifth place with 21 credits was Peppy Bell Quixote owned by Carolyn Adams of Amarillo, Texas. Ridden by Todd Adams, the 6-year-old bay mare sired by Jess N Peppy and out of Belle Quixote by Pulido Quixote placed first in ranch cutting. Los Coloras, bred and owned by Mary B. Davis of Cimarron, New Mexico, was the gelding conformation winner. The 5-year-old gray stallion sired by Color Me Deluxe and out of Bonanzas Magnifique by Big Guy Bonanza also was the overall conformation winner.
Final placings are based on the total number of credits earned in each event and totaled with the highest-earning horse receiving first place. AQHA points also are awarded according to the existing point schedule (Chart 415A of the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations).
The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, will sponsor a specially-commissioned bronze by renowned Texas equine artist Lisa Perry, which will be presented to the year-end high-point horse owner and the high-point youth for the 2002 competition year. These awards will be presented at the 2003 AQHA Convention in Anaheim, California.
Complete coverage of the Versatility Ranch Horse competition from Amarillo will be featured on "America's Horse," AQHA's weekly television program on the Outdoor Life Network on September 17 at 8 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Pacific.
Cowboy Roundup US, now in its 15th year, showcases the Western heritage of Texas Panhandle. Activities included the Coors Ranch Rodeo, chuckwagon cookoff, trade show and seminars.
For more information about the Versatility Ranch Horse competition, including a schedule of upcoming events and show applications or for "America's Horse" television schedule, visit www.aqha.com or call (806) 376-4811.