By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse JournalJune 18, 2013
Hayden Segelke rounds a barrel on the horse her mother bred, HPQ Smokin Rascal, on their way to winning AQHA Horse of the Year at the College National Finals Rodeo. (Dan Hubbell photo)
When the roping and the racing were over June 15, two horses were named AQHA Horses of the Year at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.
Clayton Shaw of Alvord, Texas, won the title for the men’s side on Last Little Cowboy, a 2004 sorrel gelding by Singing Cowboy and out of Last Little Remedy by Beau Remedy. The horse was bred by Chuck and Betty Rehnborg of Eufaula, Oklahoma. Clayton rides for Tarleton State University.
On the women’s side, Hayden Segelke of Snyder, Colorado, rode HPQ Smokin Rascal to the all-around title for Northeastern Junior College and along the way picked up the top horse honors.
“I won the all-around last year, and then I won the all-around this year,” Hayden says. “Then when ‘Rascal’ won Horse of the Year, that was unexpected. It was pretty exciting.”
HPQ Smokin Rascal” is a 2006 palomino gelding by Una Frio Cervez and out of Miss Smokin Annie by Fols Smoke. He was bred and is still owned by Hayden’s mom, Vickie A. Segelke of Snyder. Hayden rode him in barrel racing and ended up second in the nation in goat tying.
“He’s a very emotional horse,” Hayden says. “The first go-round, he hit second going into it, but I picked it up so he didn’t hit it, but I think he thought we had hit it, because when we went back (to the stalls), he was sad. All day, he was just moping, and he’s usually energetic. He loves to do well, and he loves to do his job. He knows when he hits a barrel and he knows that’s not good.”
Hayden broke Rascal herself and has several of Rascal’s full siblings in the pipeline for her continued success, and she hopes they'll take to barrels just like Rascal did.
“It was a good week,” she says. “I’m not complaining at all.”
This year makes the third year in a row that a homebred was on top on the women’s side. In 2011 and 2012, Bogies Lil Skeeter was horse of the year for Elizabeth Combs of Eltopia, Washington. Liz has graduated from college, but she and “Skeeter” are currently 31st in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association standings.
The CNFR is part of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, which sanctions college rodeos throughout the United States. The finals were June 9-15.
Men’s team – Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, Oklahoma
Women’s team – Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
Men’s all-around – Billy Bob Brown, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas
Women’s all-around – Hayden Segelke, Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, Colorado
Team roping – Billy Bob Brown, Tarleton State University, and Logan Medlin, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico
Barrel racing – Timmi Ward, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho
Breakaway roping – Kimberlyn Fehringer, Idaho State University
Steer wrestling – Corey Rogers, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Goat tying – Jordan Thurston-Miller, Gillette College, Gillette,Wyoming
Tie-down roping – Zac Wilson, University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama
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