April 16-18
State Fair Park in Oklahoma City

April 19, 2014

Roping, Reining and Riding

Exhibitors throw down their best efforts as the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championships draw to a close.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal

Kadra Lee Dunlap wins performance halter geldings with Rebel Jim McCloud at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championships in Oklahoma City.

Kadra Lee Dunlap of Grant, Oklahoma, celebrates her win in performance halter geldings April 19 with her homebred Rebel Jim McCloud at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championships in Oklahoma City. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) For more photos, scroll to the slide show above..

Kadra Lee Dunlap wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry April 19 at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Cattle Novice Championships, so she did a little of both.

After a weekend full of classes, she finally won performance halter geldings with Rebel Jim McCloud.

“He is just a rock star, that’s all you can about him,” Kadra said. “He does everything I ever need him to do.”

Rebel Jim McCloud is a 2006 bay gelding by Cloudy Star Snip and out of Lacy Cue Country by Im Obviously Country. Kadra bred the gelding.

“His grandmother, Jims Top Lady, will be turning 32 on the 19th of May this year,” Kadra said. “I raised his mom, and I pulled him out of his mother when he was born. He is just the pride and joy of our whole place.”

Kadra has shown “Jim” in regional championships and at the 2013 Nutrena East Novice Championships in classes from barrel racing to working cow horse.

“He’s just the greatest thing in the world,” Kadra said. “I’ve tried to rope off him but I can’t catch anything but his head. We’ve done one Versatility Ranch Horse class and caught the cattle bug doing that. That’s what my dream was to do.”

Last year, Kadra discovered the American Stock Horse Association was a pretty good fit for Jim’s talents.

“We wound up winning (novice) high-point all-around for the year-end,” she said. “He’s not great at anything but looking good, but he’s pretty good at everything.”