Sarasota, FL - January 11, 2015 - After four fun days of top-quality reined cow horse competition, the Horse Show By Appointment (HSBA) Championship Double C Saddlery Finals came to a conclusion on Sunday.
Youth, Level One and Level Two Boxing and Two Rein competitors all came out for their second run at Triple J Ranch in Sarasota, Florida, before HSBA presented the final championship awards, including generous cash prizes, custom saddles from Double C Saddlery and knives and belt buckles from Skyline Silversmiths.
Throughout the course of the weekend, HSBA awarded $100,000 in cash and prizes, contributing to the great success of the HSBA Championship Finals in only their second year.
"This year was even bigger and better than last year," HSBA founder Rick Steed said. "We had a great fill. Triple J Ranch and Steed Training were able to pay the youth entry fees and make it very comfortable for them to be here and have the opportunity to compete, which was great."
Steed continued, "There was lot of friendly rivalry going on. The feeling of the whole show was very friendly, relaxed and great all around."
On the final day of competition, the Open and Non Pro Two Rein competitors took to the ring first for their second and final shot at the top spots. In the Open Two Rein division, the championship went to Robert J. Smith III and Jodi Henderson's Chics Burnin Daylite, and in the Non Pro Two Rein, the championship was awarded to Morgan Holmes and her own Mutt.
Holmes, daughter of Triple J Ranch owners Jay and Rhonda Holmes, is a freshman at Vernon College in Texas, and Mutt is one of the three horses that she has had at school with her while competing on the school's rodeo team.
"We bred her momma, and I trained her," Morgan said of the 6-year-old mare, Mutt. "She's a pretty cool little horse. This is actually our last cow horse show with her. She's going to be a rope horse now."
Morgan continued, "She'll most likely go back to school with me so that we can practice, and she can get seasoned."
Morgan is now two-for-two in the HSBA Non Pro Two Rein division, having won the championship last year as well.
In the closely contested Level 1 Boxing division, the championship went to Jackie Esker and her own Gunna Miss You, a mount her trainer, Steed, helped connect her with.
"I've had her for nine months. She's pretty new," Esker explained. "She came from somebody else, and Rick Steed had her. She was blown up. Some trainer had totally fried her brain. Now she's lovely on a cow. She doesn't let a cow by her. She and I really connect. Rick put us together, and he matched me up with her because my energy is so low and hers is high. We just kind of came together, and she's really quiet for me and good for me. We're a great match."
Esker continued, "I was really happy with her this weekend. Our first run was fabulous. I just went out there to try to do the best I could and just make a clean run on the second run. We did it, and I'm happy."
Esker hopes to move up a level with Gunna Miss You before next year's HSBA Championship Finals, and she plans to continue competing with HSBA as much as possible.
"The SBA shows are a lot of fun," Esker said. There's a lot of great people here, and we all get along really well and cheer each other on. We want the best for the next person that goes in the ring."
Thanks largely to the generous support of Steed Training and Triple J Ranch who covered entry costs, a large number of Youth and Little Britches division riders also had their go in the competition arena.
The young riders' runs made up the bulk of the afternoon competition before Hannah Hedgcock earned the Youth Boxing championship aboard her own Heza German Jewel and Karissa Hammerich claimed the Little Britches Championship riding Paige Farr's Colonel Rey Lynx Ct.
Rounding out the list of champions were Tracey Sanchez and Smart Master Plan in the Amateur Boxing division and Ariana Rivera and Arawans Gold Rose in the Level 2 Boxing.
Now, with the Championship Finals complete, Horse Show By Appointment will be making plans for its full season of competition in 2015. For information on Horse Show By Appointment, like HSBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShowByAppointment and visit their website at www.showbyappointment.com for news and updates about the upcoming season.
About Horse Show By Appointment
Horse Show By Appointment's fresh approach to reined cow horse competition has been an unprecedented success and aims to make showing "Fun, Fair and Affordable" for competitors. To accommodate those traveling long distances to show and to help busy riders fit showing in at their convenience, HSBA allows riders to reserve their own ride times in advance. This cuts down on usual travel expenses such as stall rentals and hotels and encourages competitors to make the trip and join in the fun.
Each HSBA series includes four shows. Riders who compete at three out of the four shows earn a place in the annual Championship Finals, which offer over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Competitors may also qualify for the Finals in absentia by simply sending in entries and payment to each of the four shows.
Steed Training and Horse Show By Appointment are preparing to open an additional facility in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida, less than 10 miles from the center of Wellington. Once complete, it will be a top-notch venue for reined cow horse competitors and other Western riders. The new facility, including a state-of-the-art arena complete with lighting, will open in January and allow Steed Training to build on their commitment to bringing Western riding to the Wellington area. Pro polo player and singer/guitarist Tom Blake will be performing at the Steed Training/HSBA events.
Sponsorships are available for HSBA's 2015 season, and now is the perfect time to get on board to take full advantage of HSBA's events and associated promotional opportunities. Contact Susan Shelly, Steed Training/HSBA Sponsorship Director, at email@example.com or (561) 305-1432 for more information.