Bryce H. Briggs takes his victory lap on Bowmans Dry Mate. (Journal photo)
by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Two former world champions added to their gold trophy collections August 9 at the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
Bryce Briggs of Pilot Point, Texas, won heeling while his buddy John Ryon Foster of Brock, Texas, won heading.
“We live only a couple of hours apart, so we rope together all the time,” John Ryon said.
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John Ryon was on Smart Fancy Cutter, a 2002 sorrel mare by Smart Peppy Cutter and out of Dyke N Raleigh. She was bred by D.G. and C.A. Lawley of Red Bluff, California.
“She’s a 12-year-old mare I got from Seth Jordan, a cutter,” John Ryon said. “I’ve had her about five years.”
In 2011, John Ryon won the world championship in heeling on her.
“I was in all the roping events (this week),” Bryce said. “I won (heeling) on Bowmans Dry Mate. He’s 13. We got him from (AQHA Professional Horseman) C.R. Bradley and I won the calf-roping on him last year then won the heeling prelims and finals on him this year.”
Bowmans Dry Mate is a 1999 palomino gelding by Smart Mate and out of Dry Fancy by Dry Doc 16. He was bred by Roland Bowman of Wynnewood, Oklahoma. In heeling, Bryce’s score of 221.5 was good for the win. C.R, who headed for Bryce, is also Bryce’s trainer.
“I was thinking about catching, roping two feet, trying to win something,” Bryce said. “(C.R. has) taught me what it takes to win and how much work you’ve got to put into it. The number of hours you have to do to win.”
AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, heeled for John Ryon.
“He’s not my trainer but he has helped at a lot of the horse shows,” John Ryon said. “He helps me just about every year. Ryan and Robbie Schroeder are my trainers. Ryan headed for me this year. When I first started roping, I went there, so he’s taught me just about everything I know.”
John Ryon’s score of 219 took him to the championship.
“This year, I wanted to make the best run I could, and it worked out,” he said.
The buddies had a big celebration planned.
“We’ll probably just rope the dummy the rest of the day,” John Ryon said.