February 28 - March 2, 2013, Houston, Texas
Jeremy Gugelmeyer and ARC Alil Cash Please are the 2012 Pfizer Versatility Ranch Horse world champions.
Going into the amateur working ranch horse class – the last of the five classes in amateur Versatility Ranch Horse – Jeremy Gugelmeyer of Dalhart, Texas, and Andre Weber of Gaggenau, Germany, were tied at 33 points in the overall standings. The amateur world championship hinged on the quality of their reining patterns and, even more critical, the cooperativeness of the cattle in the fence-work portion of the class.
Andre, riding Jimbo Humphrey’s horse Josephs Catchum All, was fourth in the working order. Jeremy aboard ARC Alil Cash Please was ninth, while his wife, Sara, who held her own in this week’s competition, was third in the go on Colonels Miss Chic. Sara was sitting third in the overall standings.
After the dust settled, Jeremy had won the working ranch horse class, with a score of 330. Thus, he picked up the gold trophy, winning the world title by only two points. Andre was third in the working ranch horse, with a score of 289, and got the silver trophy as the reserve world champion. Sara was second in the working ranch horse, with a score of 302, and took home the bronze trophy in the overall world champion competition.
It was a very good Pfizer Versatility World for the Gugelmeyers.
“We knew were going to have to have a heck of a run going into the working ranch horse,” Jeremy told the Journal. “Andre was mounted well – Jimbo’s horse is a pretty good horse, and we just knew we had to make a good run.”
And, of course, the cattle were unpredictable.
“I’d seen a couple of runs before mine and I was a little bit worried about the cattle,” Jeremy said. “My horse will really shine down the fence and I hadn’t seen a cow yet that I thought would really run down the fence, but we drew really good.”
Jeremy also won the ranch cutting.
“That was one of my best runs I’ve ever had in the cutting,” he said. “My horse felt really good.”
Jeremy and Sara have owned “Cash,” who is by Chic Please and out of Precious Lil Cash, for a couple of years. The 2006 bay gelding was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses of Weatherford, Texas. Jeremy has competed on Cash in some National Reined Cow Horse Association derbies.
“We really didn’t buy him for the versatility, but our trainer Jay Henson wanted me to show him in the versatility a few times just to get some arena time and the event kind of grew on me,” Jeremy said.
Jeremy and Cash were third in the trail and third in ranch riding, which were two classes combined into one, but with separate scores for each.
“I had a couple bobbles in there, but it was pretty good overall,” he added. “There was a lot to remember in one setting.
Jeremy and Cash were also third in ranch conformation.
“In the halter, that’s anyone’s game with that many horses in the arena that are that good,” he said.
Jeremy and Sara look after the yearling cattle running on his family’s ranches in Kansas and Texas, and in the winter they also operate a guided hunting business, Sagebrush Hunts.
“We’re kind of nomads,” he chuckled. “Between looking after the yearlings and guiding hunts, we’re on the road showing reined cow horse, versatility, AQHA cow horse and the ranch pleasure, too.”
The couple expressed their thanks to Sara’s parents, Brad and Sue Weller, who go with them to a lot of shows and help out with the horses and the couple’s son Calvin, who will be 2 this summer.
“Without their help, we wouldn’t be able to do this,” Sara added.
And the couple isn't done. They're both also competing in the open division of the 2012 Pfizer Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show, which will conclude this evening.