by Holly ClanahanThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Stylish Rocky and AQHA Professional Horseman Clay Logan roped their way to a stylish score of 223.5 in junior heeling.
The ex-cutting horses are working well for AQHA Professional Horseman Clay Logan of Granbury, Texas.
On November 17 at the AQHA World Championship Show, Clay carried away his second gold trophy in two days aboard a cutter-turned-rope horse. Stylish Rocky, owned by Dawn Civiero of Acton, Ontario, captured the win in junior heeling. Just the day before, Clay earned a world championship in senior heeling on Replay Blue Boon.
“Unbelievable,” Clay said. “This is a 5-year-old horse we’ve had for a couple of years, and it’s the same deal. He came from the cutters and wasn’t quite good enough. … This is the first year we’ve gotten to show him (in the roping), and we’re just thrilled.”
Recounting his world championship run, Clay said that “Rocky” was good in the box. The steer ran hard, but Rocky built up speed, positioned himself correctly and set Clay up for a perfect heel loop.
“I knew that it would be close,” Clay said. “I knew that J.D. (Yates) had a good run; I knew that Steve (Orth) had a good run, and Jay (Wadhams). I knew all of them would be close, and then when it came down to J.D. and I, I mean, J.D.’s the king, and I was just very fortunate that I came out on top today.”
J.D. and Little Jerry Lee finished second by just a half point.
Rocky also competed in the amateur division at the World Show, with his owner on board.
“He just takes care of her,” Clay said. “He’s just a very nice gelding. He’ll let her get along, and she’s more of a novice roper, and then he’ll be able to come back and do this in the open. That’s all the better.”
So for Clay, coming off a win November 16, how did he get his head in the game for the junior team-roping classes the following day?
“We just got up this morning and went and worked 'em again,” he said. “I told Clint (Johnson, his header), I said, ‘We’re last horse, and I think they’re looking for somebody to win it.’ ”
His score of 223.5 was enough to do it.
World Show team roping has been productive for Clay, with his barn bringing 11 horses to the finals of the junior and senior heading and heeling classes.
“We’ve had an outstanding week,” he said. “Most everything in our barn is ex-cutters. We live in an area where the cutting horses are, and that’s what we kind of go choose from. Those trainers will call and say they have a horse that’s not going to work for them, that’s a little bigger or whatever, so I’ll go look and if we can make it work, we’ll make it work.
“It has been an unbelievable week.”