by Laura StevensThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Robbie Schroeder and Hava Blue Boy scored a 222.0 to win the junior tie-down roping November 20 at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
Robbie rode “Blue Boy” for owner Emily Barton of Bluff Dale, Texas.
Going into the finals, he felt confident in the bay roan gelding: “In the (preliminaries) he was really good. I knew he was a really good horse; I rode him here last year.”
In tie-down roping, horses are also judged on how they stand in the box. Blue Boy stood quietly and “scored really good,” Robbie said.
Robbie was pretty well acquainted with the calf he drew; he had drawn the same calf in his rope-off against C.R. Bradley in the senior tie-down November 19. Robbie planned his championship run to make sure to give the calf a little more time to run.
“When I got to him I lost my right stirrup, so when I roped him I had to get off to the left,” Robbie said.
At five years old, Blue Boy knows his job. “The horse worked a really good rope; he really stopped hard, then worked a perfect rope,” Robbie said.
Robbie has roped off Blue Boy since he was a 3-year-old. In 2009, the pair finished 6th in junior tie-down roping at the World Show.
This year, they’re taking home the gold trophy.
“I knew if I did my job that he’d do his,” Robbie said.
Robbie Schroeder and Hava Blue Boy take their victory lap.