Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - 2001 was a banner year for the Kyle Ranch team, which earned an amazing three National Reining Horse Association World Championships. Pete Kyle won the year's premiere title - Open World Champion - on Dun It The Hard Way. Assistant trainer Jordan Lawson piloted Amber N Oak to the Limited Open World Championship and Melissa Johnson took advantage of Kyle Ranch coaching to earn the Limited Non Pro World title on Dunnits Bandito.
Located just south of Whitesboro, Texas, Kyle Ranch is a state-of-the-art training and breeding facility that is home to some of the country's top stallions. American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman of the Year Pete Kyle and his wife, Tamra, moved to the Highway 377 location just seven years ago with the goal of building a top reining operation. Since then, Pete's success in world-class reining competition has propelled him to a leadership role in the industry and he currently serves as the Chairman of the United States Equestrian Team Active Competitors Committee, as well as the American Quarter Horse Association Judges Committee. He is also a founding board member of the National Reining Breeders Classic, the largest reining stallion incentive program in the world.
In 2001, Kyle and the flashy buckskin mare, Dun It The Hard Way, became the team to watch in NRHA Open competition. Owned by Charlotte DeCoster of Belgium, the great mare has been trained by Pete since she was a 2-year-old and together they've put together an incredible winning record. They were United States Equestrian Team Reining Championship finalists and won the 1999 US Equestrian Team Festival of Champions Freestyle Championship, the NRHA Derby Intermediate Championship, and collected earnings in excess of $70,000.
"Dun It The Hard Way is one of the all-time great reining mares. She has had a lot of great runs and continues to give more," said Kyle. But his tenure on the mare has come to an end and in the future, Dun It The Hard Way will be shown by her owner, Charlotte, in Non Pro competition when her school schedule at Austin College in Sherman permits. Pete will ride one of the mare's daughters, Im So Anson, in Derby competition in 2002.
Kyle Ranch Assistant Trainer Jordan Larson won the 2001 NRHA Limited Open World Championship on Amber N Oak and claimed the 2001 Intermediate Open Reserve World Champion title, as well.
The 11-year-old daughter of Docs Amberjack out of Tootsie Oak by Docs Oak will have a rider change in 2002, as her owner, Lisa Maberry, of Dallas, Texas, will begin to show her in Rookie and Non Pro competition.
The Kyle Ranch training and coaching program guided Non Pro Melissa Johnson of Aubrey, Texas, to the 2001 Limited Non Pro World Championship on Dunnits Bandito (Hollywood Dun It X Dox Citrine) to round out the trio of world championships. Although it the first year for Johnson to show a reiner, she's an experienced rider, with an AQHA Youth Horsemanship World Championship and Congress All Around Youth title to her credit.
All three world champions will be honored at the National Reining Horse Association's annual Awards Banquet, held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Derby May 14-19.
The National Reining Horse Association is the world-wide governing body of reining, responsible for promoting the sport, working to insure the highest standards of competition and educating its members and the public about reining. For information on the National Reining Horse Association, call 405-946-7400 or visit the NRHA Official Web Site at www.nrha.com.