The last of the 2010 National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championships was decided Saturday afternoon at the 1st Community Federal Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas. Twelve World titles were awarded during the NRCHA World Championship Show Presented by John Deere. The World Championship Show is part of the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, which began January 29 and finishes on February 6.
Doug Williamson of Bakersfield, California, won the Open Bridle World Championship on Hes Wright On. Their scores of 222 in the rein work and 226 in the cow work proved impossible to beat, resulting in an $8,300 payday, plus a Bob's Custom Saddle sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Kevin and Sydney Knight, Rios of Mercedes boots, a World Finals vest sponsored by Gist Silversmiths, a C.R. Morrison trophy and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.
"We were out for redemption. I didn't want anyone to think there was a maybe - I was planning to stick it to them," said Williamson, who had missed making the finals of the World's Greatest Horseman. "I had a good cow and knew he was good in the rein work. He did great. I got a reprieve and I'll be a lot happier driving home."
Williamson and Hes Wright On have a multitude of titles to their names. Williamson himself is an NRCHA Hall of Famer who has won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity twice. He piloted the Lenas Wright On stallion, out of Shesa Lota Nic, to the Reserve World's Greatest Horseman title and the World's Richest Stock Horse Championship. "He's not very big but he has a heart as big as this building," said Williamson. "He's the real deal and I think he'll be a great sire one of these days."
Hes Wright On is owned by Gardiner Quarter Horses of Ashland, Kansas. "Garth and Amanda Gardiner are such good people and they have a great program. If I don't get too old we'll be something to contend with," joked Williamson, who turns 69 in 2011. "People think I should go ahead and retire - but I'm not ready yet!"
Robert Chown and Mr Dual Brooksinic captured the Open Bridle Reserve Championship with a 437.5. Mr Dual Brooksinic, by Mister Dual Pep and out of Brooksinic, is owned by Joe Cunningham of Stonewall, Louisiana. Chown and Mr Dual Brooksinic won $6,640, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Kevin and Sydney Knight, a pair of custom spurs from Tom Balding Bits & Spurs, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, an ESP saddle pad from Classic Equine, a commemorative World Finals vest from Gist Silversmiths, and a C.R. Morrison commemorative medallion.
The NRCHA Celebration of Champions, held at the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas, features the Circle Y Ranch Derby, the NRCHA World Championship Show presented by John Deere, and the NRCHA World's Greatest Horseman. The show in its entirety can be seen free of charge thanks to NRCHA Official Videographer Galloping Video. To view the live webcast, visit the NRCHA website or Galloping Video's website at www.gallopingvideo.com.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association, now in its 62nd year, is the governing body of cow horse competition, is responsible for promoting the sport, insuring high standards of competition and educating members and the public about the history and tradition of the cow horse. Through the support of a Corporate Partner family that includes Adequan, Bob's Custom Saddles, Cinch, Classic Equine, Gist Silversmiths, John Deere, Markel Insurance Company, Nutrena, Pfizer Animal Health, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Running W Designs, the Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino, and Merial products UlcerGard and EQUIOXX, the association works to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today's equine industry. For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA Official Web Site at www.nrcha.com.
Photo: Doug Williamson at last year's Hackamore by Primo