2011 Youth World
Isaac Fontenot of Ville Platte, Louisiana, ropes on Matataris Rapper to win the tie-down world championship August 13 at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
It’s not the first time Isaac Fontenot has been in the tie-down roping winner’s circle at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
But it might be the best.
“I guess it’s better,” the 18-year-old from Ville Platte, Louisiana, said. “Because I had two this time. One was first and one was third.”
Isaac’s world champion mare, Matataris Rapper, is a full sister to his third-place mare, Mattis Little Rapper.
In 2010, Isaac was the reserve champion in tie-down with Matataris Rapper. In 2009, he was the world champion with Matataris Rapper and placed sixth with her sister.
He calls his winning mare “the good mare,” because “she’s pretty good,” and calls the other mare “Sistah” because she’s the sister to the good mare.
Both mares are by Smart Little Rapper and out of Matataris Girl by Right This Minnick.
He recently received a scholarship from the American Quarter Horse Foundation and will attend McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the fall, where he’ll major in business administration and rope for the college rodeo team with his good mares.
“I’m taking both of them,” he said.
Isaac has one more year left of youth eligibility but doesn’t know yet whether he’ll return to defend his title. He does know whom to thank, though.
“My dad, who’s always helping me practice and getting horses tuned up, and I thank God. Without him, nothing’s possible.”