Randy Weaver of Montgomery, Texas, takes his victory lap after winning the world championship in tie-down roping August 30 at the Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
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by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
For two years now, Randy Weaver has been unable to break through that rope barrier.
In 2009 and 2010, the cowboy preacher from Montgomery, Texas, was reserve world champion in tie-down roping.
But on August 30 at the Adequan Select World Championship Show, that all changed when Randy and Humo Command posted a score of 218 for the win in tie-down roping.
“I have to pinch myself,” Randy said in his exclusive Journal Winning Run interview. “We almost didn’t get to come, and things turned out so we could come. We’re really excited. They’ve done such a good job here at the horse show. The Quarter Horse Association does such a great job. We’re really honored to be a part of something so great. I feel like the Lord has really smiled on us today and gave us a good blessing. I’ve got a great horse and a great wife, great kids, it’s a great life.”
Humo Command is a 1999 sorrel gelding by Cee Bee Command-Peppys Apree by Peppys Humo. He was bred by David and Lorene Zimmerman of American Falls, Idaho.
“They actually gave this horse to me as a 2-year-old,” Randy said. “We’ve raised him ever since then. They have a lot of horses up there, but we really liked him, and Dave told me, ‘If you’ve got a halter, you can put him in that trailer. I’m just going to give him to you.’ We’ve had him ever since then. This is our third year (here) and we’ve done really well on him. He likes it. We’re just really blessed.”
“Smokey” sired some colts for Randy and his wife, Darla, before being gelded, and he sports a specific brand on his left cheek.
“This is three crosses on a hill,” Randy said. “I'm pastor at the Lone Star Cowboy Church in Montgomery, Texas, and we always want to remember why we’re blessed. It’s because of God’s grace and his mercy to us. We had that little brand made. We think all the good things come from the Lord.”
In the finals August 30, Randy was blessed with a slower calf.
“I had been told that he’d run out of there, so I had a good start, and the little horse just caught up really fast,” Randy said. “He just rated really well, and I was able to get a good throw. This little horse, he shows so good. He’s always paying attention and has his ears up and is thinking about it.”
Randy and Darla were still thinking about how to celebrate when they spoke with the Journal.
“We work so hard, and we just took the week off, and we’ll probably stay here one more day and that will be our celebration,” he said. “We’ll have to go to Texas Roadhouse and eat a big steak.
“We’re honored to be here,” he repeated.